Mindfulness is not meditation per se, (though it may incorporate meditation techniques and has some origins in Buddhist teachings) but rather includes many ways of being involving slowing down, awareness, and stress reduction. It includes a set of tools, techniques and exercises to facilitate paying more attention to one’s surroundings and being here in the moment.
It can be as simple and rewarding as driving to work in a mindful way, letting the traffic around you just be, experiencing the moment rather than being upset at that careless pedestrian or person not using their turn signal. It may require giving yourself the time to not be hurried — by leaving a few minutes early for example. It is relevant to business in that a number of businesses are providing the opportunity for staff to be exposed to it in the context of wellness.
Which brings us back to the Seahawks, an excellent approach to coaching and life to ponder as the Super Bowl draws near. “Lotus pose on two,” published by ESPN during last year’s pre-season reviews the process of change and mindfulness approach brought by coach Pete Carroll. The article ends with this quote, one that those of us in Seattle are particularly enjoying about now: “Man, that’s just what I was thinking,” the coach said. “Let’s not just win one Super Bowl. Let’s win multiple.”