Are you awake?

Pioneer Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine has defined mindfulness as "paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally"

Mindfulness meditation can be practiced sitting upright and still, taking the awareness to the breathe as you follow the inhalation and exhalation through the nostrils. The mind is alert and the body relaxed with an attitude of curiosity and acceptance. When distracted gently bring the awareness back, this is where your training begins.

Mindfulness can also be practised in your daily activities as it is considered an innate capacity of human consciousness. Begin with your morning shower. In the present moment feel the sensation of water on your body, its temperature and how it affects you. Specifically follow the routine and sequence of how you wash your body. For those who say they are too busy and have no time, begin with this morning ritual.

Mindful leaders

Janice Marturano founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership says "Mindfulness is about training our minds to be more focused, to see with clarity, to have spaciousness for creativity and to feel connected. Marturano goes on to say "We only have one life. What's most important is that you be awake for it."

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