What is ‘Mindfulness’ and what makes it trend?
Eckhart Tolle (Mindfulness author) identifies mindfulness as an ‘Awareness – conscious connection without thought, he also identifies awareness as the greatest change agent. It is simply about we becoming more aware of our internal state and external environs.
He had laid emphasis on this new wave of mindfulness with the books – The Power of Now (1997) & A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (2005).
He says “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memories or anticipations in your mind”.
Also that we should
“Realize deeply that the present moments is all you have to make the NOW the primary focus of your life”.
Being conscious of our experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the present moments is what he calls ” The Power of Now”. Mindfulness meditation (concentrated focus to enhance awareness) has stormed the world in several fields, yielding daunting results. Schools, hospital, manufacturing industries and corporate firms have taken to the trends. There are daily increasing the availability of mindfulness-related apps on mobile stores, over a thousand new books released in just the last few months on Amazon.
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Mindfulness meditation in comparison to other trending well-being techniques among the general population booms the fastest worldwide for the past 15 years and in the past 5 years in the United States when compared to another trending complementary & integrative healthcare practices.
To highlight its uniqueness, these are some of its successful implementations below;
❖ Boosting mental health
❖ Increasing mental focus through its emphasis on the recognition of distractions and mind patterns
❖ Enhancing the release of in-built stress
❖ Addictions (creating a crave to quit the addiction)
❖ Providing cost-effective ways of treating anxiety, pain etc
❖ It is becoming a part of activities at top universities as Harvard, Oxford or Monas. It is noted as more than just happiness or well-being technique but is also used mainly for its high-level stress reduction and improvement of connectedness (communication) and work and academic performance of students and staff.
❖ Improves our emphatic behavior both virtually and in-person.
❖ Having been proposed as a part of the business world, corporations have aligned with the mindfulness trend in the form – Capitalism consciousness – producing leaders who are becoming more attentive, creative, compassionate, resilient and thanks to this providing high success growth rates. Other activities engaged in involves the imbibing of meditation activity time into work time. Mindfulness has been implemented by leaders globally to proffer solutions to recurring challenges faced by workers (increasing anxiety and unhappy work life).
❖ Top companies and their employees as Google, former CTO of automobile companies as electric car NIO & Motorola, and Padmasree Warrior, former CTO of Cisco systems have identified with the booming effectiveness meditation.
❖ The need to become more aware of our present activities as it happens has caused consumers to become more in control of their emotions to curb their consumption rates, the impact and rate of food waste worldwide, enhanced the value for ingredients list on food packages and the resulting effects of food-oriented innovations as GMO etc.
With these trends come the need to become awakened to tackle more global challenges (devaluation of nature -pollution, deforestation, conflicts etc) and become more present in identifying with our challenges to derive solutions.
As Tolle says, “Accept – then act, whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it”
Worldwide, we are becoming more mindful today in bringing to life that tomorrow we anticipate.
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