What is mindfulness?

The practice of mindfulness is the act of being more alert, aware of your thoughts and attuned to the present moment in a non-judgemental way. Mindfulness as an approach has been increasing in popularity in Western culture over the past 6 years and in 2015 was somewhat of a phenomenon in being introduced to the workplace within the corporate sector. The drive to bring wellness into the management and leadership of employees, coupled with the development and new discoveries in neuroscience, has supported the appetite for industry leaders to try something different within their organisations.....Why should this be any different for agriculture?

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment in a particular way and MRI scanning and modern neuroscience discoveries are showing us that this ability of mentally 'checking in' with yourself and paying attention with full focus to the present situation (rather than getting embroiled in internal thoughts) is developed by meditation, a practice of self-discipline.

Scientific research has recently been showing that the practice of mindfulness supported through daily meditation, increases the grey matter in your pre-frontal cortex and improves concentration, focus, increases memory and organisational abilities. In addition to this, the 'fight or flight' area of the brain (amygdala) is decreased; resulting in behaviour where more considered reactions can be achieved within our daily lives, especially in relation to situations we are faced with when under pressure.

Science suggests that an average normal person will only be present for around 1% of the time.  To truly turn up to your own life and achieve just what you want to achieve requires this presence to increase greatly - which can be done - through brain training.

 

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