Mindfulness is about being aware of our mental and emotional processes and managing them to become more fully present, unhindered by habits and attitudes from the past and anxieties about the future. When we are mindful we are able to observe our minds in an objective and non-judgmental way. Mindfulness meditation is a process for accomplishing that goal. The result is a clarity of one’s own awareness and attitudes that can then be used to check and modify destructive thoughts and feelings.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
Mahatma Gandhi , 20th Century CE
Mindfulness training is increasingly recognised as highly effective in improving the well-being that is essential to effective performance and productivity in the workplace. Some of the world’s leading companies, recognising the need for a fresh approach to organisational development, are investing in mindfulness training for their employees, including Google, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, London Transport, Apple Computers & Yahoo.
The Background to Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation has been used for over 2500 years as a practice to develop the self and investigate our true nature without relying on any external support system. It spread from India to south and south east Asia; north across Himalayas to East Asia -China, Japan, Tibet and then in the 1960’s arrived in the west. Meditation came to the attention of western scholars of mind and consciousness who developed it largely as a therapy. It was first introduced to support a variety of health and wellbeing initiatives, and is now being widely viewed as essential skills for living.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
The Buddha, 6th C. BCE
Worldwide research now informs us of the immense benefits of mindfulness practice. Incorporating 10 – 25 minutes daily meditation and utilising the skills of mindfulness will bring many personal and professional benefits.
Benefits to the individual:
- Reduces stress & helps cope with pressure
- Helps with anxiety
- Helps with numerous disorders
- Helps with relationship issues
- Enhances overall sense of well being
- Increases focus & concentration, including the ability to deal with distractions
- Supports creativity and avoiding negative thought patterns
- Help manage emotions
- Increase empathy and communication skills
- Be happier and more content
From the American Institute of Health, University of Massachusetts, and the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University
Benefits in the workplace:
- Reduced costs of staff absenteeism
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved productivity and improved overall staff and business wellbeing
- Reduced staff turnover and associated costs
- Enhanced employer/employee and client relationships
- Reduced health insurance premiums for the business
- A visible and tangible corporate responsibility stance
- Enhanced employee job satisfaction.
As researched by Margaret Chapman “Mindfulness in the Workplace.”
Who is it for?
Our training is for individuals, teams, groups, communities, institutions and organisations – in the workplace and in life. Anyone!
It is for those who understand that the most valued resources in any organisation are the people who are in it. Mindfulness training has historically brought benefits to many individuals but is now increasingly being used by organisations to improve staff and management performance and well-being.
Effects of Training
Developing and supporting:
- Communication Skills
- Ethical conduct
- Life balance
- Stress management
- self esteem
- self awareness
- stress & burn-out
- staff turnover
- Create a positive work culture
- Improve ethical work approach
- Increase morale and motivation
- Reduce absenteeism
- Reduce stress
- Increase creativity and concentration
- Increase efficiency and productivity
- Develop leadership skills