Mindfulness is the art of being here and now. This is easy to say and more difficult to do, because our mind keeps wandering all the time and it is really difficult to be mindful on a specific issue more than 18 minutes as neuroscience is showing us.
Our mind keeps wandering around, between the past and the future. We need to have the intention to put the attention on the present moment. This is an ability that we can train. This wandering around generates stress and on a long-term basis this can affect our health. As the scientific journal Science says: “A wandering mind is an Unhappy mind” (J. Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living, 2013)
Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises by paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (J. Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living, 2013). When we manage to train this skill, we learn a new way of living and working, we enjoy what we are doing, we remember better, we sleep better and all this results in a better health and wellbeing.
There are a large number of scientific studies that provide evidence that mindfulness and specifically the program MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is an intervention that reduces the symptoms of anxiety and psychological discomfort by 30% to 40%.
Mindful practice shows us how to connect with ourselves and with the others: practicing “just being”. When we start experiencing this “being in the present moment”, we start enjoying the benefits of this practice:
We take better decisions because we align our mind with the heart and the intuition
We answer to emotions instead of reacting
We develop resilience
We improve our time management
We sleep better
We reduce stress
We discover our behavioural patterns and then we can decide if we want to change some of them
We remember better
We develop compassion
We increase our wellbeing
I organize workshops based on mindfulness to learn how to practice and cultivate this skill and use it to develop leadership, to manage emotions, to improve time management, to create resilience, to communicate better, to improve personal and professional relationships.
Anna Casas. Executive coaching, team coaching, systemic facilitation, supervision, mindfulness, training