To Simply Live With Intent
1. The state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.
a. A technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them: The practice of mindfulness can reduce stress and physical pain.
b. The mental state maintained by the use of this technique.
Perhaps as the proliferation of electronics and social media has us uber distracted, we are suddenly hearing more and more about mindfulness. Well what is it? Who has it? And should we all be working toward getting more of it?! Generally speaking, mindfulness is a moment to moment awareness of one’s experience without judgement. Mindfulness helps to develop capacities such as calmness, clarity and concentration. To find out more we checked in with two top sources – Google and the Dalia Lama! His Holiness said, “In order to have a realistic goal, one needs to understand reality for which the mind must be calm.” He added that to have a calm mind, compassion was important. “Compassion opens your heart…. fear, anger, hatred, etc. narrows the mind.” – The 14th Dalia Lama of Tibet. Interestingly, in an effort to promote productivity and reduce anxiety and stress among their work force, Google offers a mindfulness program available worldwide designed by the top experts in this field.
Some practices to help cultivate mindfulness include: yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation. To simply live with intent… these small changes have the ability to make you feel more rested, more connected, happier and inspired. It’s the simple first step toward creating greater change in the world.
Some recommended readings to help you in your journey:
The Power of Now
Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity
How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout the Workday