Mindfulness: Don’t worry, be happy, stay in the moment

The concept of mindfulness, awareness and observation of the present moment without reactivity or judgment is going mainstream.

The concept of mindfulness, awareness and observation of the present moment without reactivity or judgment is going mainstream.

A Google search of the term mindfulness yields about 46 million links. Only five years ago, this number was as low as 6 million. Searching for “mindfulness at work” yields about 38 million links.

Articles on mindfulness now appear regularly in trade publications and magazines such as Inc., Fortune and Investor’s Business Daily.

In addition to the myriad books on mindfulness for sale in the religion and spirituality sections of your local bookstore, tomes on these topics appear in the business and self-help sections, as well.

What is mindfulness and how does it apply to work?

In short, being mindful means being aware of the inner dialogue, voices and thoughts that go through our minds all the time. How often do we feel ourselves daydreaming or thinking about past or present, often pulling us away from the now?

Mindfulness helps us recognize these internal distractions and, therefore, be less reactive to them. It helps you realize that thinking about what was, or what may happen, will not always help us navigate the here and now.

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist philosophies dating back several thousand years but has reached mainstream because meditation has been studied by psychologists and scientists the past several decades. Their discoveries have shown that practicing mindfulness through meditation can increase happiness and concentration and reduce stress.

Meditation is practiced by people of all walks of life, from factory workers to pro athletes and CEOs.

Dan Harris, national correspondent for ABC News, famously discovered the practice after pushing himself so far at work that he had an on-air panic attack in front of millions of people.

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