During the New Opportunities at Work (NOW) Conference 2016, the Wisdom Café had a chance to speak briefly with one of the speakers of the event, Mushim Ikeda. Mushim is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center where she teaches the practices of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. During our quick exchange, she was able to say a few words about the importance of mindfulness in the workplace.
A main question that she answered was: “Why is it important to stay mindful?” Mushim smiled and replied, “When we are unmindful, that means we are unconscious and we’re in autopilot mode. When we’re in autopilot mode, that’s when we misplace our keys, that’s when we say things that unwittingly hurt others, and that’s when we can make mistakes where we injure ourselves.”
Mindfulness is a life skill to remain safe and to get the most out of our life.
During a busy work day, it may be difficult to stop and be mindful. Mushim shared with us an acronym to keep somewhere visible in your office that can remind you to be mindful at work, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed.
S – Sit down.
F – Feel your weight.
B – Breathe.
This acronym can help to center you and bring more awareness to how you are feeling. Mushim noted that if you really are agitated, this self-reflection can remind you to take action to relieve that stress.
Mindfulness itself is not either calm or agitated – it’s an awareness of what our state is. Through our breath we will be more able to tune into our bodies.
Though the process of incorporating mindfulness into your lifestyle may seem daunting or strange, Mushim encourages everyone to “just give it a try”. She reassures that with practice, you will be more aware of what is important in your life and be able to carry out your everyday tasks mindfully.
To check out more on Mushim Ikeda, click here.