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What is mindfulness?

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Mindfulness is the ability to be here, now.

The opposite is to be mindless, distracted, preoccupied. Mindlessness causes us to react in a habitual way. Mindfulness gives us a choice to respond in a different, wiser way.

Through mindfulness, you will see reality with greater clarity, which will enable you to make better decisions with integrity. It is the proverbial ability to see the wood for the trees. We can teach this skill.

Here you will find more reading and other material on mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the process of paying attention to one’s immediate experience in such a way that concentration, perception and self-awareness dramatically improve.

Our thoughts are our source and engine of production.

Our performance depends on what and how we think. Performance happens in the present (the now).

Physical exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep help us perform better. However, our minds also need to be resilient: a key factor to engaging with our complex world. Mindfulness enables us to deal with the stress of ever increasing complexities. While we cannot “solve” or “fix” complexity and stress, we can change the way we relate or engage with them.

Traditional training methods help to increase our knowledge about stress and performance, but seldom teach us how to implement what we have learnt. We get to know the “what”, but not the “how”. Mindfulness enables the development of the “how”.

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For it is not enough to have a good mind; the main aim is to apply it well.– René Descartes