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Mindfulness

John Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach, defines mindfulness as: “The ability to experience the present moment in its entirety, mindfulness involves paying attention to internal and external phenomena as they unfold, moment by moment.”
 
The fundamental concept behind mindfulness is that at every moment of your life, you have the choice between living fully that moment or not. Either you fully focus on your present experience, or you disengage from it, either because you consciously let your mind "wander”, or because your mind drifts away by its own, because of a lack of self-awareness and self-control. Even if you decide to “rest” you mind deliberately, in most cases you don’t really rest, you ruminate. You think about the past, the future, your tasks, your challenges and your objectives. In such a situation, there is a very high chance that you ruminate more the negative events and stressful things rather than the good ones.

We see mindfulness as the most important leadership skill in a complex and demanding environment where developing and sustaining focus is extremely difficult. To us, mindfulness includes not only the capacity to be fully present in the moment, as described above, but it also includes neuropsychological self-awareness - knowing about your emotional, social and cognitive brains - stress management, resilience, clarity of mind and openness to change.