It is difficult to work and at the same time think about something other than our work. When are paying attention to what we are doing, we can work more efficiently, effectively, enthusiastically, and yet more calmly.
It is also often painful to think about something other than what we are actually doing. When we ruminate over the past or tremble over the future, we may feel that we are seeking solutions, but what we are really doing is rolling painful thoughts around inside our heads. We are just trying to control scary thinking by tackling shadows. Of course, these shadows just pop right back up, because they are just concepts memories or our imagination.
The way we gain power in using our memories and imagination is to return to the present moment.
Mindfulness (or awareness) is a practice of sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breathing. Mindfulness training has become available in universities, government agencies, counseling centers, schools, hospitals, religious groups, law firms, prisons, the military, and businesses.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation. It is helpful to define the word “meditate” from Google definitions.
“Think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
Mindfulness meditation has its roots in Buddhism. There are examples of meditation in Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity. For five hundred years, the Jesuits have followed the twice daily practice of eamen, taking breaks to become aware of mental balance. Research indicates that there are mental and physical benefits to meditation. You may that you find beneficial meditation practices your own religious literature. The point is to find joy, effectiveness, and success in your career and throughout your life by living in the present moment.
View video from BBC.com, “Scans ‘show mindfulness meditation brain boost'”
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