What is mindfulness?
Paying attention on purpose with curiosity. Most of the time, we react out of habit. With mindfulness, we choose what to pay attention to. We also gain new insights by switching our attitudes from judgment to curiosity. Click here for more explanation.
Why would I practice mindfulness?
Why would I want my employees to practice mindfulness?
Because of the financial benefits of making them healthier and happier, which includes more productivity, reduced turnover, increased diversity and inclusion, and greater emotional intelligence.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to do mindfulness?
No. The mindfulness we offer is based on a completely secular approach grounded in and informed by the latest scientific research. Participants can have any religious or spiritual beliefs, or none at all, and everyone can benefit equally from mindfulness.
Does mindfulness involve wearing special clothing or using certain equipment?
No. Wear whatever is comfortable. You can practice in business attire if you'd like. You don't need any equipment, either -- no bells, incense, candles, or anything like that.
Do I have to sit cross-legged on the ground to practice?
Absolutely not. Most of the time, we'll ask you to sit normally in a chair. Occasionally, there will be some easy movements involved, but nothing more strenuous than walking. There's no chanting or anything like that; most of the work you do takes place by focusing your attention on something simple such as your breathing.
Do I have to turn off my thoughts?
No. Practicing mindfulness isn't about stopping your thoughts. It's about learning to relate to your thinking differently. As you practice, you gain more perspective on your own thoughts so you have more choice over what you think about and how you feel.
Isn't there an app for mindfulness?
There are plenty of apps for mindfulness, but using technology to practice mindfulness is like trying to diet by eating donuts; the methods don't match the goals.
Is mindfulness simple to practice?
Yes. It requires either focusing on just one thing, such as your breath, or letting your attention move from one thing to another while maintaining awareness of what you're doing.
Is practicing mindfulness easy?
Yes and no. While mindfulness is a simple concept, it can be difficult to practice. It's like physical exercise; you know you're better off if you do it, but for many of us, we find days and weeks slipping by without working out. Just as having a physical trainer can motivate you and keep you on track, having a mindfulness teacher can ensure you build your "mindfulness muscles" and gain the full benefits.
How long does practice take?
Our classes are usually a 30 minutes long once per week. The recommended practices outside of class take between 5 and 15 minutes each day.
How can I set up my own mindfulness program at work?
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How can I find out more?
CONTACT US. We'd be happy to talk!