Why Take A Mindfulness Course . A classic definition of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn , Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” What does that mean? It’s a form of mind training and that’s why it’s gained popularity in a wide variety of places, even being embraced by organisations such as Google, Nike and Apple, as well as in education and in the health sector. It’s practised mainly through consciously focusing our attention on a particular object, such as breath, body, sounds, movement or thoughts, and by bringing attention to the coming and going of thoughts to bring us into the present. Why would that help us? Well our modern world and our day-to day-lives, can be stressful. Ongoing stress leads to ruminating thoughts and a scattered mind. It makes us less focused, thus the opposite of mindfulness is, mindlessness or forgetfulness, wandering attention, or constantly being on autopilot and not present. A Harvard study found people’s minds wander an average of 47% of the time and that an unfocused wandering mind, is an unhappy mind, it leads to more runination and is not good for our general wellbeing. When we learn to focus the mind it changes our overall emotional health for the better. We know that we can’t change the stress you have on the outdside, but with prctice we can help you learn to manage what’s going on in your inside and therfore you learn different ways to manage your difficult thoughts and emotions. Our courses teach you that mindfulness can be both formal and informal and practiced with anything. We work with a range of practices to increase your muscle of attention to help you manage the mind wandering habit, so that you can enjoy life more fully and with less stress.
The ever-present workplace challenges like dealing with demanding customers, collaborating under high pressure, and managing scarce resources often lead to work-related stress. This can result in higher rates of staff turnover and absenteeism. An increasing number of companies recognizes the benefits of mindfulness for their employees productiveness, resilience and well-being. Many employers are more aware of their responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their staff, and are keen to provide training in practices such as mindfulness, which are excellent for reducing stress as well as increasing overall wellbeing. Mindfulness has the added benefits of making it easier to focus and concentrate on the task at hand, as well as improving self-awareness and emotional-intelligence and therefore communication and relationships with fellow colleagues is improved. Benefits of Mindfulness at work .
We run several courses which are all built on the classic Mindful Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR), they were initially developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. We are able to customize our training to suit your needs and can offer a variety of experiences such as short taster sessions, or longer tasters for staff development days or our 4 week introduction course, (MBIC) and the 8-week MBSR. We can deliver our MBIC over 2 half days and many people use them as part of their CPD. See our video link for feedback . All our courses contain guided mindfulness practices that are tailored to your work or education environment. They are structured, focused and practical, with participants being supported in their learning through skilled instruction, mindfulness practices, guided reflection and course handbooks. We came to you to provide in-house courses for your organisations. We are flexible in our approach to mindfulness at the workplace, and we are happy to discuss creative solutions for a course that is tailored to your needs. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and to otain a quote Jayne