Ah mindfulness, you’ve heard of this term before and you might be wondering what it’s really all about. According to Psychology Today:
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
When speaking to John Biggs of TechCrunch,Deepak Chopra said:
Multitasking is the one thing that gets worst with practice.If you are in the habit of multitasking, the more you do it the worst you’ll get number one. Secondly, it damages your neuronetworks. So of course in wisdom traditions in spiritual divine is presence. Presence means to be in the moment and to be fully present. If you’re not fully present you’re not there. That means the most important thing you’re doing is what you’re doing right now.
Have you been trying to master multi-tasking to much frustration? Mindfulness can help with that.
Mindfulness is more than the buzz its causing in pop culture and the media – it’s a real, intangible but effective way to become one with yourself, your life, your ego, your expectations – and many other things. Mindfulness allows you to tap in, not tune out, and be cognizant of what is going on at that very moment.
For example, If you’re constantly thinking negatively then reacting negatively to situations, yourself or others practicing mindfulness can help in brining that awareness to your conscious then allow yourself to go through the motions. It’s not about trying franticly to fix it either – but more about realizing that you’re feeling that way and acknowledging it. You can then meditate on a positivity, calmness and peace to help remove that from your thoughts.
Work is an intregal part of our lives – whether we run the show or are a piece of the overall picture; we work to provide ourselves with an income, to do what we love, to help others, to provide for others, etc. Sometimes we go through our work day like zombies, not really thinking too much about anything. If you find yourself disengaging from your work it can impact you in many ways. You co-workers (or boss) may start to notice, they might think you don’t care or are uninterested. That might not be the case at all, you might just be overwhelmed with the amount of work, the type of work, the work environment or maybe things are a little bumpy in your personal life.
We understand. No one’s life is perfect and sometimes we need to find a way to keep everything in sync. Being mindful in your life can easily transition into being mindful at work – you just have to apply the same principles to different situations.
Here are 5 Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness At Work to help you get the ball rolling.