Have you heard practice mindfulness, yup I agree this takes lots and lots of practice. For years and years in my career I was always on the go. Every second that I was awake focused on my job and getting everything done. Earlier this year I had a shift in my career and have taken a step back to look at the effects of all the go, go, go.
Interesting that as I research more efficient ways to be productive mindfulness continues to come up. But, what exactly is mindfulness and how does it make me productive.
According to John Ullmen mindfulness needs to be looked at in two words.
Mind Fullness – a mind fully present and engaged.
What is mindfulness?
If you google mindfulness, it comes up with a number of great websites. Mayo Clinic has a nice post on What is mindfulness? Mayo Clinic defines it as: Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment. They go on to say, Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. Not sure about you, but I can relate to the draining piece.
Benefit of Mindfulness
Everyone will experience different benefits from mindfulness. My goal is to be present and enjoy the moments verse getting caught in the hurry up and get it done. Since I began my practice of mindfulness, I am actually listening with my full attention. Appreciating that they are taking time to speak with me. Now, remember I did say I was practicing this and excited at how much I have grown. Everyday that I choose to be present in the moment allows me to listen to the sounds that are around me. Seeing all the beauty that surrounds me. To look people in the eyes and engage in a conversation and let them know what they have to say is important to me. Even with my clients that at 1,000 of miles away I choose to have meeting with Zoom video conferencing to allow me the ability to chat with them face to face.
I have a morning ritual that I like to begin my day. I talked about it in a previous post. I would encourage you to check out mindful exercises and find something that works for you. Here is a blog post from Alfred James on mindfulness exercises. You may as well try them, I am guessing these exercises would be a lot easier than 100 burpees. (:
I wish you success! May you enjoy a mindful day.