A few very striking things have been brought to my attention this week. The first is that mindfulness meditation before bed is the perfect way to unwind, forget the troubles of the day and any anticipation of worry ahead. The focus is on the here and now, and this quite literally means bodily sensations like breathing. I’ve learnt that when we practice mindfulness, we accept all thoughts and feelings as they come and go, assigning no judgment to them.
The second is that finding happiness in our everyday work can change everything. The trickiest part is actually identifying the root of unhappiness and being prepared to do something about it. WICT UK VP, Kate Bradshaw writes in her article for LinkedIn Pulse that, ‘Some companies are hiring talented folk just to collaborate and deliver a specific project. That way they get the best people who want to be there. They’re on a contract, but all the better for being hired for what they’re really good at, and for a specific time, and most importantly for what they’re passionate about. This is the passion economy.’ So is the passion economy the way forward? Gwen Moran wrote for Fast Company this week, ‘If there truly aren’t aspects of your job that make you happy, create them’. Or is the solution to instead focus your efforts on finding a way in which you can contribute to what really matters to you?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
In the meantime, here are our Top 5 Reads of The Week including the articles by Kate Bradshaw and Gwen Moran and one on mindfulness meditation.