I blogged earlier this week about being present. In case you missed it, click here to read my experience of being present.
Being present is slowing down and really being aware of what is happening and experiencing the moment. We have a tendency to get caught up in what we need to do and fret and worry that we won’t have time; we worry about how we will handle things or what others will do. We also live in the past, re-living something that didn’t go so good in the past. We go over it again and again in our minds.
We live in the past and future
What happens is that this past and future thinking gets in the way of what we are supposed to be doing in the here and now. We are distracted from the paperwork in front of us, emails needing responded to, the person we are having a conversation with or focusing on the meeting we are attending.
Use your senses to become present at work
It all sounds good and fine to become present when things are slow and you’ve got time to relax and be present. But what does this really mean at work and during our busy days?
The best way to become present is to use all of your senses. Imagine being in a meeting that is long, boring and maybe even painful.
Start by taking a deep breath and notice what your senses are up to.
By pulling in all of your senses, you will be brought into the present. You will have a real feeling for what is going on and your reaction to it all. From here you will be more present, focused and aware of everything.
What changes for you?
Try it and let me know how it works. What changes did you notice? What was the impact of becoming more present?
What help with this? Try reading Mindful Leadership by Maria Gonzalez. She has a fabulous way of introducing mindfulness to the workplace.
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