Mindful meditation is an excellent way to start your day. It lowers stress and prepares you for all the tensions that you encounter during your workday. If practiced over long periods of time, you are likely to find yourself becoming happier, calmer, and more content with your life.
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware in the present moment, and paying attention to your thoughts and emotions. There are many well established health benefits of mindfulness. According to an article in The Huffington Post: “…mindfulness meditation and exercise could lessen the nasty effects of colds. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health found that people who engage in the practices miss fewer days of work from acute respiratory infections, and also experience a shortened duration and
First is a technique called mindful eating. Instead of wolfing down your breakfast, pay close attention to the sensations that it produces. Eat slowly, noticing the flavor and texture of the food. This will help you to appreciate such simple pleasures as eating.
Another technique called walking meditation involves walking with mindfulness. With this technique, you simply become mindful of your walking. Take notice of your pace, pay attention to the sensation of your feet against the ground, and try to match your breathing with your pace. This is especially useful if you walk to work in the morning.
Lastly, you can also practice mindfulness when you start your work in the morning. Before starting work, you can do a short mindfulness exercise in which you pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, and how they affect your ability to do your work. There are many ways to be mindful at work, and as an article in Forbes notes, companies such as Google and Apple have mindfulness programs in place for their workers. Why? Because it has been shown to lead to increased productivity in the workplace.
Mindfulness offers countless benefits for your physical and mental well-being. Go ahead and try it out in your own life! You may be surprised by the effects. If you would like to learn more about this topic, feel free to contact us!
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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