4 Point Friday: Mindfulness
Mindfulness is all about being present in your current surroundings, fully aware of what is happening around you. It is also the ability to stay calm in the moment and not react or get stressed by what is happening around you. It is an innate human ability yet fleeting in many ways. We all get caught up in losing track of our current thoughts, day dreaming, or being distracted. We get caught up in our thoughts due to this and this can lead to negative thinking.
Sound a little fluffy? Maybe but consider that today mindfulness is being linked to emotional intelligence with a direct correlation with self-awareness. We further know that emotional intelligence is a core “soft skill set” that is essential in many careers to perform as well as move upward.
1. Interesting article to read…
There are many benefits to mindfulness, among them reducing anxiety and stress. Your ability to be more mindful correlated with relaxation. The first article, from Jena Cho, highlights 6 important benefits on being more mindful. The second post, from Katie Holmes, highlights 42 peoples comments and views on mindfulness.
2. Interesting quote to ponder…
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
3. Tools to Help…
Meditation is a great way to practice and build mindfulness into your life as a habit. This article, from verywellmind, describes how to perform mindfulness meditation, which can be a great stress reliever. Don’t let stress control you. Fight back.
4. The Other… Leadership Reflection.
How mindful are you? Take this mindfulness quiz offered by Cal Berkeley University to get a gauge on where you are in terms of mindfulness and some areas to improve.