The foundations of mindfulness are firmly rooted in Buddhist philosophies and practices, and have been for more than 3,000 years. As Dr Travis Kemp FAPS, FAICD put it “mindfulness is a contemporary label for a timeless practice”. ellen langer, an acknowledged pioneer within mindfulness research, highlighted our “inherent mindlessness in common communications and interactions with others”. Put simply, in today’s work environment, people are often distracted (by the latest alert from mobiles, emails or watches). As a result, in interactions, we frequently react automatically, without focus or real thought. It’s no wonder that mindfulness is growing in popularity and importance as a practice to clear the mind of clutter to make a considered response to the person or task at hand.

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