by Simon Henry @simlington
‘Mindfulness’ is becoming mainstream, but does anyone with hair really know what it is – and can you buy it in pill form?
Let’s start with a definition.
What is the definition of agony?
A one-armed bandit hanging off a cliff with an itchy bum.
Let’s now have a definition that’s relevant to our subject.
What is mindfulness?
It’s being aware of what’s going on in the present moment.
(Sometimes painfully aware of what’s going on in the present moment – especially if you’ve got David Brent as your boss.)
So how can mindfulness help your career – like it says in the title?
The answer is that mindfulness fosters patience and a non-judging acceptance of what is actually happening in the present moment.
And these virtues can help your career – unless you present University Challenge or Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in which case you need to judge impatiently.
Chief execs and directors constantly play the Patience card game on their computers or phones. It’s ideal for looking busy and professional in board meetings, PR events and when announcing redundancies. Copy this trick and you’ll no longer be waiting patiently for a promotion.
HR email you saying: “Going forward we’re transitioning 50% of the team”.
The best way to be part of the 50% that aren’t facing the sack is not to reply “What the f*** are you talking about?”
A non-judgemental silent acceptance in this case is the best way to keep your job.
To be good at mindfulness you just need to be good at meditating.
And meditating is easy. You just watch your breath going in and out.
I’ve been doing it for two years and can now do it for 20 seconds (sometimes) before I start thinking about my tea or where I should go for my summer holiday.
If you want to learn more, Google Jon Kabat-Zin, Danny Penman or Mark Williams. I’m told they can all concentrate on their breath for longer than 20 seconds!
And they all have really successful careers – teaching mindfulness.
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