Why mindfulness
in the workplace

You’ve probably heard about mindfulness or compassion in the workplace but you may be surprised to learn just how many businesses associate positive outcomes, to the mindfulness discipline being implemented at businesses all over the world.

From innovative technology enterprises like Google and Apple, to NFL teams like the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, to NBA Coach Phil Jackson and NBA teams like the New York Knicks. All of them recognize that incorporating mindfulness training is a key element that contributes to their success and organizational culture.

Even successful CEO’s like Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post and Mark Bertolini of Aetna utilized mindfulness to overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, and have since brought mindfulness to their employees; increasing job-satisfaction and profitability for all.

The Mindfulness Attitudes

Often people come to our Mindfulness training with pre-set goals they want to achieve by practising and often expect to become “mindful” – if they do exercises and techniques correctly if they meditate, do the homework regularly, read the appropriate literature…
All Mindfulness Attitudes

What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a very powerful practice of training our attention. By training our attention with the help of Mindfulness, we learn how to be present in the here and now. By focusing on internal and external experiences without judgment, accepting those experiences without trying to change, suppress, or stop them. This practice is powerful because it helps us learn how to stop in our excessive thoughts, worries, thoughts about the past, the future and everything that distracts us from our immediate experience in the present and causes stress and unpleasant feelings in us.

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Want to know more?

We created a starter kit where we you can find all the answers on your questions. What is Mindfulness or Compassion, how can it benefit your team, where to start… and much more!

How do we exercise our conscious attention?

By focusing on our breathing, body, sounds through formal mindfulness meditations, but also informal exercises that can be practised through almost all daily activities, e.g. eating, walking, showering…

Many of these activities we perform mechanically, e.g. while we eat we look at the phone completely unaware of how we eat, chew, what the food tastes and smells like, we are rarely really present in different experiences.

So the way we practice Mindfulness is continuous and comprehensive, not only through formal meditation exercises but also through various “simple” activities in which we can practice our conscious attention and presence. Over time, Mindfulness becomes a way of living.

Pillars of Mindfulness

Attention and Concentration

Through the exercises of conscious attention and perception, Mindfulness improves attention, concentration and memory.

Accepting emotions

Through Mindfulness practise we learn to recognise and accept our emotions – pleasant and unpleasant.

Reducing stress

By dealing with our impulsive reactions, unpleasant thoughts and feelings, we learn to react more calmly to various challenging situations.

Compassion and self-care

In Mindfulness practice, it is very important to practice self-compassion, gratitude and empathy in relationships with others.

Research-based

In the last thirty years, numerous empirical studies in the field of psychology, neurology and medicine have confirmed the benefits of regular exercise of our conscious attention. Scientific research has proven that the practice of mindfulness in everyday life brings the following results:

  • increased attention and memory
  • reduction of hyperactive and impulsive behaviour
  • increased ability to “self-calming”
  • development of social skills
  • development of compassion and care for others
  • reduction of anxiety and depression
  • increased feeling of calm and relaxation
  • increased self-esteem
  • improvement of sleep quality

Where to start?

We understand that you have uncertainties and questions about how to implement Mindfulness-based approaches in your workplace. This is why we offer a free video consultation with one of our founders André van Kempen.

The one who brought mindfulness to the west is Professor Dr. Emeritus John Kabat Zin, who created an eight-week program called the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) in the late 1970s, which proved particularly successful in the areas of stress reduction and anxiety. Over time, Mindfulness has gained increasing importance in the fields of medicine, psychology and education, with the aim of application in the field of increasing attention and improving mental health, and today the participants in Mindfulness training are people of various needs.

You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

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