Mindfulness and Meditation in the workplace helps to create an environment where everyone can flourish

MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

 A Course of Mindfulness Practice and Inquiry based on the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Programme: weekly sessions of 2 hours spread over 8 weeks. This course is designed for group participation.

 

Mindfulness is about being more aware of yourself, others, and the world around you, by the purposeful cultivation of paying attention moment-to-moment non-judgmentally. It is to bring an attitude of curiosity and acceptance to your experience in each moment equally open to whatever it has to offer and free of the domination of habitual automatic cognitive and behavioural routines that, in one form or another, are often related to wanting things to be other than they are.

The Practice of Mindfulness is now a well established and deeply healing practice that is widely available in USA, UK and Europe which has proven health and well-being benefits in the corporate, health and education sectors, and as a stress reduction and management practice.

Mindfulness Training, which has been in the leadership sphere for a while, can help you be a well-respected and effective leader. Leading a business or a team can be demanding and stressful.

Mindfulness Practice reduces stress, brings clarity, restores vitality, and awakens our capacity for insight and wisdom. Above all it goes to the source of intention that will determine whether your action will make you an agent of change.

Transformational leadership training has made groundbreaking inroads to discovering what is the key to being an effective change-maker: the success of an intervention is dependent on the interior condition of the intervener. In other words effective action is not dependent on What you do or How you do it, but on the Inner Place from which you operate.

Mindfulness training will enable you to find that Inner Place, which is the source of your true intention. This shift in orientation in the Inner life will bring authentic action in the Outer Life from a place of genuine motivation arising from cultivating qualitative awareness.

It is simple, effective, and will give you the basic tools to manage your life with more peace and equanimity, while enabling you to lead with confidence from a place of authenticity.

Mindfulness Practice enables you to sift through the layers of inauthenticity that have programmed your routine reactivity and helps you to connect with the genuine source of your deepest level of response. For that Inner Place is most often the blind spot of your everyday experience. You may observe what you do and how you do it, but the quality of the source of your true intention that manifests Now in the present moment typically lies outside the range of your everyday observation, attention and awareness.

The behavior of systems cannot be transformed unless the quality of awareness and attentionthat is applied, individually and collectively, is also transformed. In the past learning methodologies were based on learning from the past. The real challenge now is to let go of the past to connect with the present tense awareness that senses the emergent future possibilities.

The ability to discover this is open to all – this awareness and sensing is an innate capacity we all share. Mindfulness Practice connects you to the Presence of being fully in the moment that allows the intuitive Sensing of the emergent possibility that is realized as Action.

The Training Programme will address four levels of awareness:

1. Being Mindful of oneself: awareness of who you are and acting in accordance with this. Knowing what you really care about and the contribution you want to make to others, institutions, communities and the world.

2. Being Mindful of others. Understanding the sense of self is composed of personal and social identity. Accepting that those identities have norms and values that influence people's perceptions and behaviours. By cultivating a non-judgmental self-acceptance a mindful leader nurtures a more empathic acceptance and non-judgmental appreciation of others, which has a radical impact on relationships, communications and collaboration.

3. Being Mindful of context and group dynamics. Being aware of the impact of external factors on themselves and others, ranging from cultural norms to competing demands. Being sensitive to the effect of group dynamics (group membership: being"one of us" vs being "one of them") and their influence on others.

4. Being Mindful of the Big Picture: We are all here now in the same boat!

Being fully in the present moment you can tap into an emergent future as possibility.

The Programme is not intended to promote the goal of an Ideal Leader.

It is not about being or not being a Mindful Leader. It is about embarking on a journey towards becoming who you really are through being in touch with the source of your true intention. That way Mindful Leadership emerges of its own accord through letting go of whatever is hindering the natural emergence of what is seeking to come to birth to address the needs of a world in transition.

Over the past forty years, mindfulness exercises have been taught with great effect in corporations, schools, law courts, prisons, government agencies - and even the UK Houses of Parliament.

 

MINDFUL LEADERS IN KENYA'S PRISON SYSTEM

Since 2015 a Mindful Leader Programme has revolutionized the lives of Kenya’s prison inmates working in partnership with the African Prisons Project, Exeter University and the Kenyan Prison Service. By March this year 1,000 out of 3,000 inmates had directly or indirectly benefited from the training with demonstrably radical changes in their attitudes, behaviour and overall well-being. CLICK on this link:

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/innerrehabilitation/blog/2017/09/12/the-mindful-anthem

And see the subpage on this site:

Mindful Prisoners

If such dramatic changes can be demonstrated in the harsh environment of a prison imagine what a difference Mindfulness Practice could make in the workplace of any other business or institution.

There is now a considerable body of research that speaks of the effectiveness of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts. Neuroscience data gathered over the last thirty years shows measurable brain changes with prolonged practice of mindfulness, leading to the theory of Neuroplasticity of the Brain.  

Mindfulness training literally re-sculpts your brain.

 

BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness training changes you. People who are more mindful have higher levels of emotional intelligence, improved relationships, and reduced levels of stress.  They discover a natural state of mind in which they are focused, present and aware. They have more sustained attention, greater emotional regulation and an increased ability to adopt different perspectives.

When you're more mindful you're more open to new ideas, finding an increase in your creativity and an enhanced sense of purpose.

