It's wise to be wary. Mindfulness is often touted as a panacea - a "cure-all", and many amazing claims are made for it - often without any real evidence.
It has become a fad.
Having said that, there is a significant body of compelling scientific evidence, from psychology and neuroscience, validating this practice as very beneficial to mind management and development. Among the many benefits this research has attributed to regular, well trained mindfulness practice are:
Reduced difficulty with Stress
Improved Cognitive function
Increased Emotional Intelligence
Improved inter-personal relationships
Improved Personal Well-being
"Mindfulness should no longer be considered a 'nice-to-have' for executives. It's a 'must-have'".
Congleton, Hölzel & Lazar
Harvard Business Review, January, 2015
Mindfulness practice is relatively simple, although it requires some discipline. While it is based on techniques practised in eastern religions, it is completely secularised and has been shown to deliver significant long-term benefits at personal, community, workplace and leadership levels to those who practice regularly.
It can be seen as mental exercise towards fitness for the mind. Mindfitness!
It's no accident that many business leaders and Fortune 500 executives are long time mindfulness practitioners. Presumably they're not easily distracted by the latest fad.
I am a qualified WorkplaceMT teacher. I trained with The Mindfulness Exchange in the UK. This is a commercial spin-off organisation from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University, one of the foremost mindfulness research facilities in the world.
Mindfulness practice is commonly taught to the general public and in clinical settings through either of 2 programmes; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT - developed at Oxford). These are well established teaching programmes, developed in western clinical settings, and delivered widely. WorkplaceMT is derived from the MBCT programme, tailored to the needs and challenges of the workplace, enabling leaders, managers and employees to apply mindfulness to their behaviour, to the benefit of both themselves and their organisations.
It is important to point out that mindfulness practice, while completely secular, has a strong ethical foundation and involves more than just a technique for reducing stress. While teaching employees mindfulness will undoubtedly benefit them, it does not exonerate leaders and managers from their responsibilities for organisational culture. Mindful employees will not cure a toxic organisation by themselves - that must come from the top.
Mindful leadership will help.
Teaching can be one-to-one or in groups of up to 30 participants and can be tailored to suit most timetables. Why not contact me, with no obligation, to discuss a course?