Ful Mindfulness is the word of the year in thousands of companies

  • 2015

Pay full attention to what we are doing at all times. It seems simple right? And yet in a world where distractions are the norm, it is not. In our workplace, the emails that are piled up, the whatsapps that land on our smartphone, the updates on social networks that call for our attention, etc. They become major sources of distraction responsible for not paying adequate attention to what we are doing at all times. The consequence? More errors in our work and low productivity.

It is not surprising that more and more, there are many workshops and workshops that teach workers and managers to concentrate better, to pay full attention to what they do at all times. It is what the Anglo-Saxons call Mindfulness and that due to its importance in the world of organizations, it has become one of the words of the year for Time magazine, which last February, he dedicated his cover to what he called The Mindful Revolution, a whole declaration of intentions that put his focus on escaping from an increasingly stressful world, in which among others things technology has not made us freer, but more dependent.

Time's message is not the only one. Forbes magazine published its report M Mindfulness is a useful business skill at the beginning of the same year and in fact, it is enough to introduce the term in Google News (it is still time) to discover the interest that the new term has caused in recent times.

If we enclose new it is above all because the concept behind the Anglo-Saxon term does not really have anything original. We are really talking about a term that sinks its roots in Buddhism and that is intimately related to techniques of meditation, visualization and contemplation, so that the person who practices it has a greater capacity to concentrate and pay full attention to their surroundings at the time it is needed.

In reality, a ful mindfull person is necessarily a more productive person, capable of making better decisions, less likely to get carried away by their emotions and more likely to lead a team. These characteristics have not gone unnoticed by many companies that in fact encourage their employees to join programs that aim to stimulate this capacity.

In Google for example, since 2007 the company employees are offered the possibility to participate in the Search inside yourself program, based on breathing techniques and meditation At Nike, employees have access to what they call "Relaxation Rooms" in which in addition to resting, they can choose to sign up for one of their meditation or yoga classes. And in AOL Time Warner, Yahoo !, Deutsche Bank, HBO or Procter & Gamble the situation is similar. Faced with an increasingly fast and stressed world, the solution is to press the pause button and meditate.

Add mindfulness to your job

It is true that most large companies can afford to have spaces dedicated to meditation or subsidize yoga classes to their workers, but in the case of SMEs the situation is far from the same. Unless the manager of our company is not really engaged in this area, it is normal for workers to "subsidize" their mindful training. The good news is that in reality, it is not as complicated as it seems.

The essence of yoga and meditation is to pay attention to our breathing . To be aware that we breathe and how we do it. In this sense, this discipline helps us to focus on the here and now, to pay attention to what we are doing at each moment, to concentrate on the task at hand.

Normally people who suffer from stress and in general most of us, spend their day thinking about what they have done or what they have to do in the future, but they pay little attention to what they have to do in the present, every moment. Meditation helps us in the workspace, not to lose our concentration, not to be distracted by our email, social networks, meetings and inappropriate phone calls.

It does not mean that we will never be distracted, but it will help us recognize these distractions when they occur, helping us to abandon “forever” that multi-task mode that helps us in nothing.

Source : http://www.muypymes.com/

"Mindfulness" is the word of the year in thousands of companies

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