More than ever before, the business world is abuzz with the concept of mindfulness; and busy professionals, working in complex business environments are taking notice. Amazed by the powerful benefits this ancient modality offers, they are incorporating mindful meditation into their daily lives.
Backed by hard science, research provides strong evidence that the present-moment awareness of mindfulness changes the brain. Enhancing your level of consciousness, it’s like Miracle-Gro for your body’s extraordinary data processor.
Try practicing a mindful meditation technique for a few short weeks. I assure you, it will change the banter in your head from chaotic to calm. What mindfulness does to the brain will astound you!
Mindfulness is the action of being and living in the present moment; taking time to become aware of your surrounding environment. Your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations are in tune with what’s happening around you on purpose. Begin to experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature, the mundane action of household chores, or the discord of a morning commute to work.
Being mindful trains your brain to stay focused, becoming more mentally fit. Anchored in the present moment, you begin to live life with greater consciousness and appreciate day-to-day life more fully.
Companies like Google, Apple, and Target are incorporating mindful meditation into daily work schedules in an attempt to improve productivity and overall employee health. Savvy CEO’s have acknowledged that with mindfulness the brain opens to new ideas, stays tuned in and aware, and improves mental capacity and accuracy.
Simply put, because it’s running the show!
The brain responds to neuro-stimulation like the muscles do to physical exercise. Growing with use and withering away with inactivity, it’s like taking your brain to the gym. Practices that involve boosting brain function, heighten your awareness and senses. Creating an environment in which the brain is ready, willing and able to learn, you are improving your potential to log-in and process new information.
The positive ripple effects of a mindful meditation will help keep your brain functioning at its best. Feeling more motivated and invigorated, mindfulness has a positive impact your mood, self-esteem, and interaction with friends, family, and colleagues.
From keeping your brain sharp and developing critical thinking skills, to improving time management skills, mindfulness keeps your neurons firing. As well, it is known foster creativity and enhance brainstorming exercises.
Easing feelings associated with tension and anxiety, a regular practice will strengthen your attention span; allowing you to stay on point during the most stressful times. Putting you in control of your fate, you gain a sense of self-mastery and self-confidence. With this higher level awareness, you are better able to manage your feeling and increase your ability to ‘snap out of it.’
Learning to practice mindfulness is not difficult. That said, in order for it to be effective you must develop a level of consistency and make it a habit; 10 to 15 minutes a day will do.
Here are two easy to implement ways to incorporate mindfulness skills into your daily life:
#1. Begin or end of your day with a guided meditation
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#2. Quiet your mind and pay attention to your breath for a mid-day break
Research confirms what many religious and philosophical traditions have claimed for years, we experience our greatest joy when we are present and attentive. Practicing mindfulness will introduce you to ways to become fully engaged and develop high performance habits in your personal and professional life.
In order to establish a regular practice, you may need to try a variety of approaches and see what works best for you. Aim to set aside 10 to 15 minutes for yourself on a daily basis to incorporate this ancient custom into your busy day. If that doesn’t work for you, at least try for 3 or 4 days a week; do something, start somewhere!
While your practice may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, don’t give up. This will be like any other habit or routine you are trying to develop; you must stick with it. Be patient, be persistent, the changes will come.
I promise you, what mindfulness does to the brain will astound you!
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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