It’s true … mindfulness has been in the news lately. Time Magazine dedicated one of its January 2014 publications to mindfulness. The Huffington Post declared 2014 as the Year of Mindfulness. Professional sports teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, now work with “mindfulness consultants” in order to improve player performance. Companies such as Google and eBay offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to their employees. What is all this about and why now?
Mindfulness is not a new concept. Its roots date back over 2500 years. What is new is the frantic pace of life in countries such as ours. It seems we are living in a time when being busy is a status symbol. Demands on our time and attention … a constant stream of information, stimulation and data via social media … and relentless pressures to do more with less … any of these sound familiar? Where do we find relief?
In a study published in the Harvard Gazette, it was reported that the 2,250 people who took part spent 47% of their awake hours day-dreaming. One of the main conclusions of the study was this: “How often our minds leave the present and where they tend to go is a better predictor of our happiness than the activities in which we are engaged.”
See full study here: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/
So how do we learn to spend less time day-dreaming and more time in the present? How do we awaken to our lives rather than continue to spend almost half our waking hours ruminating about the past or pondering the future?
>>>Consider registering for an MBSR course offered through Prairie Centre for Mindfulness. Courses will start in September 2015 and be offered on a regular basis throughout the year.