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What is Mindfulness

Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management
Cognitive strategy to increase effectiveness.
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Mindfulness: Spiriting Effective Strategic Leadership and Management
Nancy Kymn Harvin Rutigliano (State University of New York Empire State College, USA), Roger M. Samson (Texas State University, USA), and Alexandria S. Frye (Texas State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1049-9.ch033
Abstract
Mindfulness is a cognitive strategy that can be employed by leaders and managers to counteract the often negative and sometimes overwhelming factors of stress, including ever-flowing information, data, and demands for attention, decisions, and accountability. Scientific research has shown that mindfulness can heighten productivity, creativity and innovation, and overall effectiveness. Mindfulness practices can, over time, alter brain chemistry and produce changes in neural circuits, often leading to reductions in perceived stress, increases in empathy, and broader emotional and cultural intelligence through heightened perception. Utilizing the benefits of mindfulness can fuel strategic leadership and management as well as individual and organizational success.
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Mindfulness into Action: Applying Systemic Thinking and Exploring the Potential for Developing Reflective Leaders
Being awake and aware of the social setting. In the leadership management context, mindfulness enables leaders to interrupt the vicious cycles of sacrifice, stress and dissonance.
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Conflict Resolution and Leadership Mindfulness into Action (MIA) for Cultural Humility and Awareness (MIA-CHA): Toward Ending Microaggressions and Fostering Harmony
Being awake and aware of the social setting. In the leadership management context, mindfulness enables leaders to interrupt the vicious cycles of sacrifice, stress and dissonance.
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Implementing Social-Emotional Learning in the Virtual Environment for K-12 Classrooms
To engage in sensory and physical experiences that build upon releasing stress and tension and help build a mindset for growth to promote educational and social development.
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Using a Connectedness Cycle to Create a Paradigm Shift in Work and Education
A nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, including an understanding of one’s own, and other’s feelings and emotions.
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Cultivating Holistic Learning Environments in Higher Education: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Ubuntu Philosophies
A cognitive state that is centred on the present moment, encouraging consciousness, focus, and emotional control to enhance overall welfare.
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Practical Action and Mindfulness in Health Information Security
An organizational process that attends to small deviations from expected behavior and, thus, prevents small errors or failures from escalating into major catastrophes.
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Medical Burnout: Is Mindfulness an Effective Coping Strategy?
A state of awareness that comes from paying attention, on purpose, and nonjudgmentally, to present events.
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The Journey of Balancing Life and Work While Managing Stress
The practice of being aware of your physical, mental, and emotional self and your surroundings. This can be a calming agent as well as a way to ground you in a moment to be more aware of a situation during a stressful or overwhelming event.
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Mindfulness in Health Education and Health Promotion
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” ( Kabat-Zinn, 1994 , p. 4).
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AI, Mindfulness, and Emotional Well-Being: Nurturing Awareness and Compassionate Balance
Is a mental state achieved through focused awareness of the present moment, fostering emotional balance, stress reduction, and improved overall well-being.
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The Impact of Mindfulness Practices and the Implementation of Technology in Higher Education
Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism and defined as being present in the moment. Additionally, the field of psychology adopted mindfulness as a coping mechanism practice. Also, there is a focus on being aware of feelings, the environment, physical state, and being open-minded.
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Core Curriculum: A Breathing Space for Wellness to Sustain Decolonizing Leadership
A quality or state of being conscious achieved through diverse techniques that assist in focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.
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The Role of the Supervisor in Creating and Maintaining an Emotionally Healthy Workplace
A mental state and philosophical practice that prioritizes calm observation of the present moment and non-judgmental acceptance of emotional, intellectual, and physical responses to what is observed.
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Designing Gen Z Careers: A Design Thinking Approach to Sustainable Careers
The practice of intentionally paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and non-judgment for cultivating self-awareness, managing stress and anxiety, and promoting wellbeing.
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Mindful Leadership in Diverse Workplaces
Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in each moment.
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The Self-Cultivation Model of Lifelong Learning: Toward Post-Egoic Development
A meditation practice that emphasizes both concentration and expansion of non-discursive awareness in the present moment, allowing one to both relax in and engage with the world within and without. As a Buddhist form of meditation, it is one of the seven factors of enlightenment, supporting personal and spiritual development.
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Hidden Occupational Hazards for Social Service Providers
A collection of activities that purposefully focuses a person on what is going on in the present moment, physically, emotionally, cognitively, and/or spiritually. These activities promote relaxation and use of cognitive strategies to intentionally decrease negative stimuli and return the system to a state of equilibrium.
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Contemplative Practice and Reflexivity for Emotion Regulation
A contemplative activity whereby the practitioner strives to achieve a state of self-awareness of thought, emotion, and body.
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Social Interweaving and Networking “Bindungslehre 2.0” for a New Social Design and Thinking Process: Textile, Patterns, Systems, and Relationships
Pay attention to the moment without judging—mindfulness means being in the here and now—not just physically but also mentally. This is not normal for most people.
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Irresponsible/Unmindful Parenting: An Empire for the Media
Deliberately giving attention to the present moment and present interactions.
