I’m about six months in to my practice of taking 20 minutes in the morning and evening to meditate. I’m loving it, and can’t imagine stopping. The _act_ of meditating is incredibly enjoyable, and its benefits were immediately apparent. I’m calmer, better equipped to handle stress, and I laugh a lot more.
That being said, I find that while I’m getting better at being mindful of my motivations and feelings during my non-working life, I’m still acting from instinct during the day.
My instincts are generally pretty good, having been honed on the brutal wheel experience. But instincts are _reactive_ – that is, they don’t anticipate new or better methods of dealing with a given situation. Instincts can only repeat an existing behavior. So by relying on instinct, one is “doomed” to a cycle of trial and error.
Now if I could bring a mindful approach to my working day, I imagine I’d be able to slow down my reactive responses enough to more clearly assess the situation. What am I thinking? What am I feeling? What is my motivation? What is my desired outcome?
I’m discovering that the more over committed I am, the more difficulty I have being conscious of my moment to moment decision making. I’m making an effort to reduce the number of commitments I have by
* reducing the number of times I say yes
* keeping my inbox clean (thanks to “Merlin”:http://www.43folders.com)
* trusting my partners and colleagues (this is hard!)
* outsourcing work I like to do (this is really hard too!)
Trying to do all of this in the context of a busy busy business is both challenging and vital. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.