“The little things?  The little moments?  They aren’t little.” – Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

What is mindfulness?  It is the practice of focusing on the moment, being aware and fully present.  Our society consistently daydreams and worries, checks email and tunes into television.  The ability to be present is crucial for stress reduction and a better quality of life.  According to Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth, the average person’s mind wanders around 47% of the day.  In addition, when the mind wanders and the individual is not focused, unhappiness, stress, and anxiety occur.

Comprehending mindfulness and reaping the rewards is easier with the guidance of mindfulness speakers.  Expert Andy Puddicombe astutely explains the concept of mindfulness in his TED talk, “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes.” He asserts that in a mere 10 minutes of mindfulness each day, our entire lives will be positively impacted.  Author Pico Iyer has spent his life traveling the globe.  He stresses that “in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.”  He reminds us that being mindful and disconnecting from technology are crucial in finding fulfillment and peace.

Aside from contentment, mindfulness has other proven benefits.  Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and addiction expert, employs mindfulness in breaking harmful addictions.  He states that this “training was twice as good as gold standard therapy at helping people quit smoking.”  Having individuals focus on the act of smoking- being aware of their actions- assisted people in shedding this harmful habit.  Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  Studies have shown that pain decreased while self-esteem and feelings increased with this complementary type of medicine.

Recently, an 8 week mindfulness course was proven to increase workplace effectiveness by 6 percent.  Big companies understand the benefits- Google, General Mills, and Intel boast mindfulness employee benefits.  Some school systems have started investing in training their teachers how to teach mindfulness to students- and these kids are benefiting with improved behavior and grades.  This practice, which often includes meditation, is making a difference around the nation.

To better understand mindful living, these explanatory TED talks promote conscious thinking.  If you are interested in having a mindfulness speaker motivate audiences at your next event, please contact us.

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