Artwork by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
The Simple Truth
The way we feed and move our bodies shapes them throughout our lives and determines our strength, flexibility and resilience. Similarly, neuroscience shows that our habits of mind, our thoughts, behaviours and practices shape and define our mind’s capacities. We now have strong evidence that conscious and volitional mental practices can be used to shape our minds to enhance our effectiveness and the quality of our work and our lives.
At the moment, relatively few of us use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
But it is possible to dramatically alter your understanding of and relationship to your own thoughts, feelings and emotions. Mindfulness practice is conscious and volitional mental training that has evolved over thousands of years. With roots in eastern contemplative practices, it is now moving well beyond its roots into healthcare, education, policing, sports, psychology, law and the workplace because there is evidence for it’s efficacy in all these domains.
Mindfulness is an innate human capacity, a way of being
Mindfulness is quite simply non-judgmental present moment awareness. It is a way of being, an innate human capacity. It increases our ability to use intention, direct attention, to seeing clearly what is without resisting. It frees us from enslavement to habitual patterns and practices.
On the importance of practice and why you should just do it
An intellectual understanding of mindfulness is not much help without practice. Mindfulness can be developed through certain practices. These practices are simple but not easy. These practices if done consistently can change your organization and your life.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?