The Missing Key to Reaching Your Highest Potential

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By Victoria Frosini, M.S.

 

Have you ever found yourself in awe of extremely successful people? How can they run flourishing businesses, exercise daily, and raise happy, healthy families?

The answer is simpler than you may imagine; it’s mindfulness.

 

Mindfulness or meditation is a popular buzzword that sometimes carries a loose and/or subjective meaning. We often envision ancient Buddhist rituals, hour-long yoga sessions, specific spiritual practice, and chanting. Moreover, modern mindfulness is straightforward and can be integrated into one’s life through  “controlled attentiveness, or deliberate awareness of what is happening in the present moment.”

 

Research from the Harvard Business Review found that meditation hones skills such as attention, memory, and emotional intelligence. Fortune 25 companies have integrated meditation into incentive-goal programs with emphasis on building flexible leaders and critical thinkers. In addition, mindfulness provides physical benefits such as reducing stress and anxiety, and improving energy and moral.  Lastly, mindfulness and exercise satisfaction go hand in hand! Studies from Behavioral Research Theory suggest that exercise success is linked to increased mindfulness.

 

If you still aren’t convinced, here are five strategies to implement mindfulness into your hectic schedule. We promise the results will have you hooked!

 

1. Schedule time during the day to meditate.

Begin by planning just 10 minutes a day to clear your mind. At first, you may feel overwhelmed by having something new on your ‘to-do’ list. Eventually this routine will become rewarding.

 

2. Implement deep breathing.

Connecting to your breath allows the body to slow down. When you breathe, scan the body for tension. Concentrate on deep inhalation during stressful moments.

 

3. Take a work break.

Take a walk, digitally detox, close your door and hit refresh. Experience life by paying attention to your body and the world around you.

 

4. Practice mindful eating and exercise.

Slow down; notice the smell, taste, and texture of your meals. Chew slowly and avoid “distractions” at mealtime. Harvard Health reports that thoughtful eating can help with weight control and aid in making better food choices. Mindfulness mirrors exercise; it is a form of mental exercise.

 

5. Find calm in chaos.

Pay attention to the present moment and form non- judgmental thoughts towards your surroundings.  Being mindful can be implemented into one’s spiritual life, or practiced as a form of secular thought. 



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