This morning I was invited by Tracey Kitchen of The Beacon Magazine to go to a networking event at The Leicester Tigers Ground. On first hearing that eating was being mixed with work you could be forgiven for thinking this was not particularly mindful…think again.
I met some really lovely motivated and motivating people. Tracey was pleased I went and was genuinely pleased to introduce me to a group that she gets a lot out of.
This was a brand new experience for me and a real eye opener into the world of business. Coming from a background of employment I am to some extent naive about the lengths business people go to get work.
I noticed lots of mindful things about the session – yet no one else there was apprently into ‘Mindfulness’. This really highlighted for me how most people incorporate elements of mindfulness into their daily lives without realising.
If we become more aware of the things that we already do that are mindful, our increased awareness means that we will be able to use these methods in more areas of our life. This way we make the most of our skills.
The mindful meeting…
1)Thought had gone into the breakfast – there was a healthy option of fruit that was all chopped and prepared for us. Beyond being good for our bodies this is great for moral. Everyone felt there was an option. Whether you love bacon butties or whether a banana is more your style the choice was there. When you look after others they feel valued, this works in all areas of life, sometimes the small things really do make the difference.
2)The structure of the meeting was clear and was set out for everyone to see. When things are confusing in life we get less done and we get distracted. We know this from our own lives and it is reflected in our minds too. The length of the meeting was fixed because it was before work so this kept everyone focussed. No one had their phone or laptops out, no one was checking the time…or worse still their emails. They were all there to focus. This meant things worked really well. Try focussing on one thing at a time in your life, it could have real results.
3) Everyone’s contribution was valued at the meeting. Each person who was there had the chance to speak up and to say what they wanted to get out of the meeting. Because of the numbers it was only 60 seconds each. The benefit to this was that each person had to be really focussed. If we can focus our attention in our lives then we can get things done faster and to a higher standard.
4)Motivation was high up on the amazing attributes that I saw from this group of people. At the end of the meeting referrals were made to other members. The recommendation of those who really knew and believed in the services of others was a great way of building appreciation and mutual help within the group. Although this was formal in this setting it so true that in life if we praise others when we think they have done well it creates a feel good factor. Make this your philosophy in life and you will start to see others appreciate you more too.
5)Acting with integrity is so important when we seek a clear mind. If we are genuine and happy with our actions then we don’t worry about them and we don’t feel guilt. Within the group at the meeting is was made clear that they only refer those who they know and trust. To make sure things were working well they were checked out randomly. Getting to know others better in one to ones was a suggested method and it is certainly a great way of understanding others. If we learn to check in with others and with ourselves on a regular basis we can see that we are not heading off course.
Build some of these mindful ways into your life and see success and happiness follow. Come on a Revitalise Day to learn more mindful ways of living that will allow you to love life and reduce stress.