Why Mindfulness Matters

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Why Mindfulness Matters

I thought you’d appreciate this blog I co-authored with one of my IBM colleagues about mindfulness.

IBM Jobs Blog

By Vicki Flaherty and Megan Moyer

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Image: San Agustinillo Mexico Sunset (Photo by Vicki Flaherty)

Everywhere you turn, the word mindfulness seems to show up. At IBM, we have a community of professionals from across the business and around the world leading a mindfulness movement. Some of us are experts with years of training in meditation and other mindfulness practices, and some of us are just starting to practice mindfulness. We’d like to bring you along on our journey.

So, what is mindfulness? Well, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, defines it as “”paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”

“Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and…

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About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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