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Few thoughts on the importance of mindfulness in organizations

People are often skeptical when it comes to mindfulness, meditation and other similar techniques.

I realize now that most of this pressure was actually driven by me, rather than my peers or my bosses at that time. Consequently, this started changing myself, as a Human Being and in some cases not exactly aligned with the principles and values that my Parents taught me, namely the respect and compassion towards others.

Subsequently, this was the moment I realized the need to do some research and assess some techniques, that would allow me to be back to the required and adequate levels of being balanced, focused, sharp and goal oriented.

Among several other actions and changes I introduced to my daily routine; I spent some time in the Himalayan hilltop for a spiritual retreat. I was extremely curious, as over the past decade, mindfulness has gone from spiritual practice to an obsession. Oprah meditates. Steve Jobs did it. Paul McCartney does it, just to mention a few.

According to (https://www.mindful.org/) Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

By practicing it, I felt that the more we do it, the better. Overall, I felt more resilient, focused, improved my ability to solve complex problems in challenging environments, as well as, developed stronger and trustful relationship with others, among other benefits.

On the other hand, levels of stress, anxiety have decreased significantly, and my productivity and creativity were significantly higher than before.

These benefits led to higher levels of leadership performance and most importantly, I became much more resilient. I strongly believe that in today’s global and demanding World, resilience is one of top qualities for a Human Being to succeed in every aspect, whether personal or professional.

Tough, personally I did not realize any disadvantages related to the practice of mindfulness, I read that some studies and research point out to some down sides, related to false memory, less creativity or even avoiding difficult thinking activities.

As a result, and in my humble view, mindfulness wellness activities should be the foundation of our education, which should be initiated at home, continued at school (as part of a core academic curriculum) and potentiated at the workplace.

According to the Harvard Business Review, Mindfulness as a leadership strategy can help employees to be more effective by directing focus, managing stress and developing emotional intelligence. This is why many top companies such as Goldman Sachs, Google, Intel and many other swear by practicing mindfulness at work.

Like anything else in life, all actions should be moderate and balanced. Most importantly, we should carefully consider what our ancestors said and to the wise advices of the eldest people that surround us. After all, they have lived more than us and therefore are more experienced than us to what related to the “rollercoaster” of Life.

After all, the godfather of modern Western mindfulness meditation reminds us that it is a practice to help illuminate our life and fully experience how we live it - "The real meditation is how you live your life - Jon Kabat-Zinn".​