Why mindfulness in the workplace?
A report from the British Psychological Society indicates that one in four workers felt moderately to severely distressed in the past year alone.
The things workers stress over include the burden of a heavy workload, a difficult boss, the concept of change that eats up even more of their day, and worries about losing their jobs.
Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness as “the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment”.
For an employee, it means being fully present in a moment, thinking only of the task at hand, not what is piled up in the in-box or what might appear there in the future. It is the energy of being aware of what is really happening and of refocusing on your work and its purpose.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn notes in the book Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, the habit of ignoring the present moments in favour of those in the future leads to a lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are all embedded.
Mindfulness involves the intentional and non-judgmental focus of our attention on our emotions, sensations and thoughts in the here and now. According to a Pennsylvania State University Study by Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, it provides emotional regulation, decreased reactivity, increased response flexibility, interpersonal benefits and intrapersonal benefits.
Clare can bring a bespoke workshop to suit your companies needs into your workplace.
The British Parliament’s report entitled Mindful Nation UK, published in October 2015, recommends the transformational impact of mindfulness in the workplace. It states “employers should promote the use of mindfulness and develop an understanding of good practice”.
Introduction to Mindfulness Workshops
Led by: Clare Donegan
An introduction to mindfulness in the form of one or two hour, half day or full day sessions for organisations and businesses. These introductory courses are designed to offer a taste of mindfulness-based approaches, through a simple but coherent introduction to mindfulness practice, and how this can be beneficially brought into the workplace, home and all aspects of daily life.
Courses can be tailored on request to the particular needs of a group or organisation. Please note an introductory course or workshop does not replicate the full benefits of the eight week programme.
The 8 Week Course
The aim of the course is to deepen understanding of the way we think, feel and react to stress and to understand and practice mindful responses to stress. To do this you will develop a strong personal foundation of mindfulness practice in your daily life. You will learn new ways of handling challenging thoughts, emotions and life situations by helping you to move towards greater balance, self-care and resilence.
Mindfulness meditation practices, including gentle hatha yoga and walking, will be taught in a supportive group-learning environment. The course is completely secular and no previous meditation experience is required.
The course fee includes a course handbook, in between session support if required, and the opportunity to deepen and integrate learning from the course with an experiential day of practice (silent retreat day).
Mindfulness for Individuals
In addition, Clare can offer individual mindfulness tuition to individuals at companies who may want to have their own one to one session – such as CEO’s, senior directors, partners, employees in high stress roles or anxious employees, who benefit enormously from the calming, sleep-enhancing and brain-boosting effects of mindfulness at work.[/somnus_featured_text]