It’s hard to remember a time when the majority of our society wasn’t constantly looking to be stimulated or entertained in one way or another. In today’s technological age, it seems as though we’ve all but lost our sense of ease and reflection. When was the last time you took a walk, without your phone? For most people, those moments of complete solitude and silence are now filled with anxiety. But what if we all committed to leading a more mindful life? What if we committed to regaining our connection with everything around us?
This concept, of a more mindful way of life, has been slowly infiltrating mainstream corporations for almost a decade. Google introduced Search Inside Yourself, a course that teaches coders and programmers mindfulness, back in 2007. The program consists of an eclectic mix of attention-training practices that educates attendees on how to “be here now”. The founder of Google’s Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, has since been hired to facilitate his course by many companies, including Goldman Sachs and Farmers Insurance. Mr. Tan teaches the employees of these companies techniques in mindfulness, such as pausing to wish happiness upon difficult co-workers and simply taking a breath prior to sending an important email.
Similarly, The Marine Corps is testing a course in mindfulness. Mind Fitness Training is being incorporated into The Marine Corps regimen in hopes of helping soldiers relax and boost “emotional intelligence”. The specific exercises in this course help soldiers with attentional control and interoceptive awareness. This course in particular has helped regulate the physiological and psychological effects of extreme stress in the body and mind amongst those who have been in combat.
Practicing meditation can have significant benefits to your overall well-being. It has been proven to increase immune function, decrease depression and anxiety,and improve your ability to regulate your emotions, just to name a few. When exercising mindfulness, you’ll start to experience a new sense of clarity that brings you much awareness and actualization.
It’s important to note, that by adopting a mindful life you’re not doing away with technology, rather you’re choosing to regain connection. In doing so, you’ll find you have an increased ability to pay attention and really notice what’s going on around you. A simple introduction to these tactics can lead to profound inner peace and an unparalleled level of perspective.