We are all conscious beings, and to some extent we are aware of our senses and what is happening in the world around us. One of the things that makes us human is that we are aware of being aware, to quote Jon Kabat –Zinn (the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School).
How conscious we actually are is open to debate. If we think of consciousness as a lake, our level of awareness would reflect how much of the surface we can see and to what depth we experience our life .
Consciousness can also be thought of as a spectrum. Most of us live in a small part of that spectrum, unaware of what is really happening around us.
Expanding your consciousness or awareness inevitably means going within to explore your inner world. This journey includes becoming familiar with emotions and feelings as they arise, tuning into the thoughts and feelings of those around you and connecting with the higher intelligence that links us all.
The benefits of being more conscious are that we live our lives with greater compassion, clarity and wisdom. These are the exactly the same qualities that we need in our leaders.
Conscious Leaders have the power to transform organisations by building powerful relationships with those they lead. They invariably create environments where people can:
- enjoy growing & developing
- take responsibility for their lives
- choose to commit their energy.
These are the qualities that businesses and organisations need in their people to overcome the challenges being thrown up by the turmoil in the World. Organisations that practice Conscious Leadership are vibrant, successful and resilient (See Learning Centre for more information).