Contemplation is a new word and has been gaining traction in recent years. But what is all the fun about it and how can it be used to help us achieve our dreams? How often do you feel stressed, frustrated, or unsure about which way to go, especially with all that is currently going on in the world?
Through reflection we can learn to identify what is happening in our body and mind and create a gap between motivation and response. Being able to step back and evaluate the situation, we will be better equipped to make advanced business decisions that will lead to success.
Contemplation is a perfect practice. A common concept is to look at physical sensations and mental experiences, desires, feelings, emotions, thoughts. Given that feeling is both a physical sensitivity and a thought process, the goal is to connect the body with the mind in a higher sense of awareness. That is, to understand that the body and mind are inseparable, and to learn to understand all the feelings and their connections with our thoughts.
Contemplation is about developing the ability not to dwell on the past, not to worry about the future, but to focus on what is happening now. But what does thinking do and how can it help?
- Thinking and Strength
The advantage of thinking that it improves resilience. Practicing positive thinking helps you to deal with stress rather than frustration and stress. Instead of being overwhelmed by feelings of anger, failure, or envy, we can pause, take a deep breath, take a step back, and choose not to become emotionally involved and move on. Over time we become less active and stronger emotions will emerge and fall without being caught in the story.
You can do this work all day by first realizing that you have negative feelings that you are experiencing all day long. Either the lead is not possible, or the client is not happy with the other work you have produced.
Begin to identify any feelings and sensations that appear in the body, be it tightness in the chest, jaw clenched, or light thoughts of failure. Once you have a hearing, close your eyes, and breathe for a long time. Listen to your mind and thoughts running, know that it is only temporary and it will pass. Once you have identified and heard thoughts but chose not to associate with them, they will pass you by quickly and will not affect your entire day.
Training to think you can start by sitting on a park bench or in another public place every day for 5 minutes. Get used to looking forward when people pass by, even if you are tempted to look away, keep focusing on looking ahead. You can focus on what people are wearing, the types of fabrics or the colors they are wearing. Anything that keeps your attention right now. If you do this every day for a few weeks you can achieve the results of this practice for the rest of your life.
“Thinking means being alert. It means knowing what you are doing. ”- Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Improved Performance Performance
Thinking also helps to improve job performance. This is because you are training your brain to be better at focusing because each time you see your mind wandering, you are returning your focus to what you are aiming for.
For example, you’re at work, you get a lot of email, you get messages on your phone and you try to do multiple tasks and do millions of things at once. The next time you find yourself doing this, stop, take a deep breath, turn off your email and phone notifications and focus on the task at hand.
- Setting a Goal
By daily reflection, you provide yourself with an opportunity to be consistent. Here, you can analyze your past successes and failures. With this clarity, you will be able to better plan and focus on your future goals. It can also create a pause and reflect. It is a safe place for the head to go when things go wrong, or if you are unsure of the next movement.
In addition, you can set realistic, achievable goals for yourself. Developing self-awareness can help you decide which goals are worthwhile. Keeping realistic goals in line with your values, beliefs and circumstances makes it easier to achieve and aligns with what is most important in your life.
“Nothing has ever happened without teaching us what we need to know.” – Pema Chödrön
By encouraging reflection in your work day, you can see useful or useless habits. No matter how much we love our jobs, who would look back on life and wish they had spent more time answering messages at midnight?
Knowing our thoughts and concerns when we do not respond will help us to come up with bad habits that keep us anxious, frustrated and unhappy. When we see that we are behaving in this way we can stop, pause, see what we are doing and choose to put down the phone, go and relax. This will naturally lead to a more balanced work life as we learn to recognize our needs, what can make us happier and begin to make small changes.
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