Mindfulness as Adaptation of Awareness
Awareness is the primary catalyzing power of the Gestalt approach. Mindfulness is a contemporary and accessible adaptation of this awareness concept, which is a challenge to fully embrace because of how far-reaching yet microscopic awareness can be.
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is widely known and memorable: “paying attention . . . on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” There is an appreciative and accepting quality to being in-the-moment and being aware in that moment, without judgment and without pre-scripted responses, that releases us from both the past and the future. We purposefully let go of past and future to live in that moment, to pay attention to what moves, motivates, and inspires us now. And this orientation is what gives us the strength and the energy to move forward.
The idea of purposefulness is valuable to Gestalt coaches and their clients, because what we pay attention to on purpose has the effect of enabling us to see in different ways, and deeper and more compelling ways. So moving and compelling is the act of paying attention—the act of intense awareness—that the great Milan Kundera said that paying attention is an act of love.
Gestalt Coaching Teaches Mindful Leadership
I invite anyone who wants to learn how to pay attention—which invites emotional self-regulation as well as enhancing professional skills—and how to come into greater contact with your own awareness process to contact me or my colleagues at the Gestalt Center for Coaching or at Gestalt Coaching Works. We teach awareness training concepts that promote mindful coaching, leadership, and personal mastery. I have come to believe that what makes our particular Gestalt approach and our teaching workshops and programs so unique is that we continually ask ourselves: “Is our awareness done in a loving way?”
Love may certainly seem like a strange or even alien ingredient to throw into the burgeoning brew of coach training program “requirements” or “credentials,” but I offer this idea to you as something basic and needed, and invite you to evaluate what it provokes.
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I invite you to watch my brief video detailing an experience I had that reminds me always of the power of being attentive and mindful in the moment.