John Stokdyk shares some ideas on mindfulness from a moment of calm insight at the recent Accountex event.
Amid the hubbub of the recent Accountex exhibition in London, 40 accountants sat quietly in a lecture room breathing deeply, contemplating the potential for mindful attention to improve their working practices.
The meditative interlude came at the end of my talk on Zen and the art of practice development and was designed to give participants a glimpse into the Buddhist concept of mindfulness by focusing on the simple act of breathing in and out.
Mindfulness is about being alert to the present moment, observing and experiencing everything as it is then rather than allowing thoughts to distract you. Mindfulness is a superb way to reduce stress and practising the technique in the longer term will help you identify and let go of habits that may have grown up around the way you react to external stimulii.
You can practice mindfulness when preparing a meal, taking a walk or doing a tax return, and as you become more fully aware of your actions, it should help you pay more attention to everything you do...