Mindfulness in the work place

Summary of mindfulness to improve training, optimise work and improve the quality of life

By Ian Currie,

The three main components of Mindfulness

Intentionality

With mindfulness there is always a clear sense of intentionality and purpose. This can be choosing a particular work topic, staying with it and noticing when it has been randomly jumped away from, then coming back to the topic quickly and staying with it till it is completed. Having a clear continuity of purpose to stay with a topic or subject is primary in mindfulness. It is having a clear sense of direction and continuity of that direction which makes mindfulness different from just being aware.

Awareness

In mindfulness the component of awareness includes a whole rich sense of yourself and the world around you. In terms of oneself this includes a clear sense of your body and how it feels at any given moment. There is also an awareness of the activities of your mind in the form of mood, thinking and imagination. The main question which expands a sense of awareness of oneself and ones environment is apart from the immediately obvious what else is here? A sense of openness, having a direct sense of what is happening and a sense of connectedness are characteristic of the awareness component of mindfulness. Being aware in this sense is a primary intentions in mindfulness.

Effectiveness

This particularly relates to the intentionality. There is an assessment of whether your intentions are being kept to and what would help improve intentionality and awareness. It is an active involvement in the process of improving intentionality and awareness

Although they are stated as separate these three main components of mindfulness merge together and become one continuous state of fluid adjustment, always effecting each other.

Mindfulness is a good foundation for training

The primary principles of Mindfulness are perfectly suited to optimizing work-based training. Mindfulness which is incorporated into training can help people be more alert, attentive and help individuals have a more ‘multi-dimensional experience of learning.

Mindfulness in the work-place

Mindfulness directly and tangibly contributes to a harmonious and creative work atmosphere, especially when people consciously intend to treat each other with respect and be considerate. A direct result is that it is a pleasure to work together in the company. Mindfulness by it’s very nature brings cohesion and integration to peoples diverse skills and abilities. It helps staff spot and deal with antagonising situations quickly so good behaviour becomes the norm. By increasing self- awareness mindfulness directly improves individuals communication skills and ability to connect effectively with others. The element of clear intentionality can be applied directly to all kinds of meetings optimising time and peoples abilities.

The intentional aspect of mindfulness also keeps a momentum going, so time is not wasted and there is a sense of achievement at the end. When for some reason there is stress or pressure mindfulness is particularly effective at catalysing a change and dealing with anxiety. One of the ways that it does this is help people to deal with transitions smoothly by effectively finding the best new options. A direct result of regular mindfulness practice is to cultivate decisiveness and the ability to act promptly. As a state of mind it helps to you to perceive relevant and important details in a complex and otherwise confusing general situation. The three main components of Mindfulness are a context which allows for good working practice to develop to the point of individuals being content and continuing to develop their skills.

Mindfulness as a way of improving the quality of life

The intentional aspect of mindfulness helps you to evaluate what matters to you, and clarifies your perception of the value of your health and general well-being, this can help improve your life-style and leisure activities. This clear sense of what matters to you also helps you to be effective in making changes which accord with your values and gives a sense of meaning.

Having a clear direction

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