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?


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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