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"I feel it has helped me through a very stressful time at work, giving me the tools to take care of my own mental health, empowering me to take breaks from frantic thinking, become aware of how stressed I was and helping me unwind. It has also helped me understand context around stressful communications and reactions to stress. I feel I have a choice to act differently now. It has also helped me appreciate all that is good and nourishing in my life."
"This course has greatly increased my self-awareness and I feel there has been a real heartfelt shift in my understanding of the way I think and that I do not have to be governed by my thoughts. The course has given me breathing space and clarity."
"With guided practice initially and now independently, the mindfulness practice helps me so much to stay focus, alert and relax at the same time. I have also started noticing little pleasure around me that I have overlooked all this time and enjoy this feeling of staying in the present moment."
"I have gained so much from the course. I feel by taking the time for this practice, I have allowed joy, satisfaction and calmness amongst other things back into my life. In turn I feel like I have a better relationships with my family and my colleagues. It’s something I want my kids to learn. I know life can take turns and switch direction but I feel I can cope with it by what I have learned. Thank you."
Mindfulness At Work
A number of well-known companies have implemented mindfulness programs for its employees.
An August Financial Times article describes the growth in mindfulness in the West and cites General Mills as one company that is making it an integral part of its company culture.
[General Mills] has even begun research into its efficacy, and the early results are striking. After one of Marturano’s seven-week courses, 83% of participants said they were “taking time each day to optimise my personal productivity” – up from 23% before the course.
82% said they now make time to eliminate tasks with limited productivity value – up from 32% before the course. And among senior executives who took the course, 80% reported a positive change in their ability to make better decisions, while 89% said they became better listeners.
The Mind Business
Mindfulness In Silicon Valley
One chapter in Contemplative Practices in Action is devoted to the impact of meditation in the lives of Silicon Valley leaders. In a seminar called Spirituality for Organizational Leadership at Santa Clara University, participants discuss how meditation practices can assist them in leading their organization. Those who complete the seminar tend to integrate what they learned into their busy lives in the following way:
Mindfulness at Google
Google deserves special mention. Led by Chade-Meng Tan, its Jolly Good Fellow, Google introduced a program to increase emotional intelligence using mindfulness — and backed by scientific research. It’s called Search Inside Yourself and is now offered to organizations outside the Googleplex.
Benefits of mindfulness