Mindfulness is a practice that enables you to build awareness, focus on the task at hand, and be in the moment.
As a practice, it enables an individual to bring their complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It involves Paying Attention in a particular way – consciously.
The Benefits of Mindfulness are that it enables an individual to:
- Create Internal Boundaries, and
- Function More Efficiently
Our minds are easily distracted, habitually examining past events, trying to anticipate future ones, paying very little attention to what is happening in the present.
This means that for much of the time, we may be unaware of much of our present experience. In our modern busy lives, we can function on ‘automatic pilot’, thus losing awareness of the present moment as we juggle work, home, study, finances and other conflicting demands.
This can lead to us failing to notice the good things about our lives, or what we may be in need of, for example what our bodies are trying to tell us, the level of stress we are under.
Learning to become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations in a way that suspends judgement can have a positive impact on our lives.
It does not eradicate life’s pressures, but enables us to respond to them with consciousness and awareness. This recognition can then help us step away from negative patterns of behaviour and improve our quality of life.
At Craft of Communication, we have introduced the practice of Mindfulness into the corporate sector to build awareness, notice habitual patterns with the potential to implement change.
Mindfulness is a secular practice that can be done anywhere, whether at home, at work, in a meeting. The possibilities are unique to individual requirements and endless.
Mindfulness enables individuals to:
- Focus on the task at hand
- Accept what is really happening in the moment
- Improve communication with yourself and others
- Take a focused and realistic step by step process to reaching targets
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Alter negative habitual reactivity in relationships
- By pass the potential for conflict
Mindfulness can be coached in groups or 1:1.