Mindfulness in the workplace has become a hot topic these days as organizations strive to achieve business excellence, drive employee engagement, and manage constant change. The challenge is that the very use of mindfulness to accomplish anything goes against the teachings of the practice.
Mindfulness involves bringing your attention to the moment you’re in right now with a gentle, open mind. You’re aware of breathing, thoughts, feelings, sensations, sounds, and surroundings. You note whatever’s happening with compassion for self, others, and the circumstance.
Here’s the million-dollar question. How do we translate the benefits of this ancient practice to transform modern workplace culture and develop sustainable business practices?
You don’t need to be sitting on top of the conference table with your legs crossed and eyes closed, chanting, bowing, and burning incense. There are basically two ways to practice mindfulness: formally and informally.
Mindfulness practice helps us build resilience, have more energy, focus on what’s important, stay calm and avoid reacting, improve relationships, sleep better, be patient, feel compassion, and be effective. Mindfulness helps us feel a sense of work-life, web-life balance.
I hope you’ll join me November 16-17 at Copper Beech Institute where I’ll be facilitating The Mindful Path to Leadership training.