"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it." That quote from the classic 1980's movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off epitomizes mindfulness. Mindfulness engages present moment experience without judgement or resistance. Benefits include resilience, well being and smart decisions.
Resilience gives you the strength to work toward a smart solution. Mindfulness facilitates time to prepare, plan and practice to ultimately respond well when life throws you a curve ball.
Ferris Bueller didn't formally meditate to calm his mind, but he exuded well being. Carefree youths such as that high school character may aspire to make smart decisions.
Take time to get more information, consider the context and all the options. The book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work is rooted in strategically evaluating your processes for the best outcome. It's full of tips to overcome false deadlines.
Be good to yourself, quiet your judgment, focus on your breath. That requires proper rest, diet, nutrition and care to find the strength and patience to nurture your best self and lead anyone else. This practice may ultimately help us embrace confidence.
Ferris figuratively embodied loving kindness and compassion meditation practice. The practice starts with patience and love within the self to enjoy life, then your loved ones and beyond. That compassion helps you see and act clearly.
Another important reason to slow down is to avoid sloppy mistakes for your general well being. That requires caution.
While data proves the effectiveness of mindfulness, anecdotal evidence reinforces its power also. One day as I rushed my boys out of their favorite preschool, Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS), my five-year-old demonstrated he gets it. He asked, "So what if we're late?"
The yoga our boys learn at school must work. :) He was right, I rushed out of habit.
We need to be on time for school, meet real deadlines and honor loves one's commitments. Everything else is not that serious. Mindfulness to experience the present builds resilience, reinforces well being and optimizes results.
From my archive: Five simple ways to slow it down
Sources: Special thanks to Oprah and Deepak for their current meditation series and newsletter tips. I also had the pleasure of listening to my organization's mindfulness program last week with the following experts. Judi Cohen founded Warrior One LLC to offer effectiveness and leadership training to legal professionals through Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® (EML). Peter H. Huang, Professor, DeMuth Chair of Business Law, University of Colorado Law School. His current research includes analyzing how to empower people to make better decisions by democratizing mindfulness and thinking tools. Scott L. Rogers, Lecturer in Law & Director, Mindfulness in Law Program J.D. University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL. Helen Weng, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM), NIH/NCCIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Program San Francisco, CA.
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