The Beauty of Mindfulness

The beginning of the new year might be the right time to think a little bit about The Neuroscience of Mindfulness (simply put, with no religious overtones).

(Mindfulness: "Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis, or involves paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, or involves a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is".)

 

"One of the reasons mindfulness can be difficult to talk about, in particular when discussing mindfulness with the busy people who run our companies and institutions, is that these people tend to spend little time thinking about themselves and other people, but a lot of time thinking about strategy, data, and systems. As a result, the circuits involved in thinking about oneself and other people, the medial prefrontal cortex, tend to be not too well developed. …

Speaking to an executive about mindfulness therefore can be a bit like speaking to a classical musician about jazz. It might look like they could play a little Coltrane, because they deal in sounds, but they don't really have the circuits for it."

You should read that article and think about the implications for yourself, your business, and your success!
Carpe diem and the more relaxed times this week still offers.

Because:

"Creating beauty is difficult, whether it’s the tangible beauty of a brilliant innovation or the intangible essence of exceptional leadership. Beauty exists in an elegant and novel approach to a problem. Maybe it’s captured in a simple device that works intuitively, reliably, and efficiently or in an effective solution – a 'beautiful' solution – to an organizational dysfunction. And it exists in the act of connecting with and leading people.”

From “To Win, Create What’s Scarce" by Seth Godin – via iPlot.