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Mindfulness Practice at Work

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A short deck on the benefits of mindfulness practice at work.

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Mindfulness Practice at Work

  1. 1. Mindfulness Practice at Work: Leveraging Ancient Technology to Succeed in the Modern World
  2. 2. Fragmented Fields of Attention O With the proliferation of modern technology and communications channels/devices, we are virtually never unplugged, and the being “out of pocket” and “off the grid” is a vestigial pleasure we once enjoyed, barring remote camping trips. O Our ability to be fully present in any given moment has been severely compromised by our addiction to connectivity to everyone/everywhere/all the time.
  3. 3. So…what do we do about it?
  4. 4. The most important thing you do everyday… O What is the most important thing you do every day? O You breathe… O How many times a day do you think you breathe? O The average person takes around 20,000 breaths a day. O The average person takes the majority of their waking breaths in a less than optimal, usually shallow way…
  5. 5. Effects of Shallow Breathing O Cascade of negative effects: O Anxiety O Inability to focus O Increased Cortisol Levels O Adrenaline surges at inappropriate times O Induces a permanent, low-grade fight or flight response
  6. 6. Benefits of Mindfulness Practice GENERAL BENEFITS: O Increases activity in a number of brain regions, including those parts involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation and perspective taking; O Improves psychological functions of attention, compassion and empathy; O Activates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the autonomic nervous system and decreasing cortisol; O Boosts the immune system Work-specific Benefits: TIME SPENT PRODUCTIVELY FOCUSED!
  7. 7. Practical Applications… Why should I care about mindfulness at work? O Enhanced Listening Ability O Hearing your clients and coworkers is critical to success O Take Perspectives O Placing yourself in the perspective of your client is critical to understanding their needs and requirements O Non-reactivity in the face of stressful circumstances O No work environment is without its stresses, and no business deal with a client is without its challenges to overcome, and displaying equanimity and poise in the face of adversity is extremely useful in building trust. O Increased memory and attention span O Capturing and retaining information is critical to the success of any business deal, and a single missed (or remembered) detail can be the difference between a win or a “learning opportunity”.
  8. 8. Quick, Effective Exercises… O 4 Part Breath O Inhale 3 seconds, Hold 3 seconds, Exhale 3 seconds, Hold Empty 3 seconds O Repeat for 2 minutes. O Alternate Nostril Breathing O Place index finger on the right nostril and inhale through the left, pivot index finger to cover the left nostril and exhale through the right. Inhale throught the right and repeat on each side for 2 minutes.
  9. 9. Companies with Mindfulness Programs… O Google O Apple O Target O General Mills O Deutsche Bank O Procter & Gamble O Aetna Further reading links: O corporate-employees-meditation_n_1840690.html O mindfulness-at-work/ O ness-at-work/5617546