5 Mindfulness Techniques That Will Improve Your Relationships and Make You a Better Leader

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With some careful observation, Francis realized that comments he intended as humorous were making others a little uncomfortable. “They felt guarded and didn’t want to say anything that would open them to being ridiculed,” he explained. “I started paying attention to the words I used and to my demeanor. I tried to be more loving, kind, and respectful. When I’m around people, I try to pay attention to what’s happening with them. When you learn to put people at ease, especially in the workplace, you create more harmony and better communication.”

5. Writing meditation

Francis’s final workplace technique is what he calls writing meditation. While some meditation experts recommend journal writing as a mindfulness technique, Francis takes a different approach. He invites students to simply write out the words of a meditation or affirmation by hand for 10 to 15 minutes a day. (If you want to give it a try, you can download the text here.) That’s all you have to do, he says. “The words imprint themselves on your subconscious, so that literally after a few days you find yourself behaving differently without any conscious effort. What it does is change our attitude and our feelings about people in general. If we see the world in terms of people who are out to get us, and we need to get them before they get us, this will change our attitude.”

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