Now that this crazy event season is over, I actually had some time to myself. After watching a rousing Patriot’s game, I caught Anderson Cooper’s segment on “Mindfulness” on 60 Minutes and it that really spoke to me.
Being in the event business, we are on a constant frenetic pace with timelines, deadlines, texting and emails, and clients changing their minds J. Our minds are on the next event, the next truck, the next client.
Anderson Cooper said, “I don’t feel I’m very present in each moment. I feel like every moment I’m either thinking about something that’s coming down the road or something that’s been in the past.” I see this with myself. I see this with kids, my nieces and nephews, who are constantly on their iPads or phones. The world is growing more and more connected with technology, but people are becoming more and more disconnected, not only from each other, but also from themselves.
Mindfulness teaches a person to be focused on the present moment rather than the future or the past. It uses different techniques, including breathing and meditation. It reminds me of therapies I use with my own kids to calm down to be able to work thru their problems.
Corporations, like Google, are beginning to start meetings with a minute or two of silence. It serves to focus the attendee’s minds to be more productive in the meeting. Now wouldn’t that be wonderful…to have a more productive meeting?
See more of Anderson Cooper’s segment here:
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