by Justin Standfield
During Learning At Work Week (14th to 20th May), we facilitated some mindfulness sessions at global cyber security company, Sophos. This was good timing as it was also Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, and the benefits of mindfulness for greater mental wellbeing are well-documented. Rob Maddalena, Senior Director for Learning & Development at Sophos was pleased with the impact of these taster workshops – some of his comments are captured in the video below.
As well as equipping the workshop participants with some immediately applicable mindfulness techniques, we also discussed the underpinning assumptions that are helpful to cultivate as we try mindfulness. These are:
Intention – Your intention is what you hope to get from practising mindfulness. You may want stress reduction, greater emotional balance or to discover your true self. The strength of your intention helps to motivate you to practise mindfulness on a daily basis and shapes the quality of your mindful awareness.
Attention – Mindfulness is about paying attention to your inner and outer experience. Mindful attention is mainly developed through different types of meditation – either formal or informal (eg. when queuing, cleaning or walking).
Attitude – Mindfulness involves paying attention to certain attitudes, such as curiosity, acceptance and kindness.
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