Mindfulness is the ability to transcend ordinary thinking and stress, by inhabiting a way of being that allows us to experience our lives in the present moment. What is mindfulness and how does it help? Mindfulness means to deliberately pay attention to your experience in the present moment (your physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions) with kindness and curiosity. In this modern, fast-paced life, we tend to just operate day-to-day like robots a lot of the time. Our minds are often disconnected from our bodies, and rather than bringing attention to our present moment experience, we get lost in thoughts that will get us nowhere. We waste our time and energy thinking and worrying about things that have already happened; or planning, thinking, and worrying about what may happen later.
When we live like this, we miss out on many of the moments of our lives. Not only do a lot of our routine tasks become automatic, even our emotional responses become very robotic. We end up not having the presence of mind to respond thoughtfully and carefully to situations, and when we think about them later on, we may regret our instant reactions. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This strengthens our ability to be more fully present in our lives, and to become aware of our experiences and the way in which we respond to them.
Mindfulness is an especially important practice to adopt in the work place. At Hissah Enrichment Center, we promote the exploration of mindfulness practices relevant to improving work performance. These concepts are introduced and discussed, with relevant examples and scenarios to help understand these practices and how to implement them. Mindfulness training is for everyone, as it is an important practice to adopt in a time when there are personal and professional stresses on the rise and people are searching for ways to be more at ease – leading to better productivity.