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Impressive, Inspiring, and Profound Mindfulness Movement in Organizations: Boosting Productivity, Cultivating Joy, and Sharping Awareness
Represents a highly influential concept today, since more and more individuals, and more and more specialists worldwide recommend the exercises, meditation, and practices which are specific to maintaining moment-by-moment awareness of people’s thoughts, feelings, sensations, in accordance to the surroundings and the environment where the people try to be part of; in essence, the vital characteristic of mindfulness that ought to be highlighted is that all the situations that individuals are facing should be taken without any form of judgment, should be accepted as such, in order for the individuals to be able to find the inner strength and the inner solutions to cope with those situations and be able to go to the next levels of their lives, their carriers, their proposed stages in terms of goals, objectives, and targets.
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Mindfulness at Work, a Sound Business Investment: Focusing on the Employee Well-Being While Increasing Creativity and Innovation
In the post-COVID-19 era, due to the new order installed, individuals will have to face new challenges and will need to become more and more aware of the importance of their well-being, their mental health and their capacity to be part of new surroundings and new environments; mindfulness might be the solution to both older and newer changes in people’s lives, since meditation – as a secular practice, has proven its validity for centuries and has demonstrated on several occasions the healing capacities; these days, mindfulness represents a precious asset for all human beings, offering a better and broader perspective on the situations faced and the challenges encountered, since it brings a certain balance in individuals’ lives and a specific, most needed, state of mind, at work; the business environment, these days, is highly aggressive and even fierce, which weakens individuals’ capacity to react over time, but with the aid of mindfulness instruments, methods, practices, and techniques, empathy and cooperation have a better chance to prevail.
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Cyberloafing and Constructive Recreation
The state of engaging in c onscientious and focused attention to the current task at hand and one’s own associated mental state, or upon a limited and constrained set of stimuli.
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Cultivating Nourishment and Compassion for Young Children's Minds, Hearts, and Souls Using Spiritual Literacy: Allowing Children to Hear Their Song!
A meditative process in which an individual recognizes and accepts their present thoughts and feelings without interference of judgment or criticism. Practices and strategies encouraging children and adults to be present in the moment.
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Natural User Interfaces for Meditative Health Games
A state of awareness characterized by being focused on your current feelings and senses.
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The Impact of Pre-Writing Practices Among Writers From Multiple Academic Disciplines and Business Sectors
Intentionally focusing one’s attention and awareness on the present moment, without judgement
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The Imposter Phenomenon in the Medical Profession
Being aware of present-moment experiences with a mental stance of receptivity and non-judgment.
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Mind, Brain, and Education: Using Neuroscience to Teach Students Living in Poverty
The practice of meditation and breathing techniques to focus on being in the present. Mindfulness encourages students to return to a reflective state of mind instead of reactive when experiencing stress.
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Creating a Sustainable Community: An Interprofessional Approach Using Arts-Based Interventions
Drawing attention to the present moment and observing without judgment.
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Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Yoga: Implications for Yoga Therapy
An intentional state (or skill) of alert, relaxed, non-judgmental attention onto the present moment.
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Digital Distractions, Mindfulness, and Academic Performance With Undergraduate College Students
Giving a task your attention and being fully aware of what we are doing or not doing at the present moment.
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Leadership Skills Development: Co-Creating Sustainability through Indigenous Knowledge
Being awake and aware of the social setting. In the leadership management context, mindfulness enables leaders to interrupt the vicious cycles of sacrifice, stress and dissonance.
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Infusing Mindfulness for Social Justice: New Perspectives for Sustainable Human Resource Management
An individual state when one is paying attention to the here and now openly and without judgment.
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Look of Life: The Wonder Therapy
The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.
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The Road to Digitally-Driven Mental Health Services: Remote Psychological Interventions
It translates the self-regulation of attention and an attitude of acceptance without judgment, and openness to internal and external experience; the notion of being fully present in the present moment.
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Yoga for Attaining the State of Mindfulness
Awareness that stems from attending the present moment in a non-judgmental and accepting manner. Its roots are in Buddhist philosophy, later furnished and popularised as a practice by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
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Meditation, Mindfulness, and Mental Health: Opportunities, Issues, and Challenges
It is the nonjudgmental observation of the present moment or present internal or external stimuli.
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Evidence-Based Practices to Enhance First Responder Well-Being and Performance
A state of mind in which an individual is fully and nonjudgmentally engaged with their current sensory and internal experiences.
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Embracing Mindfulness and Spirituality to Enhance Well-Being and Resilience in Teachers and Students
Intentionally paying attention to the present moment on time and without judgement, letting go and practicing non-attachment to thoughts.
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Personal Growth and Leadership: Interpersonal Communication with Mindfulness into Action
Being awake and aware of the social setting. In the leadership management context, mindfulness enables leaders to interrupt the vicious cycles of sacrifice, stress and dissonance.
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Mindfulness and Social Cognitive Processing
Present-moment awareness, non-judgmental observation, cultivating attention and awareness of one's thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
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Introducing Mindfulness Training and Research Into Policing: Strategies for Successful Implementation
Paying attention to sensations, emotions, and thoughts in a particular way: 1) as they unfold in the present moment, 2) on purpose, and 3) with acceptance rather than judgment (or, at least, with awareness of the judgments that are arising).
