47% of the time the average person’s mind wanders. This is a huge number. We are constantly distracted and not focused on what is happening in front of us. Being aware of where our attention is placed at every given moment gives us the power to choose where to place it. If our mind wanders off (it always will) then practicing to notice it and then guide it back is the key to maintaining focus and concentration. Without this basic Mindfulness skills we become captive to our minds. We are no longer taking charge of our lives. Moving from Autopilot to Awareness is an important skill. You can learn how to do this.
Why bring compassion into the work place?
There are a number of studies that indicate that bringing compassion into the workplace engages, motivates and propels the individual and team to success. Compassion does not let people off the hook or make them soft, it gives them the foundation to truly recognize that change is possible, rectify past mistakes and take action to move forward.
What are the 4 steps to balance?
The 4 steps are: Compassion, Mindfulness, Insight and Optimistic Re-Framing. We start with compassion because before we become more aware of ourselves and our experiences we want to make sure we do not judge ourselves and bad or faulty people. We then are able to take the next step and be more Mindful (aware) of what is going on around us and within us. We can then dig a little deeper and start to understand our interpretations of our experiences (our active beliefs at any given moment). Finally, knowing what our beliefs are we can then question them for their accuracy and validity and then re-frame them and shift them to something more reasonable. Shifting our beliefs shifts how we feel and then we can make better decisions and actions.
Why should I teach my employees to sit around and meditate?
Some business leaders feel that meditation is wasteful. They feel that sitting around and doing nothing is not productive. In fact studies have shown the opposite. Letting people sit and be aware of what is going on allows them to process their experiences more effectively. Taking the time to really be with a challenge allows you to come up with more clarity and insight. From that you make better decisions. In today’s world when we are always on always connected and doing something we generally don’t even realize all the possibilities because we are not paying attention. Meditation exercises, over time, allow us to be more focused, aware, insightful, less reactive and make better decisions. All the leads to an increase in productivity.
What is the ROI of Mindfulness?
Many leaders what to know what their return on investment (ROI) if they were to roll out a meditation culture in their work place. Depending on how committed an organization is will determine their own ROI metrics. SAP for example has rolled out a mindfulness culture with the Search Inside Yourself program. They claim to see an ROI of over 200%.
What is better - live or online courses?
Both types of courses have their benefits. Live courses allow for interaction with other people. They hear people’s questions and they each draw on the energy and enthusiasm of others in the room. This happens less with webinar live programs given that people are watching from their own location. On demand or online courses allow flexibility for the participant. A student can stop and start as needed and review content at a later date to refresh as needed. Online courses can also be more cost effective if you want to give your entire organization access to the program.
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