6 Pillars of Mindfulness Training
One of the services of Leading Minds Executive Coaching is workplace mindfulness training. Emmie Stamell spearheads these programs using her innovative 6 Pillar training model, which incorporates the elements described below. She provides a brief didactic overview for each of the pillars and engages trainees in practical exercises to incorporate mindfulness strategies into their daily lives, including in the workplace.
- Concentration: Stabilizing attention to work tasks and avoiding multitasking (or at least doing it more effectively). Breath awareness meditation is one of the exercises to enhance this kind of concentration.
- Resilience: Being more flexible in response to rapidly evolving circumstances and bouncing back quickly from setbacks. Training can empower people to be more reflective and proactive about their personal resilience strategies.
- Equanimity (Balance): Developing an evenness of mind to increase tranquility, and avoid reacting impulsively. Recalling a challenging circumstance and practicing calm observation of emotions, thoughts, and sensations is one effective way of cultivating equanimity.
- Compassion: Redirecting harsh criticism, self-judgment or guilt — and instead fostering forgiveness of self and others, even when mistakes are made. Recent studies have confirmed a correlation between productivity and self-forgiveness.
- Communication: Skillful communication makes for fulfilling interpersonal connections, which increases joy, creativity, and a sense of psychological safety in the workplace.
- Meaning: A sense of purpose and meaning is essential to workplace happiness. There are a couple levels involved in working with this pillar including clarifying core values and investigating impermanence as a constant feature of experience.
You can read more about the 6 Pillar approach to mindfulness in our article in Training Industry: https://www.trainingindustry.c
And here is a link to our Harvard Business Review article on how mindfulness training can enhance executive coaching: https://hbr.org/
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