What is a Mindfulness Break?
If you work for a company, you possibly take a coffee break every hour. You most likely take a lunch break. You may even take a cigarette break (at least, you will breathe deeply during this).
What would happen if you could also take a mindfulness break?
What is mindfulness and what is a mindfulness break?
Mindfulness is bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction defines mindfulness as
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”
A mindfulness break is a period of mindfulness, a period of living life deeply in the present moment which can be practiced anywhere, any time from a moment, to a minute, to ten minutes, to a couple of hours, to a weekend, to a week, to several months or years.
Do you want to take a mindfulness break right now?
Ok. This will only take a minute or two.
If you have an office, please close the door.
Sit up straight in your chair in a comfortable position. Try to have your feet on the floor. Use headphones if you have them handy.
After you press the play button, close your eyes.
Bring your attention to your breathing.
When you are breathing in, know that you are breathing in.
When you are breathing out, know that you are breathing out.
When the bell rings, you mindfulness break is over.
You can return here whenever you want a one minute mindfulness break.
How did it go for you? Please write your comments below.
Now show this to your boss so that he can arrange a mindfulness break for your whole group that will last from 2 hours to a full weekend.