Shared the what, the how’s and the why of mindfulness practice and debunked myths and negative conotations that have been developed over time.
Even in the first session there was a real sense of letting go just through a powerful mindfulness practice. The key questions is establishing a regular practice. Tips were shared especially amongst women who seemed more open and curious.
Mindfulness at American Express
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment. It can be done anywhere, at anytime. It may be savouring the flavour of a piece of chocolate, or feeling cool grass beneath your feet or even noticing your breath.
Mindfulness is often confused with meditation. Whilst both can be done simultaneously, they are two different things. Over time mindfulness has often been tossed aside as a ‘hippy’ practice, but as more focus is placed on mental health in the media, mindfulness has become a powerful tool to help people with anxiety, stress, clarity or connection.
Of particular interest is mindfulness in the workplace. Whilst the benefits of mindfulness on a personal level can have a spill over effect onto the workplace, it can also directly impact job performance.
Numerous studies have been conducted that show mindfulness can improve executive performance by decreasing inhibition, provide clarity for better decision making, increasing worker engagement and decreasing work related stressors.
I spoke at a recent conference at Amex and saw first hand the power of mindfulness. After a short session with the entire audience, I could instantly sense the lighter mood in the room. There was a real sense of letting go. Imagine the impact that this could bring to a workplace!
It was the women in the audience though who seemed more open and curious about practicing mindfulness. I believe that it is a key tool in facilitating women’s empowerment. By incorporating mindfulness into their lives, it empowers women to build resilience, live more fully and embrace their purpose.
Mindfulness also impacts women’s empowerment through connection. It helps you feel more connected to yourself, the world and your purpose. Using this to your advantage and by showing up as more authentic and courageous in your job allows you to lead with a sense of clarity and compassion.
If you’re looking for a way to shift the cultural mood at work and build a cohesive, centred and confident team, then look at ways that you can introduce mindfulness into your day, and that of your team’s.