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Are you going through the day from task to task until you hit your bed to sleep?
Or are you connected with yourself and aware of your breath, body sensations and observing what’s happening within yourself and the framework of your body?

With the evolution, a big proportion of human beings became human doers focused on reacting on what is happening on a specific moment or worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow, with a lack of self-connection.

Transitioning from human doer to a human being is a real shift. A big proportion of our population spends most of the day trapped in their thoughts, social media, and information consumption. This makes it very difficult to reconnect with who they are, what they love and focus on the most important things in life, based on their values and purpose.

Ask yourself, what is the altitude you are flying at?

It is very helpful to be aware of the altitude you are flying to so you can gravitate from being on the task on hand to a higher dimension where you can see the bigger picture, where you can be aware of yourself, the important things, where you can take control of situations rather than situations controlling you.

Altitude and your breath are important, especially in challenging scenarios. How many times has your heart has raced and as consequence your breath? Did you know you can control that by becoming aware of your breath and getting out of your body and observing yourself like you are a 3rd person looking at you from a higher altitude? Boom! In that moment you have taken full control of the situation, as you are able to observe and participate.

Be the one who determines your life agenda. Focus on what is important and be connected to the breath.

How playful can you be with your breath awareness?

We are prisoners of our belief systems.  I was astonished when I discovered you can achieve what you desire, by changing your beliefs.

The beliefs are like filters very ingrained at a subconscious level which dictate how we perceive the world. Our beliefs are determined by where we are born, the culture where we grow up, what our parents told us to believe and not believe, the media that we are getting exposed to, what they told us we could or not could not do and all this set up our standards.

We only see what we believe. These prejudices influence us by not allowing us to see the invisible. It’s invisible until you make it visible by changing the lenses through how we see life and what we focus on.

What we believe determines what we are paying attention to. Aligned to this if we change our beliefs, we will start raising our consciousness and start seeing and paying attention to things that seem impossible.

What experiences are constantly denied to you because your consciousness operates at too low a level? What experiences and goals are denied because of limiting beliefs and fear?Conquering fear by facing it is the essence of raising your consciousness.

Here are few tips on how to raise your consciousness:

  • Make the intention to pay attention to those limiting beliefs, understanding when fear comes to play and pay attention to the inner voices. Note the limiting thoughts when they are arising, along with the emotions that they trigger and look retrospectively to understand what is the cause of those limiting beliefs so you are honest with yourself.
  • Have the courage to face the fears. The more fears you face, the more conscious you become. Worry next to fear is a self-perpetuating cycle that creates enormous stress
  • Practicing compassion is key. Ask yourself which advice you would give to your best friend if he/she was in the same situation?
  • Surround yourself with high conscious people which will help to raise your horizons and standards.
  • Energy will raise consciousness. Take care of your body, have restorative sleep, be mindful of the food you eat and practice mindfulness.

Your level of consciousness will determine the big questions and answers in your life.

Make this week a conscious intention to understand the worry wars happening in your mind. You can stop when you are aware of it.

This is the path to LEARN TO REFRAME YOUR THINKING.

At the core of the human being is the life force of breathing. If we stop breathing, we die.

How in touch are you with your breath? Have you ever thought about the relationship with breathing and leadership? Boom! Here I will explain the close relationship of these two synergies.

Being connected with your breath is at the core of being mindful and Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”:  a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. It can be integrated into one’s religious or spiritual life, or practised as a form of secular mental training.   (mindfulness can change your brain) – Harvard Business Review. 

Regardless of the daily introspective practice you choose, mindful leadership will enhance your clarity about what is important to you and a deeper understanding of the world around you. Therefore, you will be at a higher level of awareness

Here below are some leadership capacities developed by mindfulness Practice

  • Metacognition. This is the ability to choose at crucial times to simply observe what you are thinking, feeling, and sensing. It is like stepping out of that festival of 2000 thought flux so you can actually see what’s going on. When you have the skill to do this, you can better see your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses for what they are. Without metacognition, we are in reacting mode and autopilot.
  • Allowing and flowing.This refers to the ability to let what is the case, be the case. It’s about meeting your experience with a spirit of openness and kindness to yourself and others. It’s not about being passive or weak, but just facing up to what is actually going on in each passing moment. Without allowing, our criticism of ourselves and others crushes our ability to observe what is really happening.
  • Curiosity.This means taking an active interest in what has arisen in our inner and outer worlds. Without curiosity, we have no impetus for bringing our awareness into the present moment and staying with it.
  • Listening. Being in the moment allows people to be better listeners instead focused on what they going to say next.
  • Better decision making. Since you have more control over your mind and is it the byproduct of having enhanced clarity.
  • Awareness of the impact on others. That means actively paying attention to how we respond or approach the beings around us and have a positive impact or constructive interaction on everyone. This is especially important in stressful situations to keep everything under control.

All these leadership skills are not solely for those who are in executive roles or the ones aspiring to one. At the end, we are all leaders and the above is crucial to living life at the highest level of happiness.

