Mindfulness means the ability to ““bring one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis.” Why all the attention on mindfulness? It works, it’s accessible to everyone and is a tool that needs no special equipment to practice. Yoga techniques and meditation techniques are both important practices toward mindfulness.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is promoting mindfulness through their “Mind the Moment” program to help employees tap into their own strength to manage stress, increase focus and stay healthy. Here’re some great resources that HPHC has compