What is Mindfulness?
“Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”
–Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing attention to the inner and outer experiences occurring in the present moment, whilst enhancing one’s ability to understand needs and feelings in real time, in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness practice cultivates the ability to disengage from incapacitating worry and negative thinking, and to respond skillfully rather than react in an impulsive or automatic way.
Research has found many physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of Mindfulness practice. Furthermore, brain researchers showed strong evidence of physical and neurological benefits to the brain when Mindfulness is practiced regularly, as it facilitates brain growth and plasticity (which usually stops at the age of 30!).
Scientifically Proven Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness:
1. Enhanced PRODUCTIVITY & CREATIVITY
In our highly pressurized, competitive, and money driven work environment, we strive to separate ourselves from others, and to grasp our own desires and ambitions. Mindfulness has been proven to elevate employees’ creativity and productivity, and to enhance leadership and comprehensive decision-making.
2. Clarity in DECISION MAKING
For most of us, career decisions involve a complex combination of practical, logical and emotional factors. However, most people take the logical and practical factors into account, often ignoring intuition, and ‘gut feeling.’ Mindfulness training can help you to tune in and consider these emotional factors, thus allowing you to make more balanced decisions, rather than make what may seem like the ‘right’ decisions.
3. Increased FOCUS & ATTENTION
Many people suffer from an inability to concentrate during their work, and believe this to be a hopeless condition with no solution. However, Mindfulness training can significantly improve one’s reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus, which can help bring more engagement and attentiveness to the task at hand.
4. Decreased STRESS & ANXIETY
Mindfulness has proven to ameliorate stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behavior (Shapiro et al. , 2000). When faced with stressful or overwhelming situations, Mindfulness training can provide us with the tools to remain calm, think before acting, and face problems head on.
5. Improved WELL BEING & HAPPINESS
Happiness is a power we hold within ourselves. Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth found that we are happiest when we are mindful of the moment, and we are least happy when the mind is wandering. Mindfulness training has been proven to maximize general well being and flourishing, as well as develop emotional resilience, tolerance, empathy, and self-compassion.
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