James Baraz said, “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different, enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” For effective sustainability and success, individuals will always need to be challenging the status quo before a predicament occurs.
In order to grow as individuals, families, teams, organizations, and communities we must constantly be changing and adapting. We need to step out of our comfort zone and discover new and innovative ways to accomplish things. This involves taking risks and learning from our failures. Researchers Eichinger, Lomardo, and Ulrich define “learning agility” as the ability to reflect on experience and then engage in new behaviors based on those reflections. Reflection is a big part of mindfulness and allows us to be open hearted and welcoming of change.
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves, erect.” This quote from Ronald Regan reminds us that our minds and bodies have the ability to accomplish anything we set out to do. The only energy holding you back is yourself. Integrating mindfulness with challenging the status quo can lead to greatness.Challenging the status quo can be approached by the following seven attributes of mindfulness:
- Non-Judging – Be impartial to new ideas and keep in mind that an old process was once someone else’s accomplishment
- Patience – Let the change unfold as needed and be open minded to each moment
- Beginner’s Mind – See possibilities and new concepts as if you were looking at the issue for the first time
- Trust – Have faith in yourself, trust your intuitions, and be open to influence
- Non-Striving – Have no expectations and be observant and reflective of experiences
- Acceptance – Acknowledge the status quo that needs to be changed and why
- Letting Go – Let go of control and be vulnerable
How do you approach challenging the status quo? Do you think mindfulness can help in this process?