Mindfulness is a word that we hear so often these days, that it can easily be dismissed as cliche. What is mindfulness, and why is it necessary?
In a world where we are over stimulated with technology and bombarded with emails to answer, as well as being inundated with information on platforms such as instagram, facebook, and LinkedIn, our minds are always working.
We are always reading, learning and thinking. When we’re driving, we’re listening to podcasts or squeezing in scheduled calls on bluetooth. When we’re in waiting rooms, we’re either reading blogs or answering text messages. It’s no wonder we’re always on autopilot, which also means we are not being “mindful” about a lot of things.
Mindfulness is simply the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose, while completely accepting the unfolding moment to moment experience.
In the past, when we were waiting in line ups or waiting rooms, we would look around, people-watch, notice things around us, and take in the environment.
That was our opportunity to unintentionally strengthen our mindfulness muscles, which is important because it reduces the chances of acting on autopilot. It also allows us to think critically, resulting in less stress and an increased ability to effectively resolve conflict, leading to better relationships. Mindfulness also leads to an increased ability to regulate our emotions and helps sustain our mental, physical and emotional health.
As they say, when our phones were tied to a wire, humans were more free. We now have to intentionally adopt a mindfulness program in order to sustain success, health and joy.
The Mindfulness Ambassador Program runs for 12 consecutive weeks. Each week explores key concepts related to social emotional learning, resulting in increased self and social awareness, leading to improved professional and personal lives.