By Alvin Codner:
Mindfulness has a bigger impact in this world than most people would even imagine. Mindfulness actually has a major influence on the mind, body, and soul. There are two definitions for mindfulness which are both relevant when it comes to Life Coaching. The first definition from Oxford Dictionaries is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”(Hall, 2013, p. 13) The second definition is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as therapeutic technique.
According to Kabat Zinn (1991), “mindfulness is simply a practical way to be more in touch with the fullness of your being through a systematic process of self-observation, self-inquiry, and mindful action…the overall tenor of mindfulness practice is gentle, appreciative, and nurturing” (Zinn, 1991). So when it comes into the life coaching perspective it is definitely a way of training and transforming the mind. Mindfulness has an impact on the brain because it improves attention, enhances compassions, and improves psychological function of empathy. Mindfulness also has an impact on the body because it improves a lot of psychological conditions, boosts the immune system, and improves medical conditions such as eating disorders and phobias.
If I would have known about mindfulness during my practice of entrepreneurship in the beginning, I would have avoided a lot of mental and bodily stress. I believe with how mindfulness could enhance me emotionally, mentally and physically, I would have succeeded further than I have now and in a faster time frame. If I was a client going into a coaching session I would love the fact a coach used mindfulness in their coaching so I could actually leave with more than I expected.
Hall, L. (2013). Mindful Coaching. Retrieved from
Zinn, K. J. (1991). Full Catastrophe Living. London: Kogan Page Limited.