Mindfulness – The Chinese character 念 is composed of two parts, the top 今 meaning “now; this” and bottom 心 signifying “heart; mind.”
“Mindfulness is the quality and power of mind that is aware of what’s happening — without judgment and without interference. It is like a mirror that simply reflects whatever comes before it.
It serves us in the humblest ways, keeping us connected to brushing our teeth or having a cup of tea. It keeps us connected to the people around us, so that we’re not simply rushing by them in the busyness of our lives.
We can start the practice of mindfulness meditation with the simple observation and feeling of each breath. Breathing in, we know we’re breathing in; breathing out, we know we’re breathing out.
It’s very simple, although not easy. After just a few breaths, we hop on trains of association, getting lost in plans…
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The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment — external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us — is actually not who we are. Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being.
Reginald Ray, Busyness is laziness
“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.” ~Helmut Schmidt
I was talking with a small business owner recently about the continual need for change in your business. She asked me “What if your business is doing things that have been very successful with your products, and customers should you still look for ways to change?”
There is something to be said when you find what works and continue to duplicate it producing the same successful result, that you should not to mess with it. A good example of that would be customer service. If you have happy, satisfied customers you must be doing something right, understand what that is and continue it.
With that being said, it doesn’t mean that you cannot try to improve on what you are doing. A great way to do this is to ask your customers what they might like, since…
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