The Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness

“Might workplace mindfulness—in the cubicle or on the court—be just another way to get employees to work harder for nothing but airy rewards?”

This query, proposed by Virginia Heffernan in her article in The New York Times Magazine, really got me thinking.

Sure, I’m as guilty as the next person for over using the term and under emphasizing its impact when employed in its most pure form.

But who says we can’t explore the mindfulness journey even further and push it beyond its boundaries and Eastern practices?

Still, the writer has so many valid points including the challenge of not claiming the word as a way of excusing the “human condition,” but rather as a descriptive approach to facing what is staring right back at us, warts and all.

Dang, she’s good.

Yes, mindfulness has been muddied (can I get a “heck ya?”). I’m as guilty as the next.

How’s that for awareness?

But let me be “non-mindful” in excusing myself for muddying the waters. The more I explore it, the more likely I’ll be more mindful in its application.

And when it comes to our careers and the workplace, mindfulness truly is a great path to both peace and productivity. Who knew you could have both?

Personal Challenge: Be mindful of what mindfulness means to you and then mindfully apply it as mindfully as you would like to be mindful of. (Wink)

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