The Mindfulness Network is a network of certified/ professional mindfulness instructors dedicated to improving the lives of employees and the performance of organizations by introducing mindfulness into the workplace.
A mindful leadership team and workforce can have a significant positive impact in all areas of business performance. We offer training to all levels of employees and executive coaching to leadership teams to improve overall organizational effectiveness.
What is Mindfulness
According to mindfulness expert and MBSR Founder Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. In other words, objectively observing our thoughts, feelings and emotions as they occur in real-time, and how they're affected by external factors.
How can simply "paying attention" improve employee and business performance?
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Modern day mindfulness techniques were derived from the ancient Eastern practice of meditation, originating about 2500 years ago. Mindfulness meditation was used widely for spiritual and intellectual development, to strengthen concentration, unlock human potential, and reach a state of inner peace.
In modern times mindfulness has been investigated scientifically for its psychological and medical benefits. There is a great deal of evidence from large samples of the population indicating that mindfulness techniques successfully reduce many psychological and physical symptoms. Combined, the rapidly growing fields of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence are continually providing greater evidence of the efficacy and effectiveness of mindfulness in many environments, including the business world.
Today many of us lead fast-paced lives balancing multiple responsibilities, including work, family, relationships and the maze of new technology devices; dividing our attention and forcing us into a confusing and challenging mental juggling act. This limits our ability to attend to what is often most important and to fully experience the present moment. We often generate counterproductive thoughts and emotional patterns as a result of our hectic lifestyle.
This is a common cause of anxiety, depression and poor performance or burn-out at work. Chasing a calm, balanced state-of-mind or happiness becomes an uphill battle in a world where time can seem too scarce. We lose touch with the here and now, often resulting in withdrawal from co-workers, friends and family, and the things we enjoy most in life.
Mindfulness at Work
Today more than ever, employees, managers and entire organizations are stretched to their limits; often stressed out or even burnt out, and very seldom working at peak performance or to their full potential.
As evidenced by numerous studies and real-world practice at many Fortune 500 companies, a well-implemented Mindfulness Program can provide the following benefits:
What can you expect in mindfulness classes?
A professional instructor will introduce a group of employees to the concepts and practices of mindfulness in 6 - 8 weekly classes, usually 1-2 hours each. Groups are usually 10-40 employees who have willingly registered, as employees should never be required to attend a mindfulness class.
The instructor will introduce the concepts of mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroplasticity; explaining how the process begins to change behaviors (i.e. how the brain re-wires itself). Each week the instructor will lead the group in mindfulness practice , to cultivate a state of present moment awareness and experience (body, breath, sensations, sounds, emotions and feelings) without the inner judgment or analyzing mind that often takes us into various modes of stress, tension or anxiety.
The instructor will introduce several mindful exercises to incorporate into employees' everyday work and personal lives, including: