Mindfulness Summed Up
As our journey Uncovering Mindfulness begins to draw to an end in this exclusive series I want to set-out the “5 steps for a mindful revolution”.
Investing in our future
I believe that happiness and wellbeing are critical for future economic and social success: they are as important to a nation as GDP.
Also, I believe that we need to be investing as early as possible in bringing mindfulness to our young, in order that they may grow-up to become independent, productive, happy and fulfilled adults.
A virtuous circle
I believe that by introducing and making mindfulness accessible and doable, we can create a ‘Virtuous Circle’.
- let’s make mindfulness a key part of maintaining wellness and promoting wellbeing and well doing &
- let’s ensure that day-to-day happiness is at the heart of every policy decision and social system and enterprise.
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A mindful revolution
- Let’s begin to change the story one conversation, one innovation, one leap of faith at a time.
- Let’s give common humanity, compassion and collaboration real weight and value; &
- let’s proactively live it without words, just allowing it to be part of who we are – right here, right now!
A compelling case
Those are five steps to address and counter a compelling case for why we need mindfulness. For example, in the UK alone:
- Absences from the workplace because of stress cost the UK economy around £23B p.a.
- 105M working days are lost each year, costing UK employers some £1.24B annually
- 75-90% of all visits to the GP are stress-related
- 9M Britons are currently taking some form of anti-depressant
- The World Health Organisation predicts that Mental Illness will overtake Heart Disease and Cancer to become the biggest take on the global health budget by 2030
A V.U.C.A world
Is this surprising when you consider the kind of world we now live in?
- We spend on average 9 hours a day on screens, tablets and other mobile devices, which is longer than most of us spend asleep each night
- We check our phones on average +150 times a day
- 1-in-4 of us even admit to checking a mobile device whilst having sex
- By 2020 there will be 50B connected devices world-wide
Turn up the brightness switch
So start practicing mindfulness for as little as five minutes a day and begin to enjoy:
- increased ability to relax and improved sleeping patterns
- reduced levels of stress
- improved relationships
- greater concentration & focus
- increased mental and physical resilience
- greater creativity
- heightened emotional intelligence and increased feelings of gratitude, compassion, happiness & kindness
What’s stopping you?
More interesting articles from Paul Mudd:
- Mindfulness: The Compassionate You
- It’s Official: Mindfulness Boosts Business Performance!
- Mindfulness & The Brain: You’re Smarter than You Think!
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