I love my work and in many instances find it tough to distinguish between working and living. Yes, coaching, teaching, training and writing are jobs but also passions, no? Being productive by being still as such could seem an alien idea to someone like me.
Yet I learnt a big lesson when I allowed the idea of being still in order to be productive to warm my heart and indeed my mind.
A phrase from the book Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy triggered the initial spark. The writings of Jack Kornfield added logs to the fire and many meditation sessions at various centres since have fanned the flames of the notion of being productive by being still for me.
By letting thoughts, emotions, and feelings just flow as they are without any attempt to either grasp onto them or push them away for the sake of ’emptying our mind’, a meditation session can become a moment to let things settle within us naturally.
Not always will this be so, but then each session in its own way can provide learning in any case. We are being productive by being still in these moments and, quite likely afterwards too, as we go about interacting again with life, perhaps with a renewed inner sense of clarity and purpose.
Of course we all have our own approach to living our potential and I recognize being productive by being still requires the element of action afterwards to bring into being eventual external benefits obtained from the session.
However you feel about meditation, being productive by being still and the issue of mindfulness, thanks in any case for connecting here today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).