Mindful Well-Being has Arrived

The fact that mindfulness is an effective health and wellness intervention is generally known and accepted at this point. Early-adopting companies, including Google, Aetna, General Mills, Intel, and SAP, have been offering mindfulness training for nearly a decade now, as a method for reducing chronic stress — which in turn reduces chronic illness — which in turn reduces absenteeism and health care costs. Obviously, this is a win-win, for the individual and the enterprise.

Mindful Leadership is at the Gate

But the new wave of organizational mindfulness is steadily building as well. Thanks to Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, the London School of Economics, INSEAD, and other top…

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Stefanie Faye, for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness (IOM). Thanks, Stefanie!

What we see depends on what we look at.

What we look at depends on our previous experiences.

Our previous experiences create a field of vision.

This field of vision is always limited. Always. There is no possibility that we can be aware of everything. This would overwhelm our system to a point of collapse because it would not be able to process every single quanta of information that enters our senses. Our field of vision is therefore always incomplete and imperfect…

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Stefanie Faye, for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness (IOM). Thanks, Stefanie!

When you’re learning or creating something new, your brain-body system requires a set-up of micro-movements and attentional control that it is not currently using. It requires a neuro-mechano-chemical combination that it may never have attempted before.

Learning or creating something new can include:

  • A new combination of movements you’ve never done before
  • Typing words you’ve never typed before
  • Emailing someone you’ve never met
  • Speaking to a family member in a way you’ve never tried before
  • A new habit, behavior, project, work of…

I think we can all agree that Emotional Intelligence training strengthens our individuals and teams, improves the workplace, and creates the conditions for higher performance and productivity — and we all know that EQ depends on a foundation of self-awareness, and compassion to truly understand others, right?

Right. Well, mindfulness creates and strengthens self-awareness and compassion — In so doing, it provides the prerequisite qualities, and is a force multiplier for Emotional Intelligence. Here’s how mindfulness and EQ fit together:

A Framework for Interpersonal Relationships

EQ training provides a framework for intellectually understanding what drives successful interpersonal relationships. …

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Stefan Ravalli, for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness (IOM). Thanks, Stefan!

It’s hard to boil down a practice as rich as mindfulness to just a few words…however it’s fun to try. Actually, here’s one single word: “curiosity”. To what extent can you plunge your attention into everything with fascination?

Curiosity in Customer Service

With customer service, curiosity is currency. In my own journey in this field, my passion for service (especially my inspiration to make it a mindful practice) actually sprung out of my boredom with it. How does that happen? Well, any service-oriented job is filled…

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Stefanie Faye, for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness (IOM). Thanks, Stefanie!

Self-directed neuroplasticity is one of the first topics that drew me in to study neuroscience.

One of the most important aspects of it is ‘self-directed’.

We can’t help that our brains get built through our experiences and relationships. We can’t help that others’ reactions and signals will play a major part in the formation of our beliefs and behaviors as we grow up.

But as our brains mature, so does our ability to self-direct and self-regulate.

We will always need relationships with…

By Stefan Ravalli

A new job or role might start out as a love affair. But so often after the first few months, it loses its luster. We begin to feel deadened by the repetition of seemingly menial tasks. Why does repetition do this and can we change our relationship to it?

First, understand that our rejection of repetition is not some innate problem with repetition itself, but the appetite we’ve acquired for every experience to be dazzlingly new and fresh.

Repetition is a Matter of Taste…And True Masters Are Connoisseurs

It’s helpful to look at people that know the value of repetition and grew to love it through their…

By Stefanie Faye

The most dangerous form of human interaction is shame.

If some of your past experiences involve feeling shame, it’s quite possible that you do not have conscious awareness of where those feelings come from.

This is because shame is tied to a neurological response of submission.

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It is the most life-threatening physiological state we can be in. It’s the last resort of your nervous system to escape death. But it’s the most dangerous because it is tied to submission to a ‘predator’.

I call this the shame-submission response.

Because the shame-submission response is so closely tied to the life threat, your sensory receptors and various neural circuits will have ‘triggers’ associated with…

By Stefan Ravalli

Periods of great difficulty are always a great time to reflect on what service means to us and the ideas we may have accumulated about it that may need to be revisited.

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I’m thinking back to an inspiring discussion I recently had with restaurant-owner Albert Bitton as I gaze at a picture of him reading the menu to the exhausted and hungry medical workers of yet another overcrowded New York hospital. He is presenting another charitable delivery nourishing and delicious high-end Israeli food cooked by his New York Shoo Shoo Nolita restaurant, using his skills and passion…

By Michael Foster

Our understanding and acceptance of mindfulness are changing pretty quickly. From a consumer point of view, mindfulness is stepping up from “fad” status to being a mainstream staple of a life well-lived. It’s joining restful sleep, and better nutrition, and more exercise, in the pantheon of general wellness.

In the corporate world, mindfulness is this year’s company health benefit. It’s popular, people are interested in it, it’s a proven path to stress reduction, it’s cheap and simple to implement — and it’s cool enough to be a positive talking point in hiring.

Neural Training for Personal Qualities

These are all positive perceptions…

Institute for Organizational Mindfulness

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