…through my work I was hoping they became more conscious, more awake, more responsible and wiser leaders. And some of them did. Some of them went back to their teams and did things differently. Yet all of my efforts still felt like drops in an ocean and the impact of a few days’ course seemed always too quick to fade, as soon as people got back to their normal routine, to their (often not so conscious) bosses, to their teams…
Twenty years ago, the concept of mindfulness and practices like meditation or yoga were in the realm of hippies, eccentrics, of the quirkiest of us. As the effects of this very special state of mind have been more and more thoroughly documented, word has spread, countless applications have been developed and we've now come to a point, which seemed almost inconceivable two decades ago, where Mindfulness has become a hot topic, it's benefits discussed and its practice applied from boardrooms to hospitals and from the army to elementary schools.
So, what is Mindfulness and why all the sudden hype about it?
What we believe about ourselves directly affects whether we are resilient in the face of adversity, how much self-esteem or perseverance we have and how willing we are to keep on working towards building a more fulfilling life, versus being resigned to our unhappiness and dwelling in it incessantly.