In mindfulness we are giving attention to what is seen, sensed and deeply known. There is a spiritual element of mindfulness that forces us to learn truth, the whole picture, so that we are informed when moving forward into our world. Creating a strategic plan, making a difficult decision, speaking in a difficult conversation all are affected and can be eased within a mindfulness place.
Mindfulness and meditation are inter-related. Meditation has saved my life, offering me skills to help me stay present in narrow constricted places. I have learned to be kinder to myself while enriching my relationships with others and myself. The practice has supported the development of my listening and strategic planning abilities.
Working from a place where mindfulness is a crucial part of effective leadership, I focus on the techniques and skills that provide a grounding from which the art of mindfulness grows. Many practitioners are integrating the practice of mindfulness into the business world. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living, and his Stress Reduction Management Program is a key player in this shift in thinking. Pema Chodron, When Life Falls Apart and Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness have also been my teachers and role models. Linda Ferguson in Path for Greatness has offered the idea is in alignment with Robert Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership paradigm, work as spiritual service. As a client once said to me, “There are reasons I am here –referring to his position-I do not know, yet!”
Present moment-to-moment awareness is a state of active, open attention on what is happening in that moment, what you are feeling, what you are thinking, what you are saying and what you are sensing. The purpose of mindfulness is to arrive at being able to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad, they just are. Mindfulness allows you to be able to live in the moment and be awakening to your experience.
Peace of mind is attained, from moment to moment by being able to be awake to your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensation and to make choices about how you are going to react to your present environment.
Mindfulness is a part of having a spiritual practice and opening up to possibilities. Mindfulness is supported also through a meditation practice. All these elements we can discuss and practice within a coaching session or during workshops.