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I love collages, I love the ones with a twist, the ones that mix earthy elements with animals and human body parts.

Recently in my trip to Italy in Amalfi coast I come across a very talented artist Camilla Anciloto that doest an incredible technique where 3 pieces of art congregate in one.

When you look at that piece of art all your sense are engaged, enhanced and WOWed!! YOU ARE IN THE NOW, when you look at a piece of art that you really love you have to be in the now and this is why art creates magic moments.

 

To start let’s define self-compassion by alleviating suffering for you and others.

A component of compassion is mindfulness, you need to be mindfully aware of the suffering being without avoiding it. Another component is kindness, treating yourself and others with kindness.

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment experience with acceptance and non-judgement. Mindfulness is used as the contemplative practice of awakening heart and minds. Relating to the present moment with acceptance and allowing to see things as they are.
Another important element is understanding the impermanence of things, understanding that we are part of the larger interdependent universe and everything arises and passes away so we became less attached to things, the positive and the negatives.

Helping people cultivate contemplative practice creates space to non-judgmental awareness and wisdom arises by understanding the nature of the universe.

In the modern society is difficult to practice self-compassion, people tend to be very critical with themselves and people think they are not good enough. In the mindfulness practice, you can practice self-compassion implicitly.

Mindfulness increase self-compassion, love and kindness meditations can help you to increase self-compassion and ultimately live a happier life. Also as a secondary effect, you can reduce stress as you are more mindful and compassionate with yourself and others.

Based on the  Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas,

 

 

 

How having a mindfulness KPI would look like in an organisation?

Stress, depression, constant information overload and continuous distractions are associated with decreased performance. Job places have become a demanding fast paced environments and the technology advances have created a need for information consumption and distractions leading to an ever busy mind causing compulsive involuntary thinking.

How having no thoughts looks like? How being present looks and feels like? 80/ 90% of the people’s thinking is repetitive and useless causing serious leakage of energy. This kind of compulsive thinking as Eckhart Tolle mentions in the Power of now is an addition. When practising mindfulness by being present, your attention is in the now. You find the inner stillness which is inseparable from your being and frees you from this unconscious thinking.
The advantage of practising mindfulness in the workspace is resulting in higher performing teams with improved relationships, wellbeing and resilience

Most organisations are aware of the importance of their people wellbeing and development of their employees and not all of them are actively equipping its employees with the necessary tools.

Dot-com companies like Google and Yahoo were amongst the first to embrace mindfulness training and other organisations like Capital One, Nuffield Health, British Telecom and the UK Parliament are following suit. (oxford mindfulness centre)

In essence, mindfulness is more than a mere productivity tool, it is a different quality of relating to the world. While it may well enhance performance and improve resilience, it is equally likely to heighten employees’ awareness of mismanagement and bad working conditions. While it may increase an organisation’s human capital, mindfulness may also address “the most pressing problems of society at their very root – at the level of the human mind and heart.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn quoted in MAPPG, p. 10)

In this age of information abundance and overload, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s really important to them. Therefore what that means for organisations is having employees that focus on the now and the things that can control and have the biggest impact.

This approach can clearly be linked to employees KPI.
How is your organisation dealing with mindfulness?

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In a world of increasing demand, we are working longer hours,  constantly tied to our phones, emails and information overload and the shift in technology has created an online world where everything is available at the millisecond. That can create a narrow picture, addiction to instant reward and overall impatience and….  but humans are not meant to be working like computers at high speed for long period of time.

Great performers are at their best when managing energy at four dimensions:

  • Physical composed by sleep, fitness and nutrition and intermittent rest through the day to recharge.
  • Emotional via learning to cultivate emotional intelligence. Be mindful of your negative emotions and believes because how you feel influences how you perform.
  • Mental energy via learning to focus and being in the state of flow and being able to gravitate from strategic big picture to tactical thinking
  • Spiritual which is belonging something bigger than yourself which can be higher connection to the universe.

Following this tips, you will be more engaged on whatever you do and with more  positive energy which will allow you to focus on what really makes and impact in your personal and professional life.

If you are a leader encourage your team to focus on this 4 dimensions to cultivate a culture of high performers and achievers.

How are you managing this dimensions in the work space?