There are a techniques helping to develop mindfulness and they can be learnt.
Although meditation can take us a long way towards mindfulness, there is more to it – at the core of mindfulness is the ability to become more than our own separate mind and feelings. When the mind finally becomes quite, it sets free other competences – compassion, gratitude, humility – as if these elements were quietly waiting to be set free. The key technique for mindfulness is mastering the mind and understanding that at the core of the human heart is love. If we access this place more often, we become more attentive to the human encounter, and the depth of a situation. It is this ability to transcend the mind through the heart which is needed for better co-creation. If we become aware of our own fears, our need for self-protection or our desire for recognition, it frees our perception. We can now also see the same struggle in others. It helps us to relax, respect difference, and deal with conflicts and difficulties in a much more mature way.
If all of this sounds too philosophical, I invite you to use a simple and mundane piece of mindfulness: introduce a check-in to all your meetings, and then observe the difference that it makes in getting to results. How could you do this? Simply start every meeting with each participant sharing just one sentence about what is on his or her mind. This simple act can make all the difference to people being present.
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