THE IM­POR­TANCE OF MIND­FUL­NESS

Computer Arts - - Special Report -

Whether you suf­fer from men­tal health chal­lenges or not, prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness can help you en­joy your work and life more, be­com­ing more cre­ative and pro­duc­tive. And Lon­don­based de­signer-en­trepreneur Catalin Zorzini, who re­cently launched the free mind­ful­ness app Plum Village (www. plumvil­lage.app), is a keen ad­vo­cate.

“Thanks to ap­ply­ing some ba­sic mind­ful­ness tech­niques, like fo­cus­ing on my breath, which started to re­veal my think­ing pat­terns, I man­aged to un­cover my deep-rooted anx­i­ety and be­come friends with it, as well as learn­ing to pause and rest on pleas­ant feel­ings and emo­tions,” he ex­plains. “It’s a long story and a work in progress, but I am happy to re­port that the sim­ple act of watch­ing your breath can have a tremen­dous im­pact on your life and work.”

It can help to find a phys­i­cal space in which to men­tally re­fo­cus, al­though that’s not al­ways pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially in a big city. “There are times in London when we find it hard just to hear our own thoughts,” says Lee Trott, copy­writer at cre­ative agency OLIVER. “But re­cently, my sister Jade and I dis­cov­ered the Neas­den Tem­ple. It’s the most in­cred­i­ble build­ing in all of London: a stun­ning, bril­liant white Hindu tem­ple.

“Hav­ing such a calm space to clear our thoughts and cen­tre our­selves has done won­ders for our work and our minds. You re­ally can’t put a price on hav­ing a to­tally silent, beau­ti­ful space to find your­self.”

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