IT TAKES JUST TEN MINUTES a day train your mind – you will feel more awake, more alive and more creative. Using these carefully researched exercises you can increase your attention span, realise your potential and use your mind to its full capacity. Yes, just ten…short … minutes.
Nearly half of our waking hours are spent thinking about something other than what we are doing. We are only aware of a tiny fraction of what we are thinking, feeling and sensing – so we’re barely conscious of how and why we behave the way we do. This book sets out to help you get your mind out of automatic more often.
The human mind is an extraordinary thing. It determines the way we experience and respond to whatever life throws at us. Yet most of us live as though we have no control over our minds. This is simply not true. If we want to change our lives in any way, the most effective way to do that is to change the way our mind is shaped – the way in which we interpret and respond to everyday events as well as to our own thoughts and feelings.
Mind Time contains simple, clear exercises that take only ten minutes per day and our research tells us that if you do these exercises, your life will change. The exercises build three core capacities – curiosity, self-awareness and acceptance. If you do them, and build these capacities, you will become less reactive and more responsive. This will lead to positive benefits in several key areas: your relationships, your ability to deal with unexpected events and your capacity to stay purposeful and to see your life as a matter of choices rather than seemingly impossible challenges.
Just set aside ten minutes each day to engage in a few simple practices, then after a short while you will start to see a transformation for the better. That’s our promise to you. Isn’t it time we learned to shape our minds – not be shaped by them?
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About the Author
Michael is one of the pioneers of mindfulness teaching and research in Europe. He is the author of the agenda-setting The Mindful Workplace and Mindfulness in Eight Weeks. Based on his 40 years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines, Michael now shares his insights and research with audiences worldwide as a keynote speaker, coach, consultant, and teacher. Michael is founder and CEO of Mindfulness Works and a Professor of Practice at Ashridge Business School.
Megan is Associate Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Business School where she speaks, researches, and consults on the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness. She has presented her research to audiences throughout the world and is the author of Dialogue in Organizations.
Table of Contents
Chopter 1 Why AIM? 7
Chapter 2 Learning to AIM 30
Chapter 3 AIM for Better Relationships 53
Chapter 4 AIM for Happiness 74
Chapter 5 AIM for Effective Work 98
Chapter 6 AIM for Better Health 120
Chapter 7 AIM for Better Work-Life Balance 143
Chapter 8 AIMing When Times Are Tough 169
The Beginning 185
About Our Research 187
About the Authors 190
Further Resources 197