posted by Kim Benedict on Monday, 23 February 2015
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Mindful at Work

Here are some excerpts from an article on Mindfulness from Christy Matta on

Many people have heard the definition of mindfulness: paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, nonjudgmentally.

Mindfulness is being used in schools, colleges and universities to help teachers and students to improve their attention, interactions with each other, and understanding of others.

In other work settings, business leaders, workers and HR departments are using mindfulness training to reduce workplace stress, improve focus, communication, creativity and productivity.

And mindfulness is widely used in the treatment of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It’s also used to assist people with medical conditions, such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, hypertension and insomnia and to improve the symptoms of stress.

If you don’t have access to a mindfulness training program through your work or through therapy, how do you start a mindfulness practice?

It’s hard to learn on your own. It is possible, just as it’s possible to teach yourself to play the piano by reading books and practicing on your own. Mindfulness can be learned on your own through books, apps, YouTube videos and other resources.

However, like playing the piano or learning a sport, good instruction can significantly improve your learning.

And so, the first step to a mindfulness practice may be to research work programs, the possibility of accessing programs through your insurance or a mental health provider or mindfulness opportunities in your community.  

Here are some resources for Mindfulness programs, books and apps:

Our Leadership Breakfast Club speaker, Jeannine Myrvik, teaches individual and corporate mindfulness sessions. You can contact her at 651-964-9632 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Book:   Kabat-Zinn, J (2012) Mindfulness for Beginners

Apps:   Headspace

            Stop, Breathe, Think


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