Are you facing another “crazy busy” day? What if you could hit the “pause” button on your day, step back, and meet your challenges with a sense of space and clear focus? And what if you had a way of not just “getting things done,” but ensuring that what does get done connects with your core values and goals?
Scientific research has shown that mindfulness practices enhance mental fitness and improve performance in every field of endeavour. Leaders and managers who have undergone mindfulness training report that it provides a “transformative experience” that significantly improves their self-awareness, listening, decision-making and overall wellbeing and mental fitness.
This is not a new “management system” to add to the burden of already overworked people. It brings the principles of mindfulness into everyday life by teaching specific skills and practices that address real-world situations.
"The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful." Thomas Merton
Many organisations and managers are struggling to stay balanced and effective in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous nature of today’s environment. The rapid rate of change, information overload and increasing workloads are unlikely to reverse any time soon.
Many are finding it increasingly difficult to juggle competing priorities and demands on their time and equally difficult to unwind and relax or switch off in order to sleep and recuperate. The result is typically self-inflicted attention deficit disorder, chronic stress, lack of focus, reduced mental and physical health, workplace conflict, and even burnout.
This of course leads to lower job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity. Plus covert or even overt resistance to the change that is necessary for the organisation to thrive. Hardly the results anyone wants.
Mindfulness practices free people up to do what they have to do with greater heart, more clarity and an increased sense of spaciousness, stability and resilience.
Mindfulness is a form of mental training that enables one to attend to aspects of experience in a nonjudgmental, nonreactive way, which in turn helps cultivate clear thinking, equanimity, compassion, and open-heartedness.
Neuroscience research is showing that mindfulness practices have profoundly positive impacts on our brain and cognitive function. Through these practices we are actually able to remap our neural pathways, leading to improved attention, focus, learning ability, memory and emotional response. It also creates new neural pathways, with research showing an increased ability to be calm, compassionate aware.
We are also seeing the beginning of rapid growth in the business world of mindfulness training as a highly beneficial strategy for improving wellbeing and performance in individuals. In fact, Harvard Business Review in January 2015 proclaimed:
From Time Magazine to the World Economic Forum, from Silicon Valley to Parliament, from the Military to Harvard, and even into the locker rooms of some of our most successful professional athletes and teams there is a ‘Mindful Revolution’ underway.
Central to mindfulness training is the cultivation of clear, stable, non-judgmental awareness. Such awareness increases the ability to be present, regulate unruly emotions, increase cognitive capacity and respond effectively to the immediate challenges of work and life. One of the first things mindfulness teaches us is that the nature of life is change and that we can learn to embrace constant change, in fact thrive in constant change.
A 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers Report titled “Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace” has estimated the Return On Investment and states that for every dollar spent on introducing an effective action to create a mentally healthy workplace, there is on average $2.30 to be gained by the organisation.
It may be the 90-Minute Taster or 1:1 Coaching or an Introductory Workshop or jumping right into the Five-Week Foundational Program.
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