Human resource under evolutionary pressure
The topic of digitization employs many people, who in turn work with things and digitize them. This wave of optimization raises many questions and fears. Humans - today often referred to as "human resources" - are under some evolutionary pressure in this development. He needs to evolve to keep up.
In the Anglo-Saxon guise, mindfulness is gradually making the rounds in the media as “mindfulness” and could be this answer. Even magazines like that Spiegel reported on practices, approaches and easily digestible backgrounds of this topic. The topic seems complex and often esoterically charged. Here follows an attempt to explain in the form of a personal report from a “rational” manager of the so-called Generation X.
I know that I know nothing
The topic of mindfulness seems to be very broad at first glance and if you ask Google or the "YouTube University" on the subject, of course, you get back an incredible amount of information and as with many research in hitherto unknown territory you might even less informed than before.
Now you know in a nutshell, what you do not know everything and could research. Even more difficult is the bridge to the economy and the economy of this topic. Here comes a subjective attempt at clarification on one's own path of experience and inspired by the daily practice of mindfulness in the business world.
Presence inside and outward at the same time
For me personally, mindfulness encompasses not only the outside, but also the inside of the human being in the context of the environment. Little things stand out, micro-expressions of the other person no longer go unnoticed, inner motive forces become clear. The interaction of the external influences with the internal drivers is often noticeable. Suddenly the environment gives you significantly more strength, peace and balance, as you perceive a lot more of nature - all at once.
Mindfulness can not be mastered from my personal experience in most cases, unfortunately overnight. Even the actual understanding, at a level lower than the intellectual, takes time. It's a process that begins with the proper handling of the miracle weapon concentration for me. Previously, if I could focus only on doing a singular activity for a while (and only if the task was halfway interesting to me), today I am able to precisely sense and use moods, behaviors, and my own flow. The benefits to business life are easy to deduce from this.
Mindfulness for improved concentration
The skillset is significantly upgraded and not only enables a much better task management, but also empowers to completely new areas of responsibility. Seeing more, feeling more and feeling more is very precious, especially if it is not at the expense of concentration. The concentration seems to be almost infinitely stretchable when needed.
Where previously a task demanded all the strength, today there is a level of concentration, which allows simultaneous perception of several interlocutors and the topic itself.
Mindfulness: This is how information processing works
According to some new research findings, with our 5 senses we consciously perceive about 120 bits of information. This corresponds approximately to the attentive listening of our interlocutor and the simultaneous enjoyment of a dish. So when we are with a person in the restaurant, our conscious perception is as good as it is when we really consciously enjoy the food and listen carefully. Everything else around us is perceived only unconsciously at such a moment. This perception moves directly into our subconscious. This has an almost infinite range of perception. Everything around us is permanently logged and saved. That's real big data.
Through concentration and thus increased awareness, we become more aware of the limits of our own consciousness and become more attentive to what we are focusing on. The degree of concentration may even remain the same, only our use of it increases felt. Mindfulness then makes us wonder if the Impuls now comes from the conscious, or unconscious and possibly programmed. We gain greater control over our own actions and thinking with the corresponding consequences for our everyday lives and business. This realization and experience were for me big steps towards personal freedom and sovereignty.
Meditation, my way to mindfulness
The big question for such articles is with me personally always the "how". The answer for me is clearly the meditative practice. Guided meditation is often suitable for entry. It's worth trying out some apps. YouTube is also a rich source here. In a further step, I recommend trying it out.
There are many more methods than just sitting in silence (with or without instructions). If you believe the ancient scriptures, there are at least 120 different directions of meditation with appropriate modifications. Since we humans differ in certain degrees, there are also better and worse tolerances, for example with drugs. By tasting, one arrives at the appropriate method for one's own being. This is then the "turbo" for personal growth over concentration and awareness of true and sustainable mindfulness much faster. A true attentiveness gained through meditation can then no longer be "lost" if one does not "stay tuned".
Mindfulness helps to perfect man
Just as digitization can perfect things, we are able to perfect ourselves as human beings. Many great thinkers in human history considered this our right to exist. Of course everyone has to answer this question for themselves, but just as digitization is inexorably progressing, just as human beings develop their senses and human abilities, humans can meaningfully occupy their place in the world to come.
In the medium term, repetitive tasks and routines will migrate to the field of automation, regardless of how complex we may consider them to be. In my opinion, mindfulness is an evolution of modern humans. It is the logical adaptation to an environment that will soon organize itself. Through intuition, empathy and creativity we can bring in our creative nature and live up to it. This can create added value for society and ourselves. At the same time, the fear of the future is partly dissipating, as the realization that we have skills that move us outside of the competition to AI is emerging.
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