The ability to stop and simply observe the flow of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations is usually called mindfulness. It is a very powerful way to develop awareness. It has many other spinoff benefits, such as increased motivation, empathy, and resilience, along with lower levels of stress and increased creativity and energy. In fact, many large organizations, including Google, Sony, Carlsberg, GE Healthcare, the US Army, and the British National Health Service, teach some kind of mindfulness practice to many of their staff. To experience why this is important, try the short exercise below.