Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention, on purpose, in a non-judgmental and open way, as Kabat-Zinn (2005) states, “as if your life really mattered.” Mindfulness is about making contact with yourself and the world around you, including the people in it. Mindfulness is not just about going inside to notice what is there, but also about connecting with where you are and who you are with-right now in the present moment. Mckee, Boyatzis and Johnston have described in their book, “Becoming a Resonant Leader,” how mindfulness can be an antidote to stress-mindfulness, along with hope and compassion are sources of renewal which can shift you from stress to relaxation-from dissonance to resonance.
You don’t need a formal meditation practice to practice mindfulness. In fact, research by Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at UMASS Medical Center found that “moments of mindfulness” were highly effective at creating the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation and relaxation. Across your work day you can invoke moments of mindfulness by trying these seemingly simple practices: take a moment and take an easy breath in, and an easy breath out-just noticing without judgment your sensations, feelings and thoughts.
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