At a conference I spoke at over the weekend, one of the presented topics was about practicing mindfulness. Far too often we become reactive instead of active when it comes to situations in our lives and the results tend to be more harmful than positive.
One definition of Mindfulness is: “A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
The bolded words are ones that spoke to me personally. There are many times throughout the day that I am on autopilot and not aware of the present moment, and this can tend to serve me poorly.
Mindfulness is not only to be used for the present moment. We talked about how important is it to be mindful of the environment that we work in each day and the effect it has on us. One attendee admitted that by the end of the day when she leaves the office, she is totally drained. She attributes this to a coworker that has a negative
This situation was affecting this woman’s home life because when she went home she would complain to her husband about how bad her coworker was all day. She really was in a quandary because she liked her job and her employer and really needed to work.
After listening to the different speakers she realized that she needed to do something about this before it did more mental harm to her and to her relationship with her husband.
Becoming a more mindful person takes time, thought and action. There are so many areas of our life that if we can achieve “a focused awareness of” and work on them in a calm and positive way that we will become happier and healthier.