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Mindful vs. Mindless

The latest “buzz” word…MINDFULNESS.

As a former professional athlete, I learned the power of focus or “mindfulness” long ago.  In short, I may not have been the best athlete, but I was determined, focused and willing to do what others would not in order to achieve my dreams. 

The sport of racquetball is extremely fast paced and requires a player to develop laser like “mindfulness”.  Where else can you experience a ball flying around you at 100mph, ricocheting off multiple walls with as many as three other people in a small 20 x 20 x 40 area?  Priceless! 

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Many of these same principles are applied during my wellness and life coaching. I continually emphasis the power of focusing on one thing and utilize mindfulness and visualization in order to achieve the desired results.  Shut off the distractions and quiet the chatter.  Be aware. Be in the moment. Remember, we are human beings …”be”ings.  Recharge and know it’s good to just “be” sometimes.

Continuously overloading our mind and body creates an environment that is an incident or crisis waiting to happen. Add the fact that most people are sleep deprived and nutritionally challenged and it’s clear to see this is not a drug deficiency but a lifestyle issue.

Perhaps you read the January TIME magazine cover story: “The Mindful Revolution”.  Supported by studies and fact, businesses and the military are taking notice of the numerous benefits associated with being mindful. Within the article, the following “Mindfulness” numbers appeared:

  • 4 BILLION spent on related medical treatments
  • Nearly 1000 Certified Instructors
  • 477 Scientific Journal Articles in 2012

Another media post:  Harvard Business Review: Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Below are a few bullets highlighted in the HBR article:

  • Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things. When you do that, it puts you in the present. It makes you more sensitive to context and perspective. It’s the essence of engagement.
  • Better performance. It’s easier to pay attention. You remember more of what you’ve done. You’re more creative. You’re able to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. You avert the danger not yet arisen. You like people better, and people like you better, because you’re less evaluative. You’re more charismatic.
  • Imagine that your thoughts are totally transparent. If they were, you wouldn’t think awful things about other people. You’d find a way to understand their perspective.
  • Question the belief that you’re the only one who can do it, that there’s only one way to do it, and that the company will collapse if you don’t do it. When you open your views to be mindful, the stress just dissipates.

MY FAVORITE:

  • Life consists only of moments, nothing more than that. So if you make the moment matter, it all matters. You can be mindful, you can be mindless. You can win, you can lose. The worst case is to be mindless and lose. So when you’re doing anything, be mindful, notice new things, make it meaningful to you, and you’ll prosper.

Are you interested in learning how begin the process of TAKE CARE OF YOU?  If not now, when? Wellness is a behavior and I train on how to achieve it.  Utilize my three decades of coaching experience and a lifetime of living a wellness lifestyle.  Rest assured, my passion and purpose to empower you with my TCOY philosophy and lifestyle is life changing.  However, ACTION IS REQUIRED!

TCOY Wellness is Total Well Being…mind, heart and body.  If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?

Contact me at:  913-709-6059

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Creative Avoidance?

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I enjoyed Leo’s blog post today and have found myself guilt of this too.  The key is recognizing it and making the necessary adjustments.  Multi-tasking is something we need to do at times but beware of making it a way of life as it will drain you and actually be less productive.

A clutter-free environment definitely is less stressful.  One helpful tip that I have had since a child (my dad mentored this and it stuck with me), put things back when you are done with them.  From tools to files, if you make it a habit you will be able to find what you want quickly.  Life isn’t about perfection but being organized and simplifying are two ways to have less stress in your life.

When you feel like you are in a MAZE in life, step back, breathe and re-evaluate and focus. Thought this photo was a perfect fit so I added it.

TCOY!

Lucy

Constant Task Switching

Posted: 14 Feb 2014

By Leo Babauta

I know I’m losing focus when I’m constantly jumping around from task to task.

This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking on this and that. No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.

It means that I’ve lost myself in a chain of endless distraction, and am not truly conscious of what I’m doing.

When this red flag shows itself, I have a few simple solutions:

  1. Assess what’s important. What should I really be working on right now? I know it’s not the million little things. It’s something big that I’m probably avoiding. Often this means taking a step back to re-examine my priorities.
  2. Simplify. Constant switching often means I’m overloaded. I’ve taken on too much. I need to let go of the idea that I’m going to get everything done, and just focus on what I can really get done today. That might mean emailing or calling people to tell them I can’t do something today (or this week). I let go of tasks or projects, decide they’re not important and cross them off my list or put them on a “later” list that I’ll look at next week. Simplifying helps me to find focus again.
  3. Clear everything. If I have a task to focus on, I like to clear all tabs or close the browser and anything else that I don’t need to be doing right now. And just have the one task in front of me. This makes a huge difference. When you limit your options, you really get good at sticking to what’s there.
  4. Stay with the moment. Often we get lost in rushing around between tasks. When I clear everything away, I try to stay with this task, and do my best to be mindful of my urges to go check on something or switch away to something more comfortable but less important. I am mindful of my thoughts, of my body responses to what I’m doing. This focus, then, becomes a mindfulness exercise.

The practice of simplifying, clearing things away and staying with what I’m doing is incredibly useful, and something I haven’t mastered yet.

In my experience, it’s a process of letting go, and accepting.

Letting go of all the little urges to be up-to-date, to be in-the-know, to do everything, to say yes to everything.

And accepting this present moment as it is, and staying with it.

This letting go and accepting, by the way, is the secret to happiness and peace. It’s worth practicing.

Mindfulness ~ Think about it!

 

ImagePut simply, mindfulness is the practice of bringing oneself into the present moment.

Childhood memories take me to a simpler time.  Today there is a term for what was experienced in those days…it’s called “Mindfulness”.  Children and animals live in it and serve as a wonderful reminder:  Wherever you are, be there.

The home I grew up in was on a dead-end street with a finger of a lake and woods across the street.  Countless hours were spent outdoors.  The days and nights may have included:

  • Playing sports (basketball, football, softball, tag, etc)
  • Fishing
  • Boating (non-motorized, canoes, float boats, etc); drifting on a raft or tube
  • Sitting on the porch listening to the sounds of nature
  • Walking or hiking
  • Lying back and cloud or star gazing

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
Don’t feel guilty for Taking Care of You.  Often we place unrealistic demands on ourselves and fail to refuel and recharge.  Been there done that!  Still find myself sometimes out of balance and remind myself:  this moment is that important, it will never be here again, don’t miss what’s happening.
  • One of my favorite movies that bring mindfulness to the surface is THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR.  I highly recommend it.
  • TAKE OUT THE TRASH is a scene that everyone needs to watch!  I find myself drawn in to watching it a number of times throughout the year.
  • Life is a series of moments, let them take your breath away!  Coach Lucy
*Enjoy fellow blogger – Colleen Arnold blog post – Self Care Edition.

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