Mindfulness in the Moment
In a world of change, volatility and uncertainty, our challenge is to find a peaceful mind. When the weather is blowing a storm, facing into and accepting the wind is a skill we can all develop.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us (www.Mindful.org).
It’s a way of feeling less blown around by the weather and staying grounded more often. It’s not the same as relaxation, it is a way of getting beyond the “inner voice”. It feels like you are standing in the eye of a storm, knowing where you are but not overreacting to it or avoiding it. It’s a storm, just a storm which will pass (this approach takes practice)!
Hooked in a black hole
So if a peaceful mind is our aim, have you noticed there are times when it is not so quiet? The mind gets pulled into a “black hole” – dragged there by a gravity all of its own. It gets hooked by one particular thing and will not let go, maybe by anxiety, fear, worry, doubt or anger. You lose sight of what really matters and instead get stuck in the negative. This can lead to more reactive thoughts and behaviours which can impact your relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
Mindfulness teaches ways of getting out of “the black hole” and seeing/accepting the World as it really is. It helps us to see new possibilities.
Where can it help?
Research and studies show Mindfulness to help with many areas:
Well-being: it helps to ease anxiety, depression, pain, stress and sleep deprivation.
Education: helping pupils with concentration, focus and behaviour issues, calming distracted minds and helping them to pay better attention.
Business: Google, Transport for London, Bosch, and Unilever are teaching mindfulness to their leaders.
Sport: top competitors in golf, tennis, rugby, diving and American football are using mindfulness techniques.
It’s not a cure all but it helps many people in many ways.
How does it do that?
With practice we learn to:
- Quieten the mind
- Use our breath to stabilise our busyness
- Develop new habits, break old ones
- Use our senses in a more powerful way
- Connect better with yourself and others
We create new brain pathways which help us to form new patterns. We can remain more grounded, focussed and peaceful during each day. When you commit to a mindful way of life you experience each day in a different way.
Mindfulness has certainly changed lives.
What do you do now?
Join me in a small group (6-8 people) for a practical programme aimed at giving you the skills to quieten the mind. We will meet at Place House Hall, Ware, a venue chosen for it’s quiet, reflective space. The cost of a 6 consecutive week programme is £210.
I hope to see you soon at what will be a fun and life changing experience.
Tracy Parker, Director, Equinoxe
The team sessions with Alistair have been brilliant, we are now a much closer team since we have been working with him and we now work as ONE team rather than individuals.
Georgina Harrison, Development Programmes Manager, Leadership & Engagement Team, ASDA
Alistair is extremely knowledgeable, personable and has a great deal to offer any organisation. I would highly recommend him.
Neil Ashworth, CEO, Collect +
Alistair brought a series of tools and shape to our deliberations that shaped not only what we are as a team, but what we represent in the market, and where we will set the business apart. The work is challenging whilst being fun, structured whilst being flexible, we will be regular customers.
Neil Harvey, UK Employee Relations Manager, Tesco Distribution
The feedback we get from those that attend his sessions is truly fantastic and we have seen some remarkable changes in everyone that attends, which importantly not only benefits the individual but percolates through the business.
Jim Whitehead, General Manager, Tesco Distribution
Alistair has a rare skill and ability to entice the delegates to come up with the answer and teach themselves along the way. It was a fantastic two day session which everyone enjoyed and took a lot of new skills and ideas from to make them better leaders.
Ryan Jacobz, Tesco
Alistair has taken me through very simple to remember and simple to implement action plans and breathing exercises. He does away with the ‘mumbo jumbo’ and gets to the CAUSE of the matter. He then helped me to improve on my own behaviour / reactions.
Programme dates are available throughout the year, so please contact me for more details