Mindfulness at work
Where is the dividing line between who you are at work and who you are at home? Mindfulness at work helps us see the line. The distinction has become blurred with the working at home revolution. Was it really there in the beginning?
The practice of mindfulness is not an escape from life. On the contrary, it is a gateway into the experience of interconnectedness and the interdependence out of which stem emotionally intelligent actions, new ways of being, and ultimately greater happiness, clarity, wisdom and kindness— at work and in the world.
Feeling good in yourself, confident, assured, positive and clear is a real gift. Nature or Nurture? Are we born with our shortcomings and gifts, or do our childhood and environmental influences command them? Or is it a bit of both?
It is the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, discriminate among them and use this information to guide one’s own thinking and actions.
(P Salovey, D Mayer)
Mindfulness training is the self-teaching of conscious awareness in your mind. This is achieved through the concentration and focus of one‘s attention, in the present moment, clearly and singularly, holding the focus at will for as long as desired, without employing the judgmental or critical habits of the conscious mind.
This course presents an overview of key concepts and scientific research underpinning Mindfulness and how this relates to managing stress and health in your everyday life.
The emphasis is on individual Mindfulness practice.
Discussion is interspersed with guided meditations and simple, practical methods to take away and use in everyday interactions in life.
The course structure is one hour each week over six weeks.
These sessions can be structured weekly or bi-weekly sessions for as short as 1hr up to 3hrs depending on the situation/personnel schedules etc.
Using mindfulness at work
Whichever way we look at things, you are who you are now, and that’s what you have to work with. Therein lies the value and opportunity to use mindfulness at work to clarify emotions and calm the waters.
The Buddhists have an analogy of the mind like a glass of water with mud in it. Thoughts, they say, are like a stick which mixes up the sediment and the water in such a spin that there is no way we can see through it. It creates confusion and darkens the view.
If, however, we take the stick out and allow the water to stop spinning, the mud settles to the bottom of the glass. The water becomes clear again. We regain our vision and clarity.
Mindfulness practice is exactly this.
My take has always been that I stay the same, but the interactions and power structure demands can change my sense of personal control at work. When interpreting demands are made at work, I may feel many emotions that increase or decrease my sense of wellbeing and happiness.
If I have no insight into this process, I will default to often old formats of judgement and reaction.
Mindfulness at work is effective for those who want to learn how to reduce and manage stress and improve psychological and physical health.
The skill of mindfulness helps improve the quality of communication and interpersonal skills, and it is suitable for all members of staff, team leaders, and management.
Create personal Emotional Intelligence
The benefit of mindfulness is to create the ability to focus our attention and awareness on what is happening in the present moment.
We learn to focus on the mind, which relaxes the body and mind, improving emotional awareness and intelligence.
Then we notice within ourselves what is happening around us in a personal and broader context.
EQ is mindfulness at work
1. More energy and vitality. Tiredness and fatigue diminish as we take a real break from all our internal stresses.
2. Self-awareness: knowledge of one’s internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions.
3. Self-regulation: Management of one’s internal states, impulses and resources.
4. Motivation: Emotional tendencies that guide or facilitate reaching goals
5. Empathy: Awareness of others feelings and needs, and concerns
6. Social skills: Adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others. These qualities allow more true relaxation and facilitating less stress, anxiety, worry or depression, generating health and wellbeing in the body and mind.
Huw Griffiths Lic Ac is an experienced meditation teacher with over 30 years of experience within body/mind health. Huw has completed a mindfulness teacher training course at the University of Wales in Bangor and delivers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to individuals, groups, schools and organisations in the UK.
Huw currently teaches workshops and seminars via Zoom.