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Mindfulness has suddenly become the 'mantra'. We try to use that in our everyday life and of course, anything that comes to the West gets marketed well enough to become something special. Meditation, yoga, all these were the same. That said, I have always believed in these and Mindfulness research which is catching up off late interested me in the recent times. Even though the research in this area (there is a huge scope) is still in nascent stage, the use of this in the field of even consumer science and marketing makes it essential to be studied. For now, the research focuses on the neurological and mental changes in specific demographic group.
I have off late come across a lot of business articles which focuses on using mindfulness among employees. This is to both reduce stress and also inculcate team work and great culture in the organization. Even though I don't claim to be an expert, I can surely say that I have taken a 15 hour a week worth of mindfulness research and meditation course last year. It was one of my best classes. I can tell you from that, being mindful doesn't make one happy and forget one's sorrows. It actually helps one to be more 'aware' of one's feelings. I can surely say, there is a big difference in how and what I do with my life. Yes, I am not any more happier or any more sadder than what I can be depending on my day and mood. However, I am more 'aware' of what or how I am feeling that moment. I let it be that way. Trust me, when I say it is a hard task to learn this approach of mindfulness. We can be mindful only when we practice it everyday (this is what I lack). I do the informal versions of it but the formal practice takes time, effort, and will-power.
In this modern day and age being mindful is both a luxury and necessity. I hope to incorporate this in my life and hopefully my future post might be able to elaborate that journey.