When you practice Mindfulness techniques you engage the intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental focus of your attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment [definition source: Wikipedia].
Although mindfulness is often taught through more formal meditation practices, we can all learn to be mindful of improving attention to, interaction with, and understanding of others. Not only does the practice of mindfulness help us understand our own actions and those of others better, but we can implement this knowledge in professional and personal situations to improve positivity and happiness.
Mindfulness is intended to be a positive, enjoyable action, not work or effort, and there is a multitude of ways it can improve your life (sources: Huffington Post and Diply):
- It lowers stress
- It allows you to know your true self
- It helps your brain to protect against mental illness
- It’s working even when you’re not actively practicing it
- It makes you a better person and more compassionate towards others
- It helps you sleep better
- It can help you focus and multi-task (for more about Corporate Mindfulness, check out a previous blog post)
- It has physical benefits in reducing stress-induced inflammation, thus relieving chronic pain, reducing arthritis and the risk of heart disease, and aiding in weight loss
Make sure to learn more about out our upcoming course The Art & Science of Mindfulness where you will learn to practice mindfulness techniques like the pros!
If you’re interested in reading more about mindfulness, see our Mindfulness Benefits guide and read about five exercises to help you live with joy at Five Steps to Mindfulness. Finally, a number of companies are now starting to employ workplace mindfulness, encouraging staff to take time of out of their days for compassion and mindfulness - check out Inc.'s article about it.