About mindfulness

Mindfulness has become known as a ‘technique’ for getting focused.

However, it’s not just about productivity; it grounds us and helps get our life into perspective.

See this 9 minute video that summarises its value in the workplace:

Here’s what you do in a mindfulness course:

  • learn to develop calm awareness in the present moment, through breathing and other meditations (even a 10 second pause makes a difference)
  • learn to tune into the body as a way to directly experience feelings and emotions
  • recognise our habits and patterns of reaction to stress and difficulties
  • develop our emotional intelligence and learn to respond to stressful stimuli in a more considered way
  • practice being kind to ourselves and others

Research shows that with 8 weeks of training one has a significant increase in the ability for sustained attention, emotional regulation and perspective taking. So one can expect to:

  • remain more calm and focused in the face of multiple demands
  • communicate more clearly, direct thoughts more appropriately and focus more consistently
  • work better within teams, with clients and with other stakeholders
  • show improved mood and working memory
  • exhibit less stress, anxiety, and depression
  • be more productive and positive about work
  • show greater emotional alertness and more empathy

Our own approach is thoroughly grounded in the ancient wisdom of mindfulness. However, we also know that the basic training model needs to be made accessible for busy people. Hence Simply Being Present.

Our articles 

Evidence of brain changes after mindfulness training (from a recent conference)

Brain science for mindfulness (a longer article about how it works)

Definitions of mindfulness (how it’s been described by others)

5 actions to tackle workplace stress-web (an e-book)

Stress-at-work-test (a quick check on your stress factors)

Research evidence of effectiveness at work (some useful research links)

Other useful papers/articles

Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace by The Mindfulness Initiative

Mindful Nation UK Report 2015

Mindfulness Can Improve Strategy, Too – a useful summary by The Harvard Business Review

Evidence for Mindfulness: A Research Summary for the Corporate Sceptic