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Mindfulness at the Office

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Living in the 21st Century, we are fortunate to have a great amount of access to the rest of the world—their practices and traditions—and with that, modern society  is able to adopt certain practices and elements and truly make them our own. Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and nonjudgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment,” (Zgierska 2009) and it is something that  all employees should try to practice. Although it was originally an element of Eastern Buddhism, mindfulness isn’t anything fishy. Since it’s introduction to Western culture, mindfulness has been praised by the American Psychological Association (http://bit.ly/1hpJH8a) as one of the best manMeditationOfficeSuitways to relieve stress in 2015, as well as endorsed by other groups like The Society for Christian Psychology (http://bit.ly/1Gq2z28).

So what exactly is it? According to Psychology Today (http://bit.ly/1af9b99), Mindfulness is a state of active awareness to the present—it gives you the ability to look at everything in your life from a distance without judging it as good or bad. Mindfulness is truly about something we like to refer to as “vida”—it’s all about living in the present. So how can you actively practice mindfulness from the comfort of your office?

  1. Try to clear your desk/area so that you aren’t distracted by anything in front of you.
  2. When you’ve established a posture, begin your deep breaths—or some say “follow” it—as you breathe out and in. Your attention will leave the breath and wander to things that may seem important or trivial. When you get around to noticing this—regardless of how long it has been—immediately return your attention to breathing. Don’t consider how long you have been breathing or how much time you have before the next big event of the day. Don’t obsess over your thoughts; the point of this practice is to stop feeling anything towards them.
  3. When you truly feel clear—relaxed both physically and mentally—come back and think about all of those things that happened: being late, the lack of breakfast, that ruined shirt. They happened and that’s it. Think about all of the great things that wait ahead in life!

Mindfulness is seen by most as effective because of the fundamentals of it; it forces relaxation and clarity, which can ultimately bring peace in a hectic environment. From providing office solutions to life hacks, Gregory Grier wants the absolute best for you!

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This entry was posted on March 31, 2015 by in Helpful Tips and tagged , , .
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