Originally published in the Mindfulness Without Border’s March 2018 Newsletter
Spring is almost upon us, and like any new season, with it comes a chance for change and renewal. In order to allow for new beginnings, we purposely need to slow life down to reflect on what we might like to do differently. What changes might you want to see in yourself, your community or the wider world around you? Whether you choose to seed new ideas in the workplace, plant seeds of self-care, or seeds of social change, rest assured that nurturing each seedling with intention and perseverance will allow it to bud, grow and mature into the change you wish to see.
Get Your Innovation Growing
Prepare: Quiet your mind and listen to the ideas within.
Fertilize: Let your ideas incubate. No matter how large or small, nourishing your ideas requires a sustained effort.
Plant: Pay attention to planting each new idea with care and compassion.
Nurture: Tend to your innovation with curiosity, creativity, and diligence.
Harvest: Celebrate the yield with acceptance, knowing that goals and outcomes emerge and flourish at their own pace.
According to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. A simple walk allows you to gain a new perspective. With each footstep along your path, this powerful mindfulness practice anchors your attention back to the present moment.