Centering: Practice One Becoming A Mindful Leader

Anxiety, stress and overwhelm have many generally happy leaders feeling in a slump. Companies that generally have high-performance teams are feeling the challenge to maintain top talent. Society is becoming more unconscious every day with our addiction to technology, lack of human connection, and the general faster pace of the global interconnected world. Many turn to alcohol, drugs, and television as a way to escape the demands on the everyday world. This is mindless. What we need is mindful.


I don’t believe life or work has to be this way. In fact life and leadership this way is unsustainable. There are 7 practices to become a mindful person that leads mindful organizations. These practices are simple, but not easy. They are practices, not perfects. By this I mean these are skills you can learn and try each day to keep your self, your team and your company on track in these uncertain times. In this series, I will share with you what mindfulness is. Over the course of these 7 entries share with you each practice, why it makes a difference and invite you to try it for a week. Mindful leadership requires mindful living so as you practice each concept they grow on one another.   By the end of this 7 part series, you will have 7 new practices, tools if you will try when leadership becomes overwhelming.


What is mindfulness?


Mindfulness is often misunderstood and misdefined. I define mindfulness by the definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn the found of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) his definition is Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment, non judgmentally.


Mindfulness is often confused with meditation and while meditation is one form of mindfulness it is not the only form. In this series, I will share with you seven practices for mindful living and mindful leadership that do not require you sit on a meditation pillow. These are 7 practices for applied mindfulness for leadership.


Practice One: Centering

It is important with each mindfulness practice we do not assume a common understanding of the words/practices as presented. With each of the 7 practices, I will define the word and concept for you so we are all on the same common understanding.

Centering is the process of bringing your body, mind and spirit/energy back to the center. Often in life and business today we have so many demands on us to multi-task centering practices are the opposite of that is coming back to center. To the heart. The focus point of what truly matters.


Centering as a Personal Practice Centering as a Leadership/Business practice
Take a moment breathe and pull your energy back into your heart center With your team invite everyone to take a moment to put their feet on the ground and gather their thoughts, invite them to breathe not from the head but back into the heart center. As a leadership team breathe each individual and the teams back to center.


Centering matters personally as it re-aligns our bodies and reminds us of what we value. As humans, we are hard-wired for survival, for good and for kindness. As leaders centering matters because it can help to be more connected to our self, the team, and our work. Leaders who practice mindfulness make better decisions easier than those who do not. Mindfulness reduces stress, makes more money. Practice this several times a day and see how centering helps you. As you feel more comfortable with it invite your team to center as well.


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