Mind full or Mindfulness?

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Working alongside recruitment consultants I often hear about the “candidate journey”, it’s all about the experience we give them as a recruitment agency that makes them want to work with us. In turn they share these experiences with friends and family. This really made me think about our own personal work journey or indeed life journeys, which leads me into a subject that keeps reoccurring in the media and that could be germane to every aspect of our lives if we considered thinking in an alternative way, that subject is mindfulness.

Before I delve further into the matter, let me start by saying that when I first heard about mindfulness I was particularly sceptical, however after much persuasion to ‘just take a look’ I thought I would give it a try. After all mindfulness is overall another perspective on how to look at things and it has worked for other people so why not me?

So what exactly is mindfulness?

Simply as I have mentioned it is an alternative way of looking at things, it is teaching yourself to block out everything else apart from what is happening in the present moment, this is done through an adaptation of Buddhist meditation.

We spend much of our time in our everyday lives using our past experiences as explanations or even mental plans on how certain situations will pan out. We use them as a knowledge base, if we have a positive experience we hold on to this and it spurs us to do these things again in the future. However, we also have a back log in our heads of everything that perhaps didn’t go so well, equally we grasp on to this and it’s not always for the better. By clinging onto our negative past experiences, believing whole-heartedly that if we try again it will go badly, perhaps we fear that we will say the wrong thing and think the worst as to what the ramifications could be. The idea of mindfulness is that you learn not to fixate on your past, but to live in the present; realistically you don’t know what is going to happen or what someone else may do or think.

There are many other benefits to mindfulness, studies have been made in regards to this, that show that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but helps to positively affect brain patterns that lead to anxiety, stress, depression and irritability. So that when these emotions or reactions occur, they dissolve away again more easily.

With this in mind it’s quite easy to see why more employers and schools are looking at mindfulness as it better equips you to deal with situations. There is such a vast amount of literature on the subject that it can be overwhelming, so if you fancy finding out more here are some links for some interesting reads:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/wellbeing/10694775/Why-does-the-Government-want-to-teach-mindfulness-in-schools.html

https://www.vngacademie.nl/media/253156/1.-mindfulnessatwork_glombduffyetal2012.pdf