Buried in work, your anxiety builds as you notice key deadlines are fast-approaching. You can’t wrap your head around just one task, so you do multiple — finding in time that you forfeited your opportunity to truly deliver results that matter to you and your company.
In our wired world of 24/7 communication, can we truly quiet our minds and produce great work without falling victim to insurmountable stress?
In short, the answer is: yes. Mindfulness — intentionally focusing on the present in a nonjudgmental way — works.
When Harvard professor Bill George presented his ideas on authentic leadership in 2011, he had the opportunity to ask the Dalai Lama, “How does one become mindful?” To his comfort, the Dalai Lama responded that it involves daily mindful practices.
We spoke with leading experts in mindful leadership who incorporate this technique into their professional and personal lives: ordained minister and physician Dr. Chris T. Pernell, author of Letters to My People: Inspirational Essays, Poems and Affirmations and founder of My Body & Me, a health and wellness initiative; owner of Lotus Yoga and Lotus in Action Jennifer Kohl; and Reiki master Deborah Flanagan, owner of Center for True Health.
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