Workplace Mindfulness Training in Sydney
Unless you have been living with your head under a rock the past few years, you would have been inundated with references to mindfulness and its benefits ranging from lowering our stress levels to helping us feel more focussed and more zen. Walk into any book store or go onto Amazon and you will find books written on mindfulness, turn on the TV and you will hear it being suggested, whilst at work your colleagues and friends might also be espousing its benefits to their productivity, health and careers.
Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, anytime
Before you panic, before you stress and wonder where you are going to find the time in your busy overscheduled, time poor day to add another task, not all mindfulness needs to take time and be a formal meditative practice. Not all mindful activities need to be formally practiced, taking long periods of time out of your day and pressuring you to find a suitable location to do the practice either. Nor do you need to purchase any specific clothes or apparatus for this workout! While our workplace mindfulness training sessions provide a great foundation, there are many everyday activities of life that can support the cultivation of mindfulness – all you need is intention and attention. These activities can range from brushing your teeth, to washing the dishes or participating in your favourite sporting activity.
The essence in each of these activities is the moment-to-moment paying of attention to the experience, to the paying particular attention to the body, and your experience of it. With practice, you will be able to stay in the present moment and not get caught up in memories of the past or plans of the future, letting go of distractions as John Kabat – Zinn suggests, without any judgement.
Mindfulness workshops can help with every aspect of life
So the next time you are out taking your dog for a walk, or collecting the post pay attention. Be present. Just notice without judgement or distraction. Gently pay attention to sensations in your body, note your thoughts and your emotions as they come and go. Try to be aware if you hang onto a particular thought or feeling, and if you do, practice letting it go. Start small, just a few moments at a time, don’t be too ambitious.
Remember, every activity is an opportunity to practice and cultivate mindfulness