As our personal and work lives become more unpredictable, it is important to develop skills for creating fitness, good health, and a positive mindset to be build resilience for expected and unexpected changes. Research shows that mindfulness and meditation: being in the present; clearing the mind; deep cleansing breaths; and quietness; improve creativity, health, and well-being for increased resilience through career changes and job loss. Mindfulness and meditation are two key skills needed for developing a healthy lifestyle.
Mindfulness can be experienced outdoors by observing nature in the moment. Sometimes empty spaces can be as enlightening as spaces filled with rushing rivers and ocean waves. Mindfulness is about experiencing the moment and being in it. I can easily find my mind wandering to the past being concerned that I have not done enough; or stressing over what will happen in the future. Stopping, meditating, clearing my mind, and experiencing the empty spaces can open myself to creative possibilities that I hadn’t before imagined.
“Mindfulness has been shown to enhance self-insight, morality, intuition and fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area. Evidence also suggests that mindfulness meditation has numerous health benefits, “ APA monitor
I enjoy walking and listening to a book or podcast and learning or being enlightened, but constantly filling my mind without practicing quietness, meditation, and presence can actually leave me feeling empty.
“…most of the literature has focused on mindfulness that is developed through mindfulness meditation — those self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental well-being and development and/or specific capacities such as calmness, clarity and concentration (Walsh & Shapiro, 2006).” APA Monitor
The practice of meditation, deep breathing, clearing the mind, and relaxation will improve your health, creativity, thinking, and attentiveness. Whether you are a career professional or looking for employment, the health and relaxation that results from the practice of meditation will improve your confidence and performance.
You may just need to be reminded of how beneficial meditation is, or you may be new to the practice. If you would like some guided meditations to get started, try one of the meditations below.
5-minute breathing meditation for beginners. http://marc.ucla.edu/mpeg/01_Breathing_Meditation.mp3
Free guided meditations. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22. Accessed 8/1/2014.
Miller, Nancy J. 10 Ways to Model a Healthy Lifestyle for More Effective Career Services. Recorded webinar. www.ceuonestop.com.
Miller, Nancy J. Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success. Elk Grove, CA: Teal Publishing, 2012. (pg. 87, Your Life, Your Style Chapter 8).
CDA Insights. Mindfulness: Achieve an awareness that extends to all aspects of work and life. http://www.careerdevelopmentalliance.com/cdainsights/mindfulness/#sthash.yVU5HYTf.dpuf. Accessed 8/12/14.
Davis, Daphne M., Ph.D, Hayes, Jeffrey A. Ph.D. APA Monitor. What are the benefits of mindfulness: A wealth of new research has explored this age-old practice. July/August 2012, Vol 43, No. 7. Print version: page 64. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx. Accessed 8/10/14.
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