“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Such an important approach - “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” A quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. This made me reflect on what are the benefits of a Mindfulness practice could be and in particular within professional relationships. I wanted to share an article in which Dr Martyn Newman discusses the impact of the digital age on relationships, EQ and business, with Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield. The interview was as part of the EQ summit in May 2017.
Baroness Greenfield sees three factors as being the most interesting challenges for the millennials:
Shorter attention span because things are flashed up very quickly;
Harder to have interpersonal skills such as the ones we’re really talking about; time for reflection, so the problems of information versus knowledge and real understanding of something if the premium is on responding immediately
Measures of identity, which I think are very important, which is how you see yourself as well as how you see other people, and that if you’re constantly downloading your thoughts and ideas and seeking and needing feedback, obviously you’re going to be slightly more fragile than if you are, as in previous generations, someone who is very clear about where the boundaries lay between themselves and other people
All of these factors can be positively supported with a Mindfulness practice.
You can read the full article here: https://www.eqsummit.com/whats-critical-skill-21st-century-according-europes-leading-neuroscientist-losing/