& THE MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
Mindfulness is more than a mere catchword, it is an incredibly powerful psychological process that helps with anchoring our consciousness to the here and now in order to circumvent our mind from wandering.
Mindfulness was practiced by the ancient Vedics thousands of years ago and involves the non judgemental awareness of bringing our complete and undivided attention to our internal and external experiences as they arise in the present moment.
There's now a healthy body of research confirming that mindfulness works to assist with a number of mental health concerns ranging from:
HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
There are many ways to practice Mindfulness, with one of the most powerful ways being Meditation. Many people have tried Meditation but have thrown it in the 'too hard basket' because they feel they can't keep their thoughts still.
Mindfulness Meditation however, is a simple technique that allows you to focus on all of your experiences as they're occuring in the present moment (and includes things like your thoughts, observations and emotions).
It involves simply paying attention to whatever you're experiencing in the present moment and bringing your attention back to your breath when ever get distracted or your mind starts wandering.
Mindfulness meditation practice always starts with focussing on your breath and can include a variety on breathing techniques, mental imagery, muscle and body relaxation exercises, attention control on a particular object and mantra repetition.
The most recognised program for mindfulness meditation is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which has been hugely successful in treating stress, pain, insomnia and other mental health concerns.
It's simple to start making mindfulness meditation a part of your daily routine and although a few minutes each day will make a world of difference, it's recommended you practice it for a minimum of 10-15 minutes in the morning and just before you go to bed. By doing so you're strengthening your prefrontal cortex and enhancing your overall mental wellbeing. Get started by following these simple 5 steps:
Mindfulness during routine acts is another simple way you can bring the practice of mindfulness into your everyday life to reap the long list of benefits it offers.
The older we get the more desensitised we become to our environment. We repeat certain acts or behaviours so frequently, that they become habits or routine, which frees up space in the brain. However, because we don't have to consciously think about every detail of these acts, we go into 'autopilot' mode and it's during this period that our mind has the luxury to wander, frequently thinking about things in the past or future, things that we have little to no control over.
Practicing mindfulness during routine acts is simple. Choose a routine act that you perform in the company of yourself each day. It could be getting dressed in the morning, brushing your teeth, having a cup of tea or going for a walk. Then set your intention that you will practice mindfulness from the beginning to the end of this act, which is as simple as the following steps:
THE MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
As you can see, mindfulness can be an effortless and simple process, that when performed each day strengthens your prefrontal cortex, anchoring your consciousness to the here and now, which in turn provides a greater sense of clarity, focus, calmness and perspective.
To gain these and the other long list of benefits that mindfulness has to offer, it is imperative that these and other mindfulness based exercises become habits. A teacher, program or workshop can help in this regard.
TOMI's Mindfulness Workshop uses experiential learning exercises and tools to help make mindfulness practice a habit, so that we can sustain a positive and empowering mindset each and every day.
The Mindfulness Workshop also helps teams to deal with workplace challenges.
The experiential learning mindfulness based tools provided in the workshop enable attendees to successfully operate in that crucial gap between stimulus and response, which gives effect to:
Emotional and Social Intelligence;
Confidence and self-worth;
Teamwork and collaboration; and
Hyper focus and performance optimisation.
If you're curious about how mindfulness can help your workplace and would like some further information on our current Mindfulness Workshop discount package, simply press the 'Let's Talk!' button below:
Tell us a little about you, your team (including the number of people in your team) and we'll promptly come back to you with our proposal, so that you can start using and benefiting from this incredible process today!