Mindful Practice is the key to living a more fulfilling, happy, healthy life.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. When we are aware, we can make adjustments to our responses to any experience or interaction that we are having.
So can it help at work?
What if you were absolutely present with a patient or customer? How would that customer react (or how do they react when you are not fully present?) What if you could really listen to your patient, instead of worrying that others were waiting on you, or other distracting thoughts? Imagine enjoying the interactions with others more fully. And Stress? What if you could reduce or even eliminate it all together?
Our minds are tricky–pulling you into the past or shooting you into the future–causing us unnecessary suffering –creating anguish simply by thinking a thought that was unnecessary!
First–Let’s see where you are! The quiz below draws on a mindfulness scale developed by researchers at La Salle University and Drexel University, led by psychology professor Lee Ann Cardaciotto. Please answer as honestly as possible about how frequently you experienced each of the following 20 statements over the past week.
Source: Cardaciotto, L., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Moitra, E., & Farrow, V. (2008). “The Assessment of Present-Moment Awareness and Acceptance: The Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale.”Assessment, 15 (2), 204-223.