Pick one skill a week and start focusing your awareness on each area and by practising meditation, you will enhance the awareness on each of them.

In a fast paced world, mindfulness enables you to clear your mind of clutter, focus on what is important, and be creative.When people perform under stress there is very little room for creativity, for flow and connection with others and connection with oneself. This key mind state is crucial to be able to collaborate and generate ideas.

When people perform under stress there is very little room for creativity, for flow and connection with others and connection with oneself. This key mind state is crucial to be able to collaborate and generate ideas.

MRI scans after an 8 week course of mindfulness practice shows shrinking of the amygdala  – This is the region of the brain associated with fear and emotion, involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress. (Ireland, T. (2014). What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/what-does-mindfulness-meditation-do-to-your-brain/ )

The state of flow that allows problem solving, clarity and creativity is enhanced with people that practice mindfulness.

Creativity requires to be in the moment, to be present and aware of the thoughts and emotions that are arising in your body. Have you ever found yourself being really focused in one task that you enjoy and ideas were just flowing? This is the creative process and it cannot coexist in a stressed mind.

Mindfulness helps you increase the metal focus by not getting distracted during creative tasks, since you are more aware when you get distracted and you can bring your mind back.

Idea generation is enhanced by mindfulness practice and even some times when you meditate, you will find your best ideas come through as a byproduct, although this is not the objective of the mediation.

Tech and innovative companies like Apple, Google, FB  and P&G Mckinsey have already implemented programs on creative mindfulness as it is increasing the importance of teams collaboration.

The same can be applied to agile companies where mindfulness agile can be applied by collaborating with stakeholders based on mutual respect, dignity, and appreciation of healthy relationships. We all have a personal power to impact others and when we are aware of our power, it is important to be aware and take responsibility for that POWER.

How is your company supporting mindfulness and the importance of having healthy minds in today’s fast paced environments, which require so much focus in the middle of so much noise and distractions?

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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From a very early age I was a very shy girl, my mum would give me money to buy sweets but it was too scary to go by myself.
I would sit in my room and just observe my toys, I didn’t play to not make a mess.
I started drawing on the walls of the house, so my parents allocated me a playing room where I could draw and create ’beauty’ as much as I wanted…
Before I knew, I became a teenager, I wanted to go out to explore and to understand who I was.  This is what I call the first beautiful transformation of my life. From shy to brave, from tidy to organised chaos, from home based to street, but within I was always looking for inspiration, curiosity and exploration.

At 18 I started an engineering degree, full of maths, chemistry and physics and number connections. After, I did food science and technology – that filled my curiosity at the atom and molecular level of food and nutrition. I was also doing private lessons to students so I could be more  ‘financially independent’ towards feeding what, in that time, beautiful meant to me; dresses, parties, having fun, jewelry, art, beautifully created food and much more. Also, I was helping students to shine by teaching math’s and physic’s private lessons but I didn’t share with them all the inspiration that I can share with you today…

At 25 I decided to explore the globe, to live elsewhere outside Spain, where I  grew up and learned to be passionate and full of FIRE.
I moved to London.  I didn’t speak English, didn’t understand British people and of course neither their sarcasm!!
I didn’t have friends or family but there was something inside that drove me to do it. Every day was a beautiful adventure, full of inspiration, a sense of freedom, lightness and full of excitement…. Here comes my second transformation. Inspiration, curiosity, cultural diversion, exploration, beautiful experiences, fun and the most important one: I got to know myself. The start of my evolution.

Since then, it has been a magnificent inspiring journey, full of highs and lows (both as pampering), learnings, experiences and achievements.  I connected with towering personalities and with a huge bunch of amazing and diverse people. I traveled around the world, which opened my mind to huge possibilities and diversion of opinions.

After the first year in London working in retail, I started my 1st professional job in engineering, then I took the risk and moved to marketing.
I have been in the corporate world for 10 years. I learned to connect brands with customers and to connect myself with individuals.  I have worked for start-ups and for big global corporations. From 0 to delivering public speeches to whole company’s audience in a foreign language. 11 years ago, it would have been a scary thought but this is possible by stepping up, setting a new standard and removing limiting beliefs.

A huge connecting adventure, that I call, LIFE.  Because everything is impermanent, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE when you FOCUS.

I recently realised how important it is to understand the concept of impermanence.  I feel I am at the pinnacle what I call my 3rd eye-opening transformation which has mindfulness at its core and that started 6 years ago. I want to keep it alive as an infinite journey.
I would like to maintain this growth, this inspiration, this electricity, keep transforming, keep reinventing, being present and finding beauty and gratefulness every day in my life, channeling the fire with focus and spread this energy to the world as the only constant is change and every change leads you to new opportunities.

This is the goal for this blog and hence its name: Unmasking Fire; to create magic moments by being the catalyst and an eye opener to unmask peoples fire and to enhance the ones that already discovered theirs, to elevate peoples vibration by creating a shift. To give, share, to connect and ultimately to help others to transform.

What is your story? How do you see beauty? How connected are you to the world? And with yourself? Everyone has a story; please share yours with the world….