To be more effective all you need is a single breath.

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective – Mindful

I’ve just spent all morning trying to integrate @Scoop.It with my website and now I need to be more effective by taking my own mindful advice. I smile to myself. So this is quite a literal mindful experiment to see if it works.

Mindfulness for leaders is explained here. I especially like this paragraph because it recommends a non-judgemental attitude and attentiveness, which, are qualities you will receive in Person-centred counselling.

Implications for Leadership

“The ability to calm the body and mind on demand has profound implications for leadership. Imagine that you’re responding to a severe crisis with your peers and everybody but you is frazzled, because you alone can calm down and think clearly. The ability to think calmly under fire is a hallmark of great leadership. The training and deployment of this skill involves paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. The more you bring this quality of attention to your breath, the more you strengthen the parts of your brain involved with attention and executive control, principally the prefrontal cortex. ”

If it works for leaders, then using Mindfulness will surely help alleviate the general life stresses of my counselling clients too. Find a calm corner, or make space for a calm moment to breathe.

All I need is a single deep breath, while I hit “publish”.

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