Studies show that mindfulness courses and training increase working memory capacity. That's essential for helping you make good decisions. It helps you to respond more and react less and it opens up more choice in how you go about things. 

It helps you discover a natural state of mind in which you are focused, present and aware. People who are more skilled at working with their minds and mental states perform better at work. This benefits everyone: themselves, their colleagues, their clients and their organisations.

People who have experienced Mindfulness Training tell us that as a result they have:

  • Enhanced focus and attention
  • Increased self-awareness and increased mindfulness of others
  • Increased ability to handle stressful situations
  • Have learned to handle their thoughts, moods and emotions more effectively
  • Greater cognitive effectiveness and capacity for decision making
  • Improved capacity for emotional intelligence that correlates with better teamwork
  • Increased creativity
  • Have a greater capacity for relaxation
  • Have more energy and enthusiasm
  • Have enhanced self-confidence
  • Have a stronger connection to themselves and their purpose
  • Are able to live life more fully

 

TESTIMONIES

The Institute for Mindful Leadership Survey has a lot of data and research showing how these benefits have a positive impact on organizational culture. One of the most compelling examples is highlighted by the insurance giant Aetna which developed an internal mindfulness training programme supported by their CEO Mark Bertolini: https://news.aetna.com/2014/09/journey-personal-organizational-wellness/

Below you can find two documents to download:

1) An article by Emme Seppella, Science Director of Stanford University's Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research

2) The recently published Building The Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace published by a volunteer working group convened by the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK following the publication of the UK Mindful Nation Report which is alo available to download from the site under "Mindfulness Course". Following the recommendations of this report this document on applying Mindfulness in the corporate workplace was compiled by leading private sector companies.

 

PERSONAL TESTIMONIES

"It has been my pleasure. The sessions were also at an opportune time for me personally. I liked the connection I felt in the last session during the interactive session - that was neat! I also look forward to seeing how we can package this for corporates in the coming year."(Joyce Sitonik Koech,  AAR Branch Manager, Sarit Centre))

"The Mindfulness Practice has been really helpful to me, in terms of controlling anger, and fully feeling and experiencing emotions without letting them weigh me down. I have also been able to own my own feelings. This has improved my overall relationships with my family, friends and even strangers. Thank you." (Grace Njenga)

“The mindfulness course has been of great benefit to me both personally and professionally. The mindfulness breathing techniques and practical exercises have helped me to cope much better with the stresses and strains of a highly demanding job and gain a better work-life balance.” (Anon. UNEP)

“I found the course extremely helpful in focusing my mind, reducing stress and improving concentration.” (C. Wayua)

“For anyone looking to find a way of balancing the often competing demands of home, work, and not least, ourselves, it’s worth their checking out an introduction to mindfulness. Too often we overlook the basics in our lives and need to find a way of connecting with what really matters.” (UK Mindful Nation Report)

 

This Course is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Massachussetts Medical Institute over thirty years ago. This is the default programme of the Mindfulness movement that is radically changing lives and attitudes in all spheres of life, and which has been adapted for corporate use and facilitation.

Fresh perspectives were gained in June this year at a new initiative launched by Christopher Titmuss, a well-known UK based Mindfulness teacher, which was the firstMindfulness Teachers Training Course to create Agents of Change (MTTC) which was held at Pauenhof Retreat Centre near Dusseldorf in Germany.

The Facilitator David Beatty has been invited as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s International Corporate Wellness Conference in Westlands Nairobi 14th-16th March 2018.

 

http://wellnessconferencekenya.com/david-beatty

 

You too can be an agent for positive change by becoming the change you want to see.

GET IN TOUCH

The standard Course Fee is 25,000 Ksh per head for the full Eight Week Course, minimum eight participants. This includes two hours training per week, take home audio-guided meditations, personal log sheets, and extra reading matter.

Corporate Packages can be tailored as an alternative for larger groups and these are negotiable depending on the size of the group. Ideally the course should be spread over eight weeks, but it is possible to create a more intensive course within four weeks with two classes per week of 2 hours each.

A one day intensive introduction to the basics of Mindfulness Practice can also be arranged.

VENUE: The Deep Centre has access to an appropriate venue in Westlands, which can accommodate up to 20 participants in a tranquil environment, or a client may wish to arrange their own venue. The prices below include the Planet House venue in Westlands.

 

EIGHT WEEKS COURSE: Ideal Class Size 15.

Price for 15 participants 16 hours 25,000 Ksh each Group Package Total 375,000

Client 's venue reduces package to 20,000 Ksh each Group Package Total 300,000

 

FOUR WEEKS COURSE: Ideal Class Size 20.  

Price for 20 participants 16 hours 20,000 Ksh each Group Package Total 400,000

Client’s venue reduces package to 17,500 Ksh each  Group Package Total 350,000

A one day intensive introduction to the basics of Mindfulness Practice can also be arranged. Cost for group 1 day intensive 50,000 Ksh

We can also offer a free presentation at your premises so any queries can be addressed prior to committing to a Mindfulness Training Programme.

BOOK NOW: +254-722-599187 or use the CONTACT page to introduce yourself to the DEEP CENTRE

 

How Meditation Benefits CEOs

Article December 2015 by Emma Seppella, author of 'The Happiness Track'. She is Science Director of Stanford University's Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

BUILDING THE CASE FOR MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE_Oct16

On the Application of Mindfulness in the Corporate Workplace compiled by leading private sector companies in UK