“We now have evidence that engaging in pure mental training can induce changes not just in the function of the brain, but in the brain’s structure itself,” Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Self-awareness – ability to recognize and understand your own emotions Self-regulation – ability to regulate and manage your emotions Social skills – ability to interact well with others Empathy – ability to understand how others are feeling Self motivation – ability to motivate yourself
INVESTMENT IN MINDFULNESS
A Focused Mind is a Productive Mind
Stress is inherent in our workplace. Increasing responsibilities and the use of digital communications create a work day filled with multi-tasking and incessant distractions that decrease our level of performance and satisfaction. This results in the stress response, which can be an effective tool if used for short periods of time. But if this stress response is allowed to continue over a long period of time, we become less effective, overwhelmed, and frustrated. This may lead to anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal upsets and other physical and emotional manifestations of stress, costing employers in days lost, poor retention, and increased medical bills.
This is where mindfulness training can help. A foundational element of mindfulness is to increase the awareness of our wandering mind and train it to maintain focus on an object of our choice. In a workplace filled with distractions, and with minds that have tendencies to wander, this mental ability can benefit individuals and organizations.
My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.” William James, American psychologist
Programs are developed according to your needs. They can be a two-hour introduction, one-on-one, in groups, or over an extended period of time. Topics you can choose from include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness MB-EAT, Foundations of Mindfulness, Art and Science of Mindfulness, Mindful Living Series, Corporate Mindfulness, and Leadership Skills and Development.
These customized corporate, institutional, and work programs combine the latest research on mindfulness as well as information based on emotional intelligence to develop practices and strategies for executives, managers, administration, and staff. These programs cultivate focus, concentration, self-awareness, resilience, creativity, empathy and skillful intra- and interpersonal relationships.
Contact Priscilla Szneke at 401 423-3727 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Neurons that fire together wire together.” Donald Hebb
Compared to a control group, participation in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program resulted in increased grey matter in the left hippocampus, a brain area strongly involved in learning and memory.
Hölzel, B. K, 2011
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) revealed that experienced meditators had a thicker cortex than non-meditators. This was particularly true for brain areas associated with attention, interoception and sensory processing.
Lazar SW, 2005
Recently, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital published a study in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging showing that engaging in a mindfulness meditation program for eight weeks is linked with changes in the memory, empathy, stress and sense of self regions of the brain.
Sara Lazar, PhD, 2011
STRESS MANAGEMENT AND MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
American Management Association Mindfulness Survey
Here are 3 key findings from the study:
About half of respondents’ firms are leveraging mindfulness as a part of their training and/or management practices. That is, 49% of their organizations provide mindfulness-related training or resources to some degree, and about a quarter do so to at least a moderate degree.
Mindfulness practices are seen as beneficial. Among respondents from the organizations that leverage mindfulness practices, about 85% reported that mindfulness training and/or resources are at least somewhat beneficial to their organizations, and nearly two fifths viewed them as “very beneficial.”
Workplace stress is a major problem in today’s organization.Among all the issues explored in the study, the problem of high stress levels ranked highest. Well over half of respondents said their organizations suffered from above-average stress levels, while just 8% reported less-than-average amounts of worker stress.
American Management Association Mindfulness Survey The findings in this report originate from the American Management Association’s Mindfulness Survey, conducted in collaboration with the Business Research Consortium (BRC) in late 2014. BRC provides research expertise to professional firms and vendors. Gathering information from 991 respondents, most of them residing in the United States, the survey asked participants about whether their organizations were using or supporting mindfulness practices and, if so, how this was being done. It also asked a series of questions about the state of their organizations in terms of workforce-related issues such as engagement and stress, as well as leadership issues such as emotional intelligence and decision-making abilities. Learn More