What is mindfulness and why is mindfulness so valuable to companies?
In it’s simplest form, mindfulness means awareness. Practicing mindfulness offers a way of paying attention in the present, without judgement.
What’s the benefit? Most people spend their time, up in their heads, reliving the past (and not the good stuff) or worrying about the future, or making up stories based on the slimmest amount of information (again, usually not good stories). By getting us to be present mindfulness helps to reduce the stress and anxiety and conflict that comes from this poor quality thinking. The result is and increase resilience and emotional intelligence, and improved communication.
From the ROI point of view for a business, the value of increased mindfulness has been proven in business. That is why Apple, Intel, Google, Goldman Saks, and so many others are perusing mindfulness training for their staff and execs. In fact A 2016 study conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments (UK) found that 22% of companies have mindfulness training programs already in place, and another 21% plan to add a mindfulness training component in 2017.
Results of mindfulness training have been measured. The American company Aetna, in a study with Duke, decreased it’s healthcare costs by 7% (6.3 million dollars straight onto the bottom line, partly thanks to mindfulness training. ) Stress is a massive cost to company in both healthcare costs and productivity. Aetna figures the productivity gains amounted to $3000 per employee. That is an impressive ROI for any program.
What is unique about this training?
Mindfulness training, in general, focuses on the techniques for getting mindful. The practice of meditation, and other daily mindfulness techniques. These techniques are often simple and very powerful, but they offer up a problem, and that is: getting the already hectic business person to do the practice. Stop the treadmill and get off for 20 min to meditate, stop the busy mind and spend 2 min every hour getting present. Make no mistake, these techniques work! But you have to work them to get the benefit.
In the 3 p training we will also teach these techniques, we believe that they are an excellent way to practice the awareness that shifts your life experience, but we start somewhere else. We start by teaching about the true nature of thought and how it works to create a felt experience of life. When you intrinsically understand the true nature of thought, everything changes in the way that you do and experience life.
The different “way of being” that mindfulness is striving to create, does not require as much work as we have been lead to believe. In fact, when we have a new understanding of something, it becomes impossible for us to continue on as we did before. When we understand the principle of the nature of thought, really understand the way it actually works (as opposed to the way we thought it worked), then everything changes, we can’t go on the same way as we did before. Our thinking automatically changes, our approach to life automatically changes and our mindful awareness automatically changes, it cannot stay the same. With 3 p training, becoming mindful is then less in the way of “mindful practice” and more in the way of a “state of being” based on a new level of understanding. The clarity, creativity, insight, calm, peace and happiness that mindfulness promises us, must naturally follow. The practice is simply a support in becoming really good at it.
When we understand the nature of thinking, we are able to easily identify poor quality thinking, and stop ourselves from getting involved in it, which leaves a huge amount of head space for great quality thinking.
Imagine what would happen in your business, if your staff was less stressed, more able to tap into their creative inspiration for work and solving problems, completely responsible for their own moods, emotions, and thinking states, and therefore 100% self correcting. If they were less caught up in criticism and judgemental of themselves and others, and less sensitive to perceived criticism and judgement, less fearful, more open minded, and more emotionally intelligent. All that brain power, freed up for productivity, creativity, passion and attention. All that possibility for clearer thinking, and for better quality relationships, and teams.
Full day, this training requires 2 days.
Half days or after hours 4 sessions of 3 hours each.
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