Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

Many people believe they have to be harsh on themselves in order to be successful at work and in their personal lives. In its more extreme forms, this attitude can take the form of a relentless and unforgiving internal commentator, or “inner critic.” It may therefore...
Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness

Once we become more aware of what is happening around us by using our various Mindfulness and Insight practices we can then start to unravel the stories that we tell ourselves about our experiences. Our minds are constantly making assessments and judgement about what...
Mindfulness and Teamwork

Mindfulness and Teamwork

No one person can do it all.  We all rely on others to get our jobs done.  Whom we engage matters and how we engage is critical in making that working relationship succeed.  In many organizations teams come and go.  Collections of people get together to work on a...
The Science of Mindfulness

The Science of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and it’s only recently that it’s come under scientific scrutiny.  Jon Kabat-Zinn was one of the first western researchers to look into the contemplative practices of Mindfulness and meditation so see if there is some...
Increasing Focus and Productivity

Increasing Focus and Productivity

A 2010 study conducted by Killingsworth et al, at Harvard University, concluded that the average person’s mind wanders 47% of the time. In today’s world distraction is everywhere and our employees are not immune.  Our always connected mobile devices are compelling us...
Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

According to a poll conducted by Ipsos Read 72% of Canadians experience uncomfortable levels of stress.  26% of that stress is related to work life. The Canadian Mental Health Commission of Canada estimate that 30% of disability claims are related to Mental Health...
Mindful Communication

Mindful Communication

In our always on always connected world we think we are communicating more effectively and yet we are not.  We are easily distracted and our attention control is becoming worse. A study conducted by Microsoft discovered that our attention spans are now less than 8...
Mindfulness, Motivation and Goals

Mindfulness, Motivation and Goals

Motivating employees can be challenging.  Our leaders set objectives and managers are expected to keep everyone focused and motivated in order to achieve these goals.  What motivates our employees and what skills can managers use to keep everyone engaged? Dr. Martin...
Mindfulness and Customer Focus

Mindfulness and Customer Focus

Understanding our customers is the key to delivering products and services that meet their needs.  Product teams, customer service representatives, sales people etc… all need to be in-tune with their customers.  More precisely they need to be in tune with how their...
Mindfulness and Creativity

Mindfulness and Creativity

In a study conducted by Adobe (the graphics software company) found that 75% of the respondents felt that they were not living up to their creative potential. While another study conducted by Fast Company found that 60% of CEOs say that creativity is the most...
Mindful Workplaces

Mindful Workplaces

Companies are always looking to capitalize on their investments.  Most want to always improve and move forward and many have been busily adopting a more mindful approach to they employees and customers.  Progressive companies understand that people are at the heart of...
Physical Exercise and Nutrition

Physical Exercise and Nutrition

One cannot underestimate the importance of physical exercise and good nutrition and what that does to your brain/body. If your body is not physically functioning optimally then that will make it tougher to stay with an Optimistic mindset. The reverse is also true that...
How Our Brain Works

How Our Brain Works

Thoughts/beliefs create our emotions… We have many thoughts that pop into our head and not all of them create our emotions.  Some thoughts are generated and we dismiss them as false or not necessary at that moment.  Other thoughts are generated and based on our past...
It All Starts With Being Mindful

It All Starts With Being Mindful

The #1 question people ask is “What is Mindfulness and what benefits will Mindfulness give me?”  There are a number of benefits that people gain by incorporating Mindfulness into their lives and with integrating the various Mindful practices into our daily routines,...
Many Mindfulness Practices

Many Mindfulness Practices

The benefits gained from having a Mindful lifestyle with practices are numerous.  These practices can be split up into 3 main groups. Present Moment Awareness Practices As one begins their learning, one starts with Meditation exercises. We start here because it allows...
Benefits of Mindfulness

Benefits of Mindfulness

There are many benefits to practicing being more Mindful.  Here are some highlights… Focus Increases Learning to increase present moment awareness allows us to gently guide the mind back to what the intention of the moment is thus increasing focus.  Extended...
Optimistic Re-Framing

Optimistic Re-Framing

What is Optimistic Re-Framing Optimistic re-framing is all about changing your beliefs/stories.  Neuroscience tells us that we CAN change. Our active beliefs cause our emotional sates and those play out in our bodies.  Our beliefs, emotions and body sensations...
Affirmations

Affirmations

Affirmations are the grand daddy of all optimistic thinking exercises.  You can and should definitely use affirmations in addition to the other exercises listed on this site. Affirmations are positive statements that when repeated on a regular basis can re-train your...
Counter Pointing

Counter Pointing

Counter Pointing is a method of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. If you are familiar with Cognitive Behavioral Thereby (CBT) then you will recognize this way of thinking.  It essentially is an exercise that asks you to look at your negative thoughts and...
Using Mantras While Meditating

Using Mantras While Meditating

Many people not only focus on thoughts and body sensations as they Meditate, but many people also focus by way of reciting Mantras. Mantras are sayings that you recite over and over again while you meditate.  They are positive statements identical...

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