In the time of financial crises and stuff reduction, when uncertainty and stress bring about obscuration to our motivation, effectiveness and productivity, are methods such as ‘Mindfulness’ highly sought for it skillful means, which effectively deal with many challenges.
Mindfulness training aims at refining our attention and awareness, enabling us to stay focused even in situations of outer or inner turmoil, to observe the interplay of the multitude of influences that shape a given situation and to gain the inner space that allows making the most beneficial decisions.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
is understood as an inner mental state, characterized by acknowledging and accepting the present moment without getting caught up in habitual or emotional reactions.
Our Mindfulness workshops will introduce participants to the underlying ideas and principles of mindfulness training, which aims at fostering a mindful way of living, counteracting stress and supporting well-being. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on mindfulness and mindlessness in daily life and will participate in practical exercises. The aim of these workshops is to spark an interest in the positive effects of mindfulness and support participants in developing a more mindful way of life.
How much are our days consumed, eaten up in the press of what needs doing? How much do we lose of ourselves in the process of wandering in the past or in the future, rather than being fully aware of that, which is right here and now?
Being fully in the moment brings about a truly enriching and liberating experience. In fact, such experience is accessible to us, twenty-four hours a day. All we need to learn is to gain control over habitual patterns of our mind, which constantly drive us away from such experience. This perpetually present invitation to wake up to ourselves and to life is the challenge and the gift of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is not something apart form our self or our life. It is the way we perceive the world, the way we walk, communicate, enjoy a movie, work, or the way we deal with a challenge. It is never far it is right within this very experience, within each and every moment of our own. In this process, we bring all of life’s possibilities, its beauty, joy, and its strength back to ourselves by training the mind to be fully aware of each and every moment.
History of Mindfulness MBSR
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) over a ten year period at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He (1990:11) defines the essence of MBSR: “This “work” involves above all the regular, disciplined practice of moment-to-moment awareness or mindfulness, the complete “owning” of each moment of your experience, good or bad.” Kabat-Zinn explains the universality of MBSR.
MBSR has clinically proven beneficial for people with depression and anxiety disorders. This mindfulness-based psychotherapy is practiced as a form of complementary medicine in over 200 hospitals, and is currently the focus of numerous research studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.Mindfulness techniques are now widely available in the Western world. Health care insurers sometimes refund the cost of training. Mindfulness is also taught in a derivative form such as attention or awareness training. Mindfulness is studied and taught at hundreds of institutions worldwide.
Mindfulness at Workplace
In the U. S. business world, interest in mindfulness is rising dramatically. This shows in the popular business press, including books such as Awake at Work (Carroll, 2004) and Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion. The website the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (University of Massachusetts Medical School) and Carroll’s (2007) book, The Mindful Leader, mention many companies that have provided training programs in mindfulness. These include Fortune 500 companies (such as Raytheon, Proctor & Gamble, Monsanto, General Mills, and Comcast) and others (such as BASF Bioresearch, Bose, New Balance, Unilever, and Nortel Networks). Executives who “meditate and consider such a practice beneficial to running a corporation” have included the chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford, Jr.; a managing partner of McKinsey & Co., Michael Rennie; and Aetna International’s former chairman, Michael Stephen. A professional development program–“Mindfulness at Monsanto” was started at Monsanto corporation by its CEO, Robert Shapiro. Another corporation [Sounds True, an audio recordings corporation]has mindfulness as a core value.
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