Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention in the present moment, non-judgementally. And what that practice does is activate the region in the brain known as the Pre-Frontal Cortex. And that, is responsible for critical thinking, logic and reason, empathy, top-down executive functioning and these are all things required not only in a workplace, but in life.
What we also know about this region of the brain is that it requires a lot more energy, oxygen, focus and discipline – and the neuroscience is telling us that we don’t spend a lot of time operating from that region.
We’re distracted, we’re overloaded and we’re just not operating at our optimum.
So once we realise that Mindfulness is less about relaxation, and more about becoming more self-aware and self-regulated, then we can see why it’s such an important skill at work, and in life.