Mindfulness is an approach to living that allows us to be more present, to be less self-conscious and to accept ourselves and the events in our lives in a way that reduces stress and increases satisfaction.

The research on mindfulness began in earnest in the 1970s. As a self-discipline practice, mindfulness has gained attention in medicine and psychology because of its effectiveness as a tool for lowering blood pressure and reducing other physiological and psychological aspects of stress. Mindfulness-based stress reduction courses are offered in medical schools and universities throughout the country and are used to teach people how to engage in nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, helping to overcome the effects of negative thinking.

If any of these behaviors are true of you, or someone you know, you’ll find action tips at EQDashboard.com :
  • Exhibits very little interest on how to focus attention or direct personal ways of seeing things
  • Judges situations without any self-reflection
  • Seems to be in a frequent state of distress; feels that he or she has no way out of difficult situations
  • Articulates being overwhelmed or unable to find time to meditate or reflect
  • Is experienced as impulsive and reactive rather than thoughtful and responsive

Action learning tips and learning assignments on the job are a click away at EQDashboard.com.

You might also consider (a sampling of suggestions from EQDashboard.com ):

Langer, Ellen J. Mindfulness. Boston: Norton Publishers, 1989.

Siegel, Daniel J. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. Boston: Norton Publishers, 2007.

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