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Attending meetings and conferences are essential if you want to become better in your chosen career or profession. It is necessary that you learn how to interact with others, especially those who belong to the same professional field as you are so that you can gain a better understanding of how to do your job well. One of the meaningful events that I attend was the 2016 Baltimore International Meeting For Research.
I can clearly remember how surprised I was when I found out that I have been invited to attend an international meeting. At first, I was hesitant to travel to Baltimore for the said conference. I felt that I was not ready to face other researchers and colleagues whom I believe have better experiences and skills than I do. However, things turned out to be amazing during the said meeting. I gained new friends who helped me to advance my career. At the same time, I also learned new lessons and skills about my usual work.
I am sharing this to everyone to encourage each one of you to take a leap and avoid missing chances. When you are given an opportunity to travel abroad or attend a significant event that has something to do with your profession, then make sure to grab it. Always remember that life is not all about easy decisions but also risky choices. Take note that life is so much better if you learn how to love your job and accept the obligations or responsibilities that come with it.
At the same time, do not forget to be friendly and kind to everyone you meet during the conferences, meetings, and events that you attend. You will be surprised by how great attitude can help you build your career from small to big. You have to trust me with this because attending the 2016 Baltimore International Meeting For Research changed my life. Learn how to connect with the right individuals!
Both experts and laypeople flocked to the 2016 Virginia International Conference on Psychology of Education. Among the many topics and lectures held was one of mindfulness and its importance in our daily lives.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that’s been around for a long time. It’s a form of meditation as well as a way of life. Its roots trace back to Buddhism.
To practice mindfulness meditation, sit down, breathe comfortably, and begin focusing on the present. Worry not about the past or the future. Focus on the now. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling” or “How do I feel right now?” If any thoughts about the past or the future come up, inspect them for a while, but send them on their way after. Return to focusing on the present. As James O’Neill, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, says, “Mindfulness gives us a lens to what is happening NOW, which is the only time you have to take action. Learning to respond skillfully to the present moment can ground us in the midst of the storms of our lives and help us to bounce back with greater resiliency.
In your daily life, you can practice mindfulness by focusing on the actions you’re currently doing. Notice how your mind tends to wander while you’re doing mundane things? It happens, for example, when you’re walking or when you’re doing the dishes.
Why Is Mindfulness Important?
Being mindful is not letting your thoughts wander about, even while you’re doing mundane activities. Doing this can help you reduce stress as well as appreciate the present. There’s an emphasis on focusing on the now. By practicing this, you stop yourself from worrying. The things that happened in the past and whatever will happen in the future no longer bother you as they did before.
According to Dana Anderson, LPC, “Mindfulness is becoming aware of what is occurring within and around us in a particular, non-judgmental way. It is walking into the present moment with full awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and physicality.”
If you practice mindfulness regularly, it can improve your well-being and mental health. This technique maintains your stress levels and helps you appreciate the present more. Given this, your mental health and well-being are sure to improve. You’ll find yourself less anxious and more confident about what you’re doing.“Mindfulness meditation practices are effective interventions, and sometimes for mild to moderate conditions—depression and anxiety—super-effective as front lines,” said Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, adding that they can be used as an adjunctive treatment for patients already on medication.
By bettering your well-being and the state of your mental health, your physical health will also improve. Mindfulness is also known to lower blood pressure, help in treating heart diseases, and reduce chronic pain.
These are only some of the insights from the 2016 Virginia International Conference on Psychology of Education. Hope to see you next time.…