Mindfulness and how to achieve it at work

The topic of mindfulness is all the rage these days. Books sold and articles written about how to be mindful sing its praises without telling you that it’s necessary to develop a meditation practice first. After meditating, it’s much easier to take mindfulness to work.

The old saying about “believing only half of what you read” applies here. Books written by mindfulness gurus give you only half of the story. There’s very little written about practice. Instead, you’re led to believe anyone can be mindful by applying “a few simple techniques.”

Easy for them to say! Most of those writers have practiced meditation for years under the guidance of a teacher. As a result, they have been able to achieve a degree of mindfulness during what Theravada Buddhists refer to as “post meditation.” For the rest of us, meditation at home alone or with a group needs to be the basis for mindfulness at work.

You can’t put this theory into action unless you first train your mind to focus and to be aware, as you would train your body to be stronger and healthier at the gym. The gym of mindfulness consists of meditating. It helps to learn one of the many meditation techniques out there that appeal to you.

You’ll enjoy a mindful mind when you acquire two skills: The ability to focus on what you’re doing. And at the same time, being aware of unimportant distractions with the ability to shrug them off as they arise.

If you want to learn an easy mindfulness technique that can be practiced without meditation and at any time, read this related article on Your Career Service.

The relationship between practicing meditation and daytime mindfulness reminds me of the song titled Love And Marriage——“you can’t have one without the other.”

Perhaps some can. But for most, mindfulness is a way of life……not a bunch of techniques you read about.

RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach and author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.