THRIVING

 

By conquering your mind, you can conquer the world. The mind is given to you to serve you, not to control you. You breathe 22,000 times every day. How many are you really aware of?

The mind is  powerful. It determines actions, not just what you do, how you interpret what you do. The mind determines how you make decisions, what you chose to remember, and how you plan for the future. Your mind is responsible for all of your experiences, positive, negative, pain and pleasure.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”

The space between reacting and responding: being in the gap exponentially grows through regular meditation. Committing to daily  a restorative meditation practice  transform stress into strength of mind and body. experience emotional balance.

Why bring Mindfulness Leadership into the workplace and what are the benefits to business productivity? Implementing a mindfulness training program into the workplace has been road-tested with long-term positive outcomes by Aetna, Apple, Google, Amazon, Nike, Saatchi etc are well known for their mindfulness community-at-work ethos with designated quiet-zones to practice mindfulness, meditate, and have a session with an onsite holistic practitioner.

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness as a way of life means paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind/body/soul and in our external environment. A real-world guide to mind/ body balance, inner healing and self-discovery.

Helping create a life of inner peace, balance and clarity. The aim of Mindfulness is to build awareness and inspire change. The intention is to develop our capacity to learn how to live life with greater resilience, compassion and happiness.

It is possible live a life without stress, anxiety, worry and fear. Mindfulness educates us in how to master our emotions to create a more fulfilling life. Mindfulness cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day living.

This ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of the mind. It includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. The term mindful is to be intentional in what we think and feel. Spontaneously open. Creative to unfolding opportunities possibilities.

The most common reason for work dissatisfaction is power struggles —feeling unappreciated, depleted of energy, identity insecurity outside of the workplace, endless rumination, and tunnel vision stuck-ness.

Addressing mental health issues in the workplace is vital. Knowing what type of intervention to engage in is of paramount importance. The escalating expense and legal complications of replacing higher-revenue generating employees is daunting.

A glance at the loss in productivity statistics: • £9billion and climbing a year due to stress, addiction, depression, and anxiety related health problems. • 14-20million working days are lost each year from mental and or addiction healthcare issues. • 60% of workplace deaths are linked to addiction • 40% of accidents are linked to addiction • £30,614 is the average cost to recruit a single staff member, according to Oxford Economics.

There is also lost productivity from those around the person with the substance-abuse problem: for example, 14% of employees in one survey said they had to re-do work due to a co-worker’s active addiction. We now have conclusive neuro-scientific evidence that validates the ancient wisdom that is mindfulness moreover about the importance of renewal and regeneration if we are going to be our most productive, creative, and healthiest. Teaching professionals centuries old mindfulness disciplines fosters a resilient workforce and healthy, happier work environment.

People learn how to self-regulate which improves the quality of their communications, interactions, and relationships, in addition to building trust, they become more than willing to be empathic and compassionate. By learning to pay attention more to our thoughts, feelings and experiences at work, we allow ourselves to connect more fully to each moment. How stress hijacks the brain: Mindfulness stress reduction is experienced in the prefrontal cortex.

The complex circuitry system responsible for conscious thinking and planning decreases, when stressed, while activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus, and anterior cingulate cortex regions that quickly activates the bodies stress response increases. Studies have suggested that mindfulness reverses these patterns during stress; it increases prefrontal activity, which can regulate and turn down amplified stress responses. By reducing individuals’ experiences and impact of long-term stress, mindfulness may help regulate the physical stress response and ultimately reduce the risk and severity of stress-related diseases.

The most common reason for work dissatisfaction is burnout—feeling unappreciated, depleted of energy, loss of an identity outside of our job titles/description, ruminating, and tunnel vision stuck-ness. The aim of Mindfulness is to build awareness and inspire change. The intention is to develop our capacity to learn how to live life with greater resilience, compassion and happiness. It is possible live a life without stress, anxiety, worry and fear.

Mindfulness educates us in how to master our emotions to create a more fulfilling life. Mindfulness cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day living. This ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of the mind. It includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. The term mindful is to be intentional in what we think and feel. Spontaneously open. Creative to unfolding opportunities possibilities.

Mindfulness is being authentic. Conditioned mind tells us untruths. Peeling away the layers of conditioned thinking is mindfully to engage in life with authenticity and autonomy. Insights gained through the practice of Mindfulness are restorative and affirming. A typical introduction to the art of mindfulness meditation practice begins with awareness of the breath/breathing. This can be done standing, sitting or lying down.

The intention is to interrupt our mental disconnection from reality when we are projecting into the future or ruminating on the past. As thoughts continue to come and go the intention is to raise awareness of the physical sensations taking place during the process and not attaching any meaning to passing thoughts. Mindfulness practice evolves over time into including a body-scan, mantra, a mudra and restorative yoga postures.

Mindfulness taps into the constant dynamic interplay between our interior and exterior worlds. A cause and effect relationship that ripples through our essential being. Mindfulness holistic therapies have a unique role to play in addressing addiction and mental health challenges when there is a greater focus on early interventions and relapse prevention.

Mindfulness stress-management is proving to be one of the most promising wellbeing/mental health strategies, and is non-stigmatizing. Awareness of self is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment. Cultivating a mindfulness meditation practice provides a “safe place’ and a personal sense of fulfilment when challenges arise. Managing time is a benefit of mindfulness training. Learning the value in being able to “switch-off” slows down the brain’s autopilot set point. Just as we neuro-biologically hard-wired to connect, conditioned mind becomes “stuck” in reactionary life position.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

This study and many others from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing. There are many ways to cultivate the efficacy of mindfulness through repetition and regular practice until it becomes a natural everyday occurrence. Being in a mindfulness community in the immediacy of daily life is the hallmark of wellbeing.