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?