Mindfulness at Work copy It can feel quite a difficult task navigating your mindful workplace Being when words like deadlines, unacceptable and crucially important are just a handful of words that you may hear expressed in your work environment.
Mindfulness provides a form of inner calm, emotional intelligence and resilience in all aspects of life with the ability to breathe intentionally and with purpose bringing us all back to each moment. The complexities of work expectations can be viewed more globally with others, or our own unique stressor habits being more freely understood in the moment.
‘You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to ride them’ Jon Kabat-Zinn
These words ring true in life and especially so, when we courageously step into the intense world of employment, at all levels. We need only reflect on the way we have learned to communicate as children, bold, meek, out spoken, quiet, strong or anxious, just to mention a couple. .
We often refer to the lesser qualities as needing to be built up.. Meek = quiet yet effective, for example. However, Mindfulness invites non-judgemental awareness in the present moment. For those that are bold and confident with their opinions? Then perhaps their Mindfulness habits shall extend to non-judgmentally engaging with others with the Beginners Mind, letting go of their own world view and allowing others to be viewed and acknowledged when delivering essential information with kindness and compassion.
The parasympathetic nervous system is a key component to moving more easily into a mind of clarity and calm which is of most use in the workplace. However, we are rarely taught the skills to switch our body into this mindset and bodily activity.
During your corporate Mindfulness moments I will deliver medically-attuned mindfulness habits that are based on: Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and Nancy Bardacke’s Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Program – no need to ask why birthing and parenting compare to the work environment!