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Get your head around ‘mindfulness’

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“Mindfulness” is a word that comes up often, yet isn’t universally understood. Russ Fujioka writes at Inc. that he talked with a monk-turned-entrepreneur, who goes by the name “Dandapani,” for guidance on how to embrace it.

Practice concentration. This is largely where mindfulness starts in many instances; but focusing your mind on a task, situation or problem doesn’t just happen by itself. Like anything we do, it requires lots of repetition to get good at it.

Cultivate your will. This goes hand in hand with practice, because there will be times when willpower is what will keep you on task rather than seeking shortcuts.

Awareness. This is the long-game goal of mindfulness, where you’re observant of events and emotions of people around you, and able to respond and react as needed. Don’t expect it to be something that’s downloadable as an app, Dandapani says.

— Adapted from “This Former Monk Explains Why You’re Tackling Mindfulness All Wrong,” Russ Fujioka, Inc.

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