Mindfulness in Action: No Dark Rooms, Yoga Mats or Scented Candles Required

Types of Mindfulness

While it’s proven mindfulness works and is used by big business, healthcare, the military, academia and governments across the globe (and don’t forget Anderson Cooper reported on 60 Minutes that it “changed his life”), there are many different kinds of mindfulness.

For some people mindfulness means sitting down to mediate or attending a retreat.  For others it means stopping what they’re doing to tune into a podcast or dial up an app to get a quick reprieve from life’s stressors.

But what to do when you’re too busy to attend meditation classes and retreats, or your phone and favorite app aren’t handy (or even worse, the wifi is down)?

The answer is to try something called ‘Mindfulness in Action’.

Innovated by Dr. Geoff Soloway, a PhD in Mindfulness from the University of Toronto, this technique teaches people how to be mindful in the middle of whatever it is they’re doing.

Yes, that means people can be mindful while washing the dishes, walking the dog, disagreeing with a friend or colleague or just about any other situation in between.                       

An image showing mindfulness while washing dishes, walking the dog, or at work

A practice known as ‘Take 5’ is the way to get mindful regardless of what you’re doing.  Dr. Soloway explains:

“Take 5 is a five-step process designed to help people flip from thinking to sensing mode which is how to get into the present moment and become mindful. Learners don’t have to close their eyes or even stop what they're doing to Take 5 which is what makes this technique so beneficial.”

mindfulness take 5 infographic

Participants Agree, Take 5 Works

Participants in the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, the online training that teaches Mindfulness in Action and Take 5, agree. The following testimonials come from a major airline that offered the Challenge to employees this past spring:

“Stopping to Take 5 allows me to think more clearly.”

“Being able to Take 5 to reset and get back into mindfulness was amazing. I feel more in control now and ready to face new challenges.”

“Take 5 made me realize that when I am faced with a stressful situation I can refocus and be able to deal with the task.”

“During a disagreement with a colleague I chose to Take 5 while they ranted on. This gave me the opportunity to listen and let them be heard. Instead of continuing the argument I took a step back, reflected and let it go.”

“While running late, I took a Take 5, and it really reduced the anxiety and stopped fueling the stress.”

To learn more about mindfulness, download the Take 5 instructions or find out about the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge and upcoming training dates, visit: http://www.mindwellcanada.com/