Calm Man plan to offer bespoke Meditation workshops for businesses.

Meditation platform Calm Man, dedicated to promoting the mental health benefits of meditation, plan to offer tailor-made mindfulness meditation workshops for businesses all shapes and sizes.

We often spend most of our time in the workplace and with more companies becoming increasingly concerned by the growing numbers of mental health issues reported in the workplace, meditation is a proven way to improve happiness and productivity as part of our everyday working experience.

The contribution of mindfulness to predicting burnout in the workplace

Natalie Zoe Taylor ⁎, Prudence Marjorie Robina Millear

School of Social Sciences (ML32), Faculty of Arts and Business, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs 4556, Queensland, Australia

Burnout is detrimental to the individual because it reduces mental

well being, even to the point of depression (Brown & Ryan, 2003).

Exhausted or cynical employees are detrimental to employers and the

broader economy, through reduced productivity, lost work time and increased

compensation claims. For example, workplace compensation

claims currently cost the Australian economy $A14.8 billion. A significant

proportion of these claims are predicted to be due to burnout, because

the majority are filed due to prolonged stress (Guthrie,

Ciccarelli, & Babic, 2010).

Mindfulness for the health in Business

The ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guides one’s own thinking and actions.
                                                                                                        (P Salovey, D Mayer)

The benefit of Mindfulness is to create within the individual, the ability to focus their attention on the awareness of what is actually happening in the present moment, within themselves and to what is happening around them in a wider context. 
Learning to focus the mind in this way relaxes the body and mind, improving emotional awareness and intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence is recognised by the presence of the following:
1.    Self awareness: knowledge of one’s internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions.
2.    Self regulation: Management of ones internal states, impulses and resources.
3.    Motivation:  Emotional tendencies that guide or facilitate reaching goals
4.    Empathy: Awareness of others feelings and needs and concerns
5.    Social skills: Adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others.

These qualities allow more true relaxation and facilitating less stress, anxiety, worry or depression, generating health and wellbeing in the body and mind.

How does mindfulness achieve these changes?
Mindfulness training is the self-teaching of conscious awareness in your mind. This is achieved through the concentration and focus of one’s attention, in the present moment, clearly and  singularly, holding the focus at will for as long as desired, without employing the judgmental or critical habits of the ‘conscious’ mind.

This practice frees the mind from generating stress, and creates a new perception of spaciousness and ease. This mindfulness practice acts as a brake on the reactive cascading of hormonal responses from the emotional and survival centers of the brain, which, previously, when triggered inappropriately could become habitual, automated and destructive.

Mindfulness is all about practice

Mindfulness is not an intellectual idea or thought. Mindfulness is a skill, a fundamental learning utilizing the plasticity of the long term memory, akin to that of learning the violin or riding a bike. To achieve this new neural pathway, one must practice daily, focusing the mind in the present moment, non-judgmentally, at will, for a specified duration of time.

The practice of mindfulness is not an escape from life. On the contrary,  it is a gateway into the experience of interconnectedness and the interdependence out of which stem emotionally intelligent actions, new ways of being, and ultimately greater happiness, clarity, wisdom and kindness— at work and in the world.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness options for business

It is important to take note that Mindfulness is not therapy, and during the seminars , workshops or teachings, personal stories and histories are not shared or encouraged

. Mindfulness is the skill of focusing your attention 100% in the present moment Non-Judgmentally. This enables you to experience what is actually happening, Now, in the present moment, not the intellectual assumptions and projections of past memories and emotions!

1.5 hr introduction to mindfulness session (Maximum 35 participants)  cost £150

In this session there is an introduction to the science of mindfulness and a logical guide to as how mindfulness works and how it can help you, at work and at home.

Also, as mindfulness is a skill which has to be learnt, not an intellectual idea, there are three practical mindfulness meditations

1.     Learning to sit

2.     The raisin meditation

3.     The body scan.

Each participant leaves with seminar notes and .mp3 download password to be able to continue practicing.

3hr, half day workshop (Maximum 20 participants) Cost £350

The course content is similar to the 1.5 hr introduction but with the extra time more effort is spent on practicing the skills of mindfulness including, mindfulness walking, and mindfulness eating.

Each participant leaves with workshop notes and a .mp3 download password  covering the practical aspects of mindfulness, which if they are so inspired they can continue to follow.

Full day workshop (maximum 20 participants)  £500

The course content goes deeper into Emotional Intelligence, EQ, and the practical aspects of mindfulness in daily life and communication with others at work and at home.

The course is focused on the practical skill aspect of mindfulness with the aim of imparting  conscious tools to the participants which if practiced can have definite and measurable outcomes.

Clients include:

Calm Man’s courses will aim to teach employees the reasons why we meditate and how meditation is scientifically proven to increase compassion, awareness and productivity. The second part of this course will teach learners how they can bring this practice into their everyday working environment and also benefit from mindfulness at home.

For more information on our bespoke courses, please email rich@calm-man.com

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