More about Mindfulness

 
 

Mindfulness, The Science, The Research

Mindfulness Initiative:  Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

The Mindful Leader: Research Findings. Developing the capacity for resilience and collaboration in complex times through mindfulness practice. Megan Reitz, Michael Chaskalson, Sharon Olivier, Lee Waller, Ashridge Business School

Mindfulness in Parliament the All Party Parliamentary Group report

Mental Health organisation 

Full catastrophe living Jon Kabbat Zinn

The only way we have of influencing the future is to own the present, however we find it. If we inhabit this moment with full awareness, the next moment will be very different because of our very presence in this one. Then we just might find imaginative ways to fully live the life that is actually ours to live.

Can we experience joy and satisfaction as well as suffering?

What about being more at home in our skin within the maelstrom?

What about tasting ease of wellbeing, even genuine happiness? This is what is at stake here. This is the gift of the present moment, held in awareness, non-judgementally, with a little kindness.

What is mindfulness?

  • Recognise, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions.

  • Respond more effectively to complex or difficult situations.

  • See situations more clearly

  • Become more creative

  • Achieve balance and resilience at work and at home

Mindfulness technique offers permission to change from doing, to being in the moment. Providing focus.

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realise” Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness Benefits

 

In organisations

Organisations today face the challenges of four generations working in harmony. The Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials.  For the first time these four generations will have to find common ground to ensure productivity, companies will need to develop successful strategies to engage these disparate needs.

Mindfulness programmes offer an opportunity to reduce the levels of stress, taking into account the moment by moment approach to living.  Each of the four groups will have their own attitudes to work, life and the future. Introducing mindfulness will not only provide individuals the opportunity to discover this state of harmony but to have common ground to share, creating a sense of team across the generation.

Results

suggest Mindfulness practice is an effective strategy for building resilience, improving employee adaptability to stress at work thus increasing employee value. Introducing Mindfulness into organisations provides an opportunity to develop positive individual behaviour change in the workplace with significant benefits being derived through improved health and wellness, reducing lost days through sickness.

Depression, anxiety and stress are the cause of 13 million lost working days per year in the UK, one in six of us has a mental health problem at any one time. The NHS & NICE recommend mindfulness-based therapies to help people avoid repeated bouts of depression. Companies engaged in Mindfulness programmes are reporting significant reduction in absences.

Engaging Mindfulness in the workplace can spread the underlying well being across an organisation. Workshops, regular sessions as well as a full mindfulness programme can be delivered in a variety of ways to suit organisational needs.