What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply a present state awareness, where you slow time down and are alert to what is happening both inside and outside of you, where you see what was invisible to you before by being more curious and open to options available to you. Through this change of awareness, it is as if you create new worlds for yourself and others - simply by being more intentional in your choices (rather than responding on autopilot).
Through increased awareness, you improve your focus. Or you are more able to notice patterns and opportunities you might have missed before. Through increased self-awareness, you create a bigger gap between stimulus (there is a traffic jam when I’m already late for an appointment) and response (my blood pressure rises - or I remain calm). As you slow time down, and take in more information, you make more conscious, and often better decisions and choices.
You had the tools to:
- slow time down,
- see what was invisible to you before, and
- be less reactive when triggered?
Why do we need these skills?
Nobel-winning economist Herbert Simon foresaw in 1977 that in a coming age rich in information, what information consumes is “the attention of its recipients - hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”. It could be argued that this “wealth of information” also creates an abundance of stress and distraction. All of which erodes our ability to focus and sustain real productivity - versus being very busy.
To navigate the landscape today, the busy professional needs tools and techniques to counter this wealth of information. They need techniques to be more aware of what is happening around them, self-aware of what’s happening inside of them and to be more intentional in their focus and their choices.
Mindfulness training and practice have been instrumental in my own work and life. My goal is to help leaders and busy professionals realize the many benefits of a mindfulness practice and to have more tools in their tool box as they navigate work and life.
The Mindful Wisdom Program
This program provides the skills and techniques for leaders and busy professionals to improve focus, reduce stress and increase productivity. The results being that they are more resilient to the stresses they face and more productive in the professional work they do – and in all areas of their lives.