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David Dewulf on mindful@work
Mindfulness and increase work performance
(published in Vacature)
“The effect of Mindfulness is increased attention to the things you are doing”, says Dr. David Dewulf.
“Compare it to a PC. If there are too many programs running on your PC, it does not function very well. The training will help you to turn off superfluous programs, giving you more mental space to think clearly. You will learn to see negative thoughts without concurring with them or attaching emotions to them”, explains Dr. Dewulf.
“You cultivate a certain gentleness towards your own experiences. You allow yourself to ‘be the way you are’ – without constantly having to ‘do’ a whole lot of things. Switching from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ helps prevent stressful feelings from arising.”
The training starts with focusing attention on the breath. People discover just how often the mind wanders. Course participants become more aware of their personal train of thought, as it continuously shifts between the past and the future.
“We are constantly inundated by unconscious streams of information processing”, says Dewulf. “These thought processes can induce stress and fear. They are responsible for negative spirals and lead to depression. If we recognise the unconscious flows of thought, we can let them go. You also learn to see emotions and to relate to them in such a way that they don’t take you down into negative thought spirals.”
When you have properly mastered the basic techniques, then the moment has come to learn to look at situations with an open mind, so as to determine how best to deal with situation from this new perspective. The course participants build up inner confidence and stability to act from the here and now, with the power and wisdom that they now possess. “The clearer insight in the here and now helps people to have an open yet critical mind. People learn to look at the world through a scientific lense.
We become happier when we let go of our worries. Promoting coping behaviour helps people in business to deal with everyday frustrations.” The learned mental skills encourage creativity. Tunnel thinking is reduced. By observing experiences from a distance people can get a better sense of the bigger picture before taking action. As a result they make better decisions. They also take themselves and their own opinions less seriously. After all, opinions are just opinions. By learning to see things more clearly, people discover that there is something to be said from every point of view. This also leads to a more balanced communication with others.”