Mindfulness is a hot topic and I’ve been reading a number of articles on the theory and how it has a positive eﬀect on daily life. By deﬁnition, it may be considered the key to “happiness.”
There are a number of articles and books written that suggest various techniques and tools we may consider when looking to achieve a state of mindfulness. Yoga, Tai Chi, deep breathing and meditation to name a few. The beneﬁts include better sleep, improve focus and memory, healthier relationships, handling stress and ﬁnding inner peace. There is even scientiﬁc research to encourage and support the movement which states that if we practise mindfulness we may positively change and contribute to a healthier society.
I was at the airport recently and found “Mindfulness An Everyday Guide The Science of Happiness in a Hectic World “ published by Science Classics. It is an easy read packed with useful information that covers everything from a concise deﬁnition to practical tools we may consider for our own personal journey.
In short, the foundation is built on sound principles and if we practise the theory it is a way to be non-judgemental in our personal pursuit of happiness. Giving us permission, if you will, to create our own deﬁnition as long as we live in congruence with our goals and objectives while being kind and mindful of others.
What I like about the theory is that it is practical and easy to adapt given that we live in a world that at times seems frantic and chaotic.
Mindfulness, is even moving into the boardroom with companies that support and encourage the practice as part of their corporate culture. Encouraging individuals to participate in activities and programs oﬀered by employers to facilitate personal and professional change. Successful programs suggest that it will increase our ability to be compassionate and empathetic towards others which will result in happier, productive individuals. Qualities which we know contribute to our ability to me positive role models and mentors.
I see this movement gaining traction as we all look for practical ways to improve our quality of life with positive results. We all seem interested in “powering down” at the end of the day or workweek wouldn’t it be nice to “power up” using a theory that simply makes us feel good, living a life that is not only healthier but makes us happy.
Perhaps there is a trend towards “Mindful Living?”