In the first part of this series, we discussed the importance of developing some form of emotional intelligence and self-awareness at work.
The « good » news is that, although we might at times feel we are victim of our emotions, emotional skills are trainable. At a very high level, mindfulness is the practice of a certain form of meditation used (among other things) to bring emotional balance as well as peace to our mind. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, ?in the present moment, and? non-judgmentally. Kabat-Zinn, if you haven’t heard of him, is a teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. By developing an ability to pay attention to our inner life we become more emotionally stable and grounded.
Mindfulness not only helps with emotional intelligence, but is a key tool to access our agitated mind.
At work, in difficult situations, to what extent are we responding by making conscious choices instead of merely reproducing the same old responses, colored by the same old emotional imprints !? In work situations, we will instead develop more awareness about how we make decisions , and move from compulsion to choice. A key trait leaders increasingly need to develop, as discussed in the « Ecological Leadership » book.
Let’s now look in the next installment of this series on mindfulness at how we can start at our workplace!
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Mindfulness is finding its way to the corporate world and SMART Technologies is leading the way. Our ground breaking 8-Week Mindfulness for Life course that is backed by modern Neuroscience and ancient Compassion Based practice.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches mindfulness and basic mindful body movement exercises such as yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. Our 8 week mindfulness course does not require any previous experience in mindfulness or meditation and is suitable for new-comers as well as experienced practitioners who wish to refresh and or expand on their practice. I completed the 8-Week MBSR mindfulness course in September 2015 and was left with the benefits of feeling healthier and happier. It is important to note that If you have a history of severe or major depression and are in doubt about taking part in the course, that you discuss this with your chosen health professional or GP.


The course is directed by Robert Gebka (far left), Robert lived, worked and trained for five years at a Zen Buddhist monastery in South Africa before bringing mindfulness to the NHS. Initial no obligation telephone chat - A 15 minute interview to answer any questions you may have, and discuss whether the course is right for you at this time.
Home Practice - 30 minutes every day, doing mindfulness meditations or gentle mindful movements, as well as mindful daily life activities. Mindfulness Audio CD and Workbook - To support you in your mindfulness practice and learning, offering an opportunity for reflection of your experiences. Once you have read all the information about mindfulness and the 8-week course and feel you would like to join or arrange a free (15 minute max), no obligation telephone chat then please contact Angela our centre administrator for a callback.
This chat does not commit you to anything – we can discuss if the course is suitable for you at this time, and answer any questions you may have. We are the winners of both the Runner Up CEO Award for Innovation at the 2013 NHS OSCARS for our contribution to NHS staff wellbeing and the finalists at the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants, 2015 awards ceremony in London.
This is a special day as it marks the release of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. There is a voice inside most of us that at one point or another whispers or yells “mend my life!” This is exactly why Bob and I wrote A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.
In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn created the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, and in the 30 years that have passed, research and a tremendous amount of experience have shown that it has efficacious applications for alleviating symptoms of stress, such as anxiety, irritability, muscle tension, burnout, apathy, restlessness, headaches, fatigue, stomach distress, difficulty in concentrating, worry, overwork, substance abuse, smoking, eating problems, sleep disturbances, or feeling overwhelmed. Last updated: 1 Mar 2010Views expressed are those solely of the writer and have not been reviewed.
Deb: I have benefitted from the guidance you provide in this forum as well as your several publications. Those skills can then be helpful in our response to triggers (a colleague strongly disagrees with you), during difficult conversations (with your customer, or with your team members)  and in developing our ability to deal with stressful situations (in period of changes for instance).
This innovative, light hearted and practical course is led by Robert Gebka – international author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. MBSR is a group-based programme developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
Mindfulness training is useful for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being. After only 3 weeks of attending the mindfulness course I achieved a lower blood pressure than I have had in a long time despite the perils that were going on in my personal life at the time. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be more than happy to help.


Once you have decided that the course is for you, we will email or post you a booking form with all payment details. Every Monday, I cite a quote or a poem that is related to mindfulness and psychotherapy in some way and then explore it a bit and how it is relevant to our lives. It can also has applications to help with the stresses associated with living with illness, chronic pain, and conditions such as AIDS, arthritis, asthma, cancer, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, migraines, and many other medical conditions. We’ve created a Facebook Fan Page community that is a central point for anyone interested in or who has been working through the book. There is no way to stop an emotion from arising, that is part of our lives and kind of what makes us human. We develop an ability to have a different perspective on things, see the bigger picture as we manage over time to be less entrenched in our emotions by being more able to reframe difficult  situations.
The NHS and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now endorses Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as an effective management of various emotional difficulties, including the prevention of relapse of depression.
With the new insights I gained on the course I was able to look at things in a new light and gain the strength not to buckle under the pressure.
His style is very light hearted and practical and draws on his personal insights and experience. Joining this journey with a group of other open-minded people and with Robert guiding was simply fantastic.
We will be posting weekly video blogs that answer frequently asked questions and give tips about applying mindfulness to daily life. Mindfulness, as a way to pay attention more consciously, develops a different way of being by helping us to regain mastery of our thoughts.
Our visiting facilitators on the course are Linda Kinsella (2nd picture), a natural health coach, Helena Edwards (3rd picture) an Occupational Therapist and Yoga teacher.Dr Nilda Venegas (4th picture), a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and Click here to view our team profiles.
The course was the perfect foundation for mindfulness in general – that books, audio or the internet cannot do alone. This usually includes a 20 minutes of guided body scan mindfulness practice, some mindful movement as well as keeping of a simple personal log diary.



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