Being mindful can be defined as ‘the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis’. Mindful workplaces have been shown to improve employee focus, increase attention span, enhance mood and reduce stress.
A recent Harvard Business Review study concluded that regular mindfulness/meditation practice produces an improvement in three capacities that are key for workplace success:
• Capacity for collaboration;
• Ability to deal with complex conditions.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognise a condition of happiness
that you have – happiness comes.
Thich Nhat Hanh.
1. Encourage teams to step away from their desks at coffee and lunch breaks so that they can be mindful during those “between” moments – tasting their food, talking a walk and finding essential pauses during the working day;
2. Use mindful communication – mindful speech is more powerful than the mindless variety and together with deeper listening creates better connections and peer to peer engagement;
3. Use technology mindfully – encourage flight mode times, the use of Buddha bells and other alarms after periods of social network use among your teams. Limit after-hours emails/texts to emergencies only.
4. Take mindfulness/meditation sessions together (focusing and/or sensing into what is rising and falling in the body, mind and breath).*
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