Mindfulness is now becoming more mainstream as people look for ways to deal with their increasingly hectic everyday lives. Simply stated, mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something and is usually achieved by focusing on the present moment. Meditation is one way to achieve mindfulness as it helps people become more in synch with their feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Matt Tenney is an international speaker, corporate trainer and author who has been teaching mindfulness since 2002. He has partnered with Tim Gard, PhD, a neuroscientist, speaker and a mindfulness trainer, to co-write a new book on the subject. “The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule” was just released earlier this month.
Together they write about how mindfulness can enrich everyone’s professional and personal lives. It can build better leadership skills and lead to happier lives by helping people live in the moment. This is called being ‘mindfully self-aware.’ Matt Tenney writes about mindfulness techniques in general while Tim Gard writes the neuroscience behind it all, including the Neuro Notes. It is not necessary to read these Neuro Notes to understand the subject but it’s recommended for anyone interested in the science and research portions. The first part is ‘How Mindfulness Training Rewires the Brain for Leadership Excellence’ and it explains how mindfulness works in the brain through neuroplasticity. The second part is ‘Developing the Ultimate Success Habit’ and it describes the different ways to develop mindfulness. After each chapter there are review questions to help readers focus on what they just read.
“The Mindfulness Edge” by Matt Tenney and Tim Gard, PhD is a powerful reference book for anyone looking to maximize their ‘downtime’ to improve their lives. Anyone can do the methods described while already doing things like brushing their teeth, getting dressed or even walking to their desk or waiting for the coffee to brew. Standout chapters include Chapter 8 ‘The Power of Sitting Still’ and Chapter 13 ‘The Foundations of Wisdom: Physical Training for Character.’ Chapter 13 gives the reader ‘The Foundations of Wisdom’ including integrity, skillful communication, wise consumption, generosity and kindness. Considering the increasingly angry and greedy world that has become the norm it would benefit everyone to sharpen skills like generosity and kindness. As the author states “…how we treat even the most insignificant little flea has a great deal to do with our own happiness because out attitude affects our ability to become and remain mindfully self-aware.” Overall it gives readers the materials needed to improve everything from their business dealings to their emotional and social intelligence. It is highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their lives while keeping an open mind to new ideas and dogmas.
*Disclaimer: A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.