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A Critical Conversation About Mindfulness for School Leadership
A mental state of being where one is fully aware of thoughts, emotions, and bodily reactions in a manner of being present and in the moment.
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Experiential Learning for Telehealth in Sports Science and Allied Health
The phenomenon of being present to ones here and now thoughts, feelings, sensations and actions.
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Fostering Career Self-Efficacy via Mindfulness and Life Coaching: A Positive Psychology Sustainable Career Framework
The active choice by an individual to adopt a technique of focusing on the present moment without judgement.
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Integrating Mindfulness and Addiction Awareness in Higher Education: Strengthening Resilience and Promoting Well-Being
Fostering an elevated state of present-moment consciousness devoid of evaluation, encouraging transparency, concentrated thought, and emotional control.
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Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Externalizing Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence: A Narrative Review
Mindfulness is a form of meditation, where the individual deliberately brings his/her attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment.
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Well-Being of Organizational Leaders in the New Normal
Maintaining awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and immediate environment on a moment-by-moment basis is known as mindfulness.
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Cyberloafing and Constructive Recreation
The state of engaging in c onscientious and focused attention to the current task at hand and one’s own associated mental state, or upon a limited and constrained set of stimuli.
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Communicating Compassion in Pedagogy: Lessons From COVID-19
Being aware of one’s own experiences and perceptions and finding a way to deal with negativity productively.
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Mindfulness in PK-12 Classrooms as a Means to Promote Emotion Regulation
A nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, including an understanding of one’s own, and others’, feelings and emotions, and positive traits of mind such as gratitude and kindness.
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First-Year College Students Connect With Citizens Returning From Incarceration Through Mindfulness: Diverse Voices and the Production of History
Is a philosophy of living that is centered upon living in the present moment and being aware of thoughts, feelings and judgments.
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Mindfulness in Education: The Need of the Hour
Paying attention to things and accepting as they are and not how we expect them to be.
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Out of Trauma Comes Strength: The Trauma-Informed Positive Education (TIPE) Model
The practice of being present in one’s everyday experiences and life.
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Mindfulness and Mindful Coaching
A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
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Is There a Right Way to Parent?: Focusing on Mindful Parenting
The ability to pay attention to the experience in the moment without attaching any judgement to it.
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Mindfulness Business Principles: Producing Outstanding Value and Encouraging Community Connections
Represents a valuable characteristic that individuals possess and that refers to people’ capacity to be anchored in the present moment, rather than be connected to past experiences or dream about future possibilities, thus helping individuals to be more aware of the real needs that they might have in order to find the optimal solutions to their problems; in continuation, people are able to learn how to become more committed, how to respond better to their colleagues needs, how to avoid stress and anxiety, and, in return, feel more joyful, more balanced, more happy.
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Cultivating Flow and Happiness in Children
The quality of being present in the moment; observing and accepting one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations; a calming and therapeutic technique.
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Building a Framework to Achieve Work-Life Balance: Advice From a Co-Working Couple
The art, skill, or habit of slowing down enough to allow your mind to remain focused on the present moment.
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Mindful Eating: A Novel Therapeutic Tool
A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
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Look of Life: The Wonder Therapy
The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.
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Fostering Mindfulness and Compassion: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges
Mindfulness is developing awareness and focusing on the present moment. Engaging in this practice facilitates improved concentration and diminished tension levels and fosters an uncritical perception of one's thoughts and emotions.
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Mindful Marketing: A Key Antecedent for Positive Marketing Outcomes
A way of working marked by a focus on the present, attention to operational details, willingness to consider alternative perspectives, and an interest in investing and understanding failures ( Ndubisi, 2012 , pp. 628).
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Leading Creative Problem Solving: A Mindfulness Intervention
The cognitive ability to pay attention to the present moment without judgement or attachment to a desired outcome.
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Mindfulness Approach to Ethical Consumption
Refers to the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment
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Rethinking Learning Engagement Through Emotional Learning Analytics in K-12 Classrooms Through Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness
It is the mental state of being aware of something on the present moment, acknowledging one’s feelings and thoughts, accepting bodily sensations by means of a therapeutic technique.
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Mindfulness-Based Well-Being Interventions in Organizations and the COVID-19 Pandemic
A mental state or a trait which refers to being aware of the present moment on purpose with nonjudgmentally.
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Supporting the Spiritual Experience in Online Faith-Based Education
An active and purposeful thought process in which one seeks to gain and use information from their environment to shape their responses.
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An Emerging Model of Pregnancy Care: The Introduction of New Technologies in Maternal Wellbeing
A type of meditative technique that emphasizes an observant and nonreactive stance toward one’s thoughts, emotions and body states. It involves purposeful attention to daily activities (e.g., mindfulness of eating).
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From Pixels to Picture: A Framework for Mindful Teaching
A practice of presence to one's thoughts and sensations, paying attention to the moment at-hand.
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