Mindfulness is a time-tested awareness practice that has been used in
medical settings for four decades as an aid for patients
coping with stress and chronic conditions.
Topics covered include:
- Mindfulness—paying attention in an open, non-judgmental way to what we are doing and what is around us in the present moment.
- Mindfulness and physiology—the stress reaction cycle, and how stress affects our brain and our health and how mindfulness helps.
- Mindfulness as it relates to emotional intelligence, effective communication, and work stress.
- Learning and refining one of four mindfulness practices including relaxation exercises, seated meditation and gentle yoga.
- Practical suggestions on incorporating mindfulness throughout the workplace.
Participants are encouraged to bring these practices into all areas of their life.
‘A growing body of research literature is demonstrating conclusively that self-compassion is not only central to mental health, but can be enriched through learning and practice, just like so many other good habits. Therapists have known for a long time that being kind to ourselves isn’t - as is too often believed - a selfish luxury, but the exercise of a gift that makes us happier. Now finally, science is proving the point.’
- Kristen Neff, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology at UT Austin
and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself .
In conjunction with Chris Germer, she’s developed the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which is where Denette did her training to become a teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. To explore this topic further, you may enjoy reading Kristen’s article here, 5 myths of Mindful Self-Compassion ; What Keeps Us from Being Kinder to Ourselves?
The primary obstacle to treating ourselves more kindly is the fact that most of us are addicted to self-criticism. Who among us hasn’t had the experience of learning to be judgmental of ourselves as a teenager, when we’re so worried about how we’re going to appear to others?
- Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the IFS model.
He’s on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Additional articles providing research :
Mindfulness practices have been part of Japan’s culture for centuries. These practices are what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls ‘purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment’s thought to’. They help keep you conscious of where you are and what you are doing throughout the day, rather than stumbling from one hour to the next on autopilot, focused only on going-home time. More>
Considering Mindful Self-Compassion for your workplace? Short article from Strategic Finance Magazine highlights companies from P&G , Medtronic, Google & Apple and why they offer mindfulness workshops. Contact us for more info on our workshop options by filling out the form below or emailing Denette.
TEENS OR YOUNG ADULTS
Making Friends with Yourself
Our ‘Making Friends With Yourself’ workshop addresses these challenges with teens (ages 12 thru 15) and young adults (ages 16 thru 21). We structure age-appropriate activities which they practice within their group and in between classes. These workshops provide participants with tools they can use daily to reduce stress, work through difficult emotions, practice self-kindness and gratitude.
Contact us to inquire about our next ‘Making Friends with Yourself’ workshop.
Clinical trials, as well as extensive experience, show that the practice of mindfulness:
- Dramatically improves our stress management, making us better able to deal with challenges created by workloads, deadlines and interpersonal conflict.
- Creates greater mental clarity and focus, upgrading our capacity for critical thinking and problem solving.
- Enhances our focus on the present moment, thereby promoting greater engagement in the here and now – of particular importance to those operating in high-risk environments.
- Improves awareness of our own thought processes and the emotions they trigger, enabling more effective emotional regulation and resilience.
- Increases our capacity to read other people, enhancing empathy and helping us to understand where they may be coming from
- Unleashes our capacity for innovation and creativity.
- Promotes new possibilities in difficult team or interpersonal relationships by replacing habitual reactions with more considered responses.
- Supports a more panoramic perspective, better able to manage change.
- Enriches our appreciation of the greater meaning and purpose in what we do.
Contact Denette if you'd like to consider increasing your team's focus and awareness. We can discuss your particular requirements and create a plan the decreases stress within your workplace culture.
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