Another method I frequently work with and blend into my consulting is what I would like to call mindful inquiry. Mindful inquiry is our capacity to be fully present with our experience from moment-to-moment without judgement, while holding a question or reflection, and allowing answers and insights to emerge and unfold.
Both for individual growth as well as for organizational change and innovation this capacity appears to be a powerful ally. It is a way to tap into more imaginative and innovative capacities beyond our rational mind, while not abandoning but creatively working with it. It is also a way to connect with more intuitive capacities that may generate new levels of insights and understanding. Introduced into group processes it tends to open up more reflective, authentic, and intimate experiences among team members and colleagues.
A wealth of new research studies have explored the age-old practice of mindfulness. On the basis of these studies is is concluded that mindfulness is associated with an impressive range of benefits, including stress reduction; increased focus; reduced rumination and emotional reactivity; enhanced cognitive flexibility; increased relationship satisfaction; enhanced self-insight, morality, intuition and fear modulation; as well as numerous health benefits, including increased immune functioning, and an over-all improvement to well-being.
I’ve been trained in the practice of mindful inquiry through two decades of study of the work and teachings of A.H. Almaas, mindfulness meditation, the tradition of yoga, and a dedicated personal journalling practice, among others.