In speaking with a client recently, I noticed his frustration as he commented about a situation he felt hammered by and unable to change. His vision was so clear to him and yet unattainable in the moment due to perceived roadblocks.
He is not alone in feeling this way, in fact, I think most people have high negative emotions when you want change but are unable to impact the situation to get your desired result.
I have learned to see that change is the only constant in life and situations that seem tough can quickly turn into something good or vice versa in the flip of dime. I love to play poker, so this analogy really works for me because it is all about the odds, unpredictability and trust.
Your perception about the situation is what really matters. You can see it as a challenge or as an opportunity. Since life proves over an over that it can change quickly, why not proceed as a solution seeker for a new opportunity. As Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
How do you flip out of your thinking mind?
Through MINDFULNESS and tapping into your imagination for greater creative thoughts you can change your thinking. Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgement to create a feeling of calm. Mindfulness is simply giving your thinking brain a 5 to 10 min break to shift your focus away from your problem to your breath or a sound.
This practice can help release the negative emotional pull you felt by the problem and allow ease and clarity back in, so you can play in your imagination where there are endless possibilities and creative solutions. Yes, Albert Einstein took mental breaks to allow his brilliance to shine through and so can you.
I have created a Mindfulness at Work lunch and learn program to Reduce Stress and Increase Creativity. Please share a comment on how you creatively solved a problem by stepping away from it or click on the link schedule a call to learn more about Mindfulness at Work: www.talentconscious.com/contact.html.
In this fast-paced environment, it is easy to get caught up in mindless activities that are not adding value to you or your life. While you may not even be aware or conscious to this way of living, just check in with your friends or family and get their opinion of how present you are in daily interactions. What about at work, are you engaged in creating new ideas or racing to get out the door feeling unsatisfied while your to-do list piles up every day? The scenario I am speaking of is barely surviving.
When our life becomes one giant REPEAT button, we have stopped truly engaging in life affirming activities. You may ask yourself, how did I get here…. and have no clue because you stopped paying attention a while back. Over time, a slow or maybe fast dissatisfaction will begin to pull on you, whispering in your ear that something is not quite right. Now what???
You are not alone. Stress is all around us, circling our bodies. We are in a constant fight or flight response while we try to numb our way back to calm. We have learned to live with stress and it is causing a negative impact on our body, mind and emotional response leading to chronic conditions, increased healthcare costs, lost time at work and many unproductive days.
While I do not have any easy fix, I can suggest a new perspective, called Mindfulness. The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as “The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, to create a feeling of calm." Mindfulness is about observing yourself without criticism while being compassionate with yourself.
In my one-hour program, I explore a Mindfulness Meditation technique to:
I am bringing this program to corporations with the intention of positively impacting culture, employee engagement and overall productivity through a lunch and learn setting. Leave a comment or schedule a call to learn more at 630-408-1041.
Music Moment: Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.
Categories: Mindfulness, Meditation, Managing Stress
Christine Bedalow is a resourceful Human Resource Executive with a broad range of knowledge in Talent Acquisition, Immigration, Global Mobility, Sales, Financial Analysis, HR policy, Expatriate programs and Mindfulness.