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Mindful Leadership in Action – Tip of the Week – Stay Open to the Discomfort to Stay in the Present Moment

As you move through your day whether in a meeting, hearing the news, having a conversation at home or at work, notice when a thought enters your mind that says, “I don’t want to be here”; “I am wasting my time”; “I can’t stand this”; “It’s their fault”, etc.  I think you get the idea.  These are times when you stop being present and go into your head, into memory, fantasy or planning.  What you will notice is that at these times your body has tightened up, somewhere.  That would be a physical sensation associated with emotion.

When you notice this tightening, try to apply equanimity in the body and the mind.  You can do this by relaxing the body to the best of your ability.  Then apply an attitude of mind that is accepting that you may be cringing, that you are uncomfortable.  Allow yourself to cringe.  And stay open.  As you stay open you will notice there will be fewer judgments in the mind which will enable you to be more present.  With practice it will become a habit.  The minute you notice that kind of internal dialogue you will become aware of the body’s reaction and you be able to stop the cycle of mental dialogue and tightening body.  This cycle is what drives you away from the present moment.

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