I keep hearing about mindfulness. It seems to be all over the place, most especially in regard to the workplace. According to the definitions I’ve found, mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment by moment basis. As far as employers are concerned, mindfulness is focusing all your thoughts on the task at hand. Sounds good, but how easy is it to simply focus on what’s in front of you? My mind jumps around flitting from one thing to the next like a jackrabbit.
The reason I practice Yoga is that for that half-hour to an hour during my day, I turn my focus to my breath. If I force myself to think only “breathe in breathe out”, I can empty my mind of all other thoughts and relax my body. The only other time I can do that is when I say my affirmations to myself while lying in bed waiting for the sleep fairy to knock me out.
I understand the concept of mindfulness, and when I try it while working, the longest I can manage it is in half-hour increments. Although, I must admit, those are the most productive half-hours I have during the day. But the effort to reel in my busy little mind that is usually running off in a hundred different directions can be exhausting.
Does anyone else try this? And, if you do, how is it going? Please let me know in the comments below.