Tips For Using Mindfulness To Reduce Stress
Finding happiness and meaningfulness through calmness of thought
Q. What is mindfulness?
A. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention in the present moment without judgment, a skill one develops through meditation or other training. One of the most effective ways of doing this is through mindful meditation.
Mindfulness, which is a powerful tool for reducing stress, derives from sati, a significant element of Buddhist traditions, and based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Though definitions and techniques of mindfulness are wide-ranging, in the tradition I am part of, Transmodern Zen, mindfulness is concerned with how past, present and future moments arise and cease as momentary sense impressions and mental phenomena. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh, Herbert Benson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard J. Davidson, and Sam Harris.
One of the most powerful and simple concepts I pay attention to in my stress management process is productivity. Paying attention to this element has changed my life dramatically and has affected how, and why, I respond to daily challenges, and obstacles.
Focusing on productivity can have a major and positive influence on how I respond to people, places, and things, removing mental and emotional confusion, and helping me to pull all the pieces together as I make important decisions.
Productivity is one of the most measurable tools for achieving success in life. Unlike many other factors, including our pure talent, and emotions that can move us forward or get in the way; how effective, efficient, precise, productive, accurate, and self-aware we are can be defined and measured.
Living Without Unnecessary and Stress
No matter what we do, or how we seek to do it, how we live will likely involve problem-solving of one type of another. A relatively objective and high Productivity score can help us to determine how skillfully we are likely to be in solving a problem. The process of measuring productivity, applying it, and then addressing a plot decision, a simple problem or series of problems is likely to have some stress in it.
Stress is a normal human reaction that happens to everyone. In fact, the human mind and body are designed to experience stress and react to it. When you experience changes or challenges (stressors), your body produces physical and mental responses. That’s stress. Stress responses help your mind, emotions, and body adjust to new situations
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh,
So ultimately stress, especially the stress that comes with being a writer or any other type of creator requires that our process and productivity merge, and when they do everything falls into balance in the best possible ways.
To live a meaningful life, the goal needs to be, an alignment of your actions with your long-term goals. As we maximize our skills, potential, and productivity at the lowest possible and practical cost the quality of our work will rapidly grow.
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Author: Lewis Harrison is a Collaborative Futurist, Results Coach, Mentor to Corporate Executives and Philanthropic Organization on Predictive analytics, Professional Problem-Solver, Game Theory/Strategist
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