Mindfulness-in-Action: No Dark Rooms, Yoga Mats or Scented Candles Required
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, performing a task at work, or just about any other situation in between.
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."