Mindfulness at Work
The concept of mindfulness - the practice of building awareness of the present moment non-judgmentally - is everywhere. A quick search on Amazon results in a staggering 90,000 hits, the bookshops are full of mindfulness books and even the most no nonsense publications have given over a few column inches to the topic by now.
Mindfulness is wonderfully simple in its basic approach yet difficult to do. But if you stick with it, it can have surprisingly far reaching and profound effects.
In the professional context, it’s refreshing to see that some organisations are exploring how mindfulness can play a role in corporate culture and leadership development. And with our work environment becoming ever more frantic and demanding, the ability to find our feet is more important than ever.
Last year, the Mindfulness Initiative published a report on mindfulness in the workplace that found potentially significant positive impacts on peoples’ wellbeing and resilience, relationships and performance. Unsurprisingly, it seems that the most hardnosed organisations, who would probably most benefit from introducing their employees to mindfulness, are the least likely to embrace what to them still sounds a bit hippie.
I can relate to this. I first dipped my toe into the water of
mindfulness and meditation during my coaching qualification. A sceptic by nature, I initially wasn’t convinced that sitting still and focusing on my breath would impact my ability to engage with myself, others – and clients. But training to be a coach is all about learning new skills, trying new things and being curious. And while I am still far from being an expert, mindfulness has certainly found its way into my everyday life and into my work with clients.
If you are interested in exploring the concept of mindfulness, here are a few resources to help you get started.