Mindful Webinar Series
Welcome to our monthly Mindful Webinar Series where we will explore topics and insights from the feedback and questions we receive in our 7-Day mini course. We hope they help bring some ease, clarity and awareness into your work and daily life.
Where to Start
January 15th 2020, 12 Noon MT / 6:00 PM UTC
Zoom Video Conference
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#1 – Resilience at Work (February)
#2 – Mindfulness Meditation (March)
#3 – Neuroscience (April)
#4 – Not Just the Mind (May)
#5 – Mindful Communication (June)
#6 – Your Emotions (July)
#7 – Leading Mindfully (August)
#8 – Resilience at Work? (September)
#9 – Resilience (November)
#10 – Mindfulness Meditation (December)
#11 – Embodiment (February)
#12 – Mindful Planning (March)
#13 – Strong Emotions – Fresh Start (April)
* Replays will be available within 1-2 business days. Audio transcripts are available upon request.
During the live event, you can interact with other participants and faculty using the live “Group Chat” feature found within the online classroom.
NOTE: You’ll need to be logged into the 7-day Mini Course to use this feature. If you haven’t already created your eNaropa account, click here to enroll in our introduction to Mindful at Work mini course.
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PREVIEW: Mindful at Work - Full 8-Week Online Course
Mindful at Work: 8-Week Course Outline
What's the next step? How about enrolling in our full course with a community of others? See the complete eight week class overview below and join us as we develop practices to bring mindfulness into our working lives.
What’s all the buzz about?
Welcome to Mindful at Work! In this course you will learn what mindfulness is how you can apply it to everyday aspects of work such as planning, communication, meetings, teamwork and change. You will also learn additional mindfulness practices that you can do at home to strengthen your capacity to stay present, focused and engaged.By the end of this first module, you will:
- Understand what mindfulness is and how it can be beneficial in the workplace.
- Begin to learn individual mindfulness practices to overcome stress and enhance clarity, compassion and confidence.
Mindfulness is an inherent human ability that can be strengthened through practice. In this module you will learn what mindfulness is and how it can be beneficial. Based on ancient methods for “calming the mind” mindfulness has gained credibility and popularity in the West in the last 40 years. Utilizing simple practices that help to focus and expand mental and emotional capacity, mindfulness can strengthen resilience, reduce stress and improve decision making in the workplace and in life.
Why Mindfulness Works
Since mindfulness was introduced in clinical settings in the late 1970’s by Jon Kabot-Zinn, scientific research has increased significantly. Studies have been conducted that show the benefits of mindfulness on stress, eating disorders, depression and self-regulation. In the last 10 years, the role of mindfulness in the workplace has become an important topic for researchers. Recent studies show significant improvements in well-being, job satisfaction, job performance and emotional regulation as a result of mindfulness. In this module you will learn more about why and how mindfulness works. You will also learn specific practices that can help you calm and stabilize your mind.By the end of this first module, you will:
- Understand the science behind mindfulness and why it works.
- Learn mindfulness practices that can positively impact the body and brain when under stress.
Show up for what matters
The quality of personal presence we bring to situations determines how we experience them. When we daydream or our mind is wandering we miss out on the fullness of what each moment has to offer. In this module we will cultivate presence by continually bringing our mind back to the experience of the breath and opening our senses to what is actually going on within us and around us.By the end of this second module, you will:
- Align your intentions with your actions
- Practice being present in the here and now
Discover clarity and choice
In today’s turbulent social and economic environment, we are all faced with enormous pressure to see the “big picture” and respond skillfully to specific situations with understanding, clarity, authenticity and decisiveness. Not only do we need to respond, rather than react to difficult situations, we need to encourage and motivate those around us to do the same. Mindfulness can help us access our own clarity and creativity in the midst of challenging situations.By the end of this first module, you will:
- Explore how to work with planning and decision making in the here and now.
- Improve your ability to work creatively with time.
Make it real
Improved concentration and clarity is not all that mindfulness has to offer. By focusing on the present moment, we can discover choices we may not otherwise have noticed. Instead of being distracted by fleeting thoughts and emotional ups and downs, we can develop the capacity to sustain focus and connection and therefore engage in more effective interactions with co-workers. This has a positive effect in the workplace. As we become more familiar with our own inner landscape, we develop empathy and compassion for others. We also become more skilled at recognizing conflicts and responding to the emotional needs of the people around us.By the end of this second module, you will:
- Understand the importance of self compassion.
- Utilize mindfulness to improve communication and collaboration.
Work better together
Working together in teams is an important skill in most work environments. However, many teams focus on "doing" rather than "being". Mindfulness can be utilized in team settings with simple practices such as "a moment of silence" or a "check in" to bring more awareness and empathy into the team dynamics. In this module we will explore some of the tools and methods that can help teams balance relaxation with clarity, and mobilize them for effective action.By the end of this second module, you will:
- Learn tools and methods to bring mindfulness into team meetings.
- Practice emotional intelligence to cultivate empathy.
Make a difference
How many mindful leaders does it take to shift a culture? At least one. Culture doesn't change because we think it should, in fact organizational cultures are notorious for not changing, no matter how many interventions we try. What can change a culture is a leader who behaves differently in challenging moments. Instead of reacting with defensiveness, a leader who can take a mindful 'pause' can make all the difference in both the process and the outcome. Of course, pausing alone is not enough. During the pause we can access our "felt sense" in the moment and make new choices based on our values and what is best for the whole situation. This takes courage as well as insight, qualities that can be developed through practice.By the end of this second module, you will:
- Discover your "inner leader".
- Apply mindfulness to improve organizational culture.
Respond with creativity and resilience
Although mindfulness practices can certainly be helpful when taught at the individual level, they can also be utilized at the group and organizational level to create a culture of focus, appreciation and alignment. Group mindfulness practices also foster creativity and innovation. Many large corporations such as Aetna, General Mills, Google, and LinkedIn are now utilizing mindfulness to cultivate healthy corporate cultures, as well as for fostering individual well-being. However, mindfulness should not be seen as a panacea. Regardless of how often we practice meditation we will still have frustration, setbacks, and even failure. Mindfulness can help us build the capacity to respond to these situations with creativity, and even a sense of humor. It can help us to become more resilient in the face of constant change, which allows work to have new meaning and purpose.By the end of this first module, you will:
- Apply mindfulness while navigating change.
- Demonstrate mindfulness at work and in life.