Mindfulness Training helps individuals or groups to bring awareness to their thoughts, stories, feelings and sensations so that during life’s stressful moments, they can calm the Limbic Brain, pause, and respond effectively. It also helps cultivate focus, a quiet mind and a positive mindset.
What Is Mindfulness Training?
Mindfulness is the practice of training your mind and physiology to engage the Parasympathetic Nervous System to respond calmly and effectively to today’s relentless pressures, distractions and negativity. By overriding your instinctive negativity bias and fight, flight or freeze brain reaction to perceived threat, you can shift your biology and neurology to think clearly, see others’ perspectives and speak authentically.
Who Can Benefit?
How many times in your life have you been told to “Pay Attention!”? How often do you “wake up” to realize your mind has wandered or sped ahead of the discussion? Do you lose your ability to operate effectively under pressure or overwhelm? Are you critical of yourself when you make a mistake or experience a major setback?
Do you long to get out of the day-to-day and instead plan long term so as to attend to what matters most? Do you forget to take stock of your own wellbeing physically, mentally and emotionally? Do you find yourself adopting a defensive or protective armour, rather than opening your mind and heart to others?
If your answer to any of the above questions is 'yes', then mindfulness training may be a good fit for you.
How Does It Work?
Advances in the field of neuroscience in the last few years have given us evidence of how Mindfulness Training addresses these issues by improving the neural network structure of the brain and integrating the alarm functions with the analytical reasoning functions.
Mindfulness Training builds brain integration through practices of focused and sustained attention, open awareness and compassion.
This moves us from trying to control what can’t be controlled to a place of acceptance and “going with”.
It helps us transform a reactive response to a calm and nimble one; from being distracted to being clear, curious and creative; and from leading only by doing to a more profound connection with ourselves and others.
This allows a leader to cultivate trust and a sense of meaning and purpose in teams.
Mindfulness Training can help the mind to stay in the present moment and keep it calm and centred even in highly stressful moments.
It can also help you to quiet your inner critic, and instead focus your energy and intelligence on learning from a mistake and finding a solution.
Mindfulness Training can be done one-on-one or in groups. Rilla has studied, practiced and led groups in Eastern and Western countries for over 30 years.