In our fastrack, quick-fix lives, there is a tendency to look for shortcut solutions rather than explore, practice and study a technique or discipline in detail. Mindfulness is often used as a quick and easy, standalone concept (eg sitting still and focussing on breathing, using colouring in books, harnessing the present moment or meditating etc.) However, psychologists are now turning to the idea of heartfulness to describe a more holistic approach that embraces the interplay between heart and mind to help people live more complete and purposeful lives.
Dr Stephen McKenzie (author of Heartfulness) is one such expert that advocates looking at more than just our minds to tackle the stresses and strains of the modern world. He has identified the following values that, if practised regularly, will help recalibrate the way we live our lives and how we interact with ourselves and others:
Why not try them out and let me know how you get on – perhaps heartfulness will be a workplace buzzword with sticking power and not only reduce workplace stress, but create a better sense of community and teamwork too?
You may also be interested in one of the Shropshire Mindfulness courses this Autumn.