Mindfulness is Sit and Stay practice for leaders.
As a leader, mindfulness practice increases concentration and flow. It improves emotional and social intelligence. It reduces stress, and increases overall sense of well being.
In mindfulness practice, you are first taught to “sit” in full presence of the moment. This means to pay attention, on purpose, letting go of judgment (such as the story in your head). To be mindful is to have a curiosity that is intentional, nonjudgmental, and nonreactive of the moment.
Once you learn the basics of sitting in mindfulness, the next step is to practice how to “stay” in mindfulness. Essentially this means training your mind to repeatedly return to the present moment each time that you notice it to stray.
The brain doesn’t take kindly to us asking it to sit and stay in the present moment in this way. Like the dog that can get easily distracted, the brain wants to run off “chasing rabbits” too.
In mindfulness, you train yourself to notice these distractions. Your task is to bring yourself back to the present moment, again and again. The practice is to sit, stay, and observe without doing anything about the moment.
A friend of mine asked Sally Boarman, www.dogwoodagility.com, how she got her dogs to sit so still for this cover photo. She emphatically and unhesitatingly replied, “They Stay.” They have learned to let go of the urge to give in to distractions.
If Sally’s dogs can learn to sit and stay, then so can you.
Try sitting and staying fully present in mindfulness today, if only for a few curious and nonjudgmental moments.
Dr. Cindy Hardwick is a Coaching and Consulting Psychologist with nearly four decades of experience. She specializes in wellbeing for holistically informed healthcare professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs. Learn more on her website:CynthiaHardwick.com. To contact her directly, please click here.
Image provided by Sally Boarman.