- On March 17, 2015
What do prominent business, government, and non-profit leaders know about being more effective and enjoying life?
Mindfulness–It’s moving out of the Yoga Suite and into the C-Suite.
What can mindfulness and an increased understanding of neuroscience do for you?
- Improve mental focus and reduce mind wandering
- Extend our attention span
- Discourage black-and-white thinking
- Assist in staying organized, managing time, and setting priorities
- Lift us from a constant, low level of panic and guilt
Dr. Erika Garms, a consultant specializing in Brain-Based development, observes:
The more employees understand about regulating their own emotions and thoughts — and the more managers use brain-friendly practices– the more productive and sustainable workplaces will be.
Sounds good…How can I get some of that?
- If you are in DMV (that’s DC, MD, VA), Women in Technology is hosting a breakfast meeting on March 25, 2015 at the AT&T office in Tyson’s. Michelle Somerday, PhD. will show us how Mindfulness and Neuroscience can help us become more effective in our professional and personal life.
- There are several excellent books that introduce you to the power of Mindfulness. Two I’ve read recently: Michael Carroll’s The Mindful Leader and Dr. John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life.
- Just B-R-E-A-T-H-E.
That’s it. Nothing else on your mind except your focus on the breath. (Warning: easier said than done…that’s why they call it a ‘practice’). I find 10-15 minutes of this type of concentration in the morning dramatically improves my clarity and effectiveness. When I’m too busy, stressed, or spinning, even just a 1-minute breathing break will get me back on track towards the most important things.
Can you spare 1-minute to gain more clarity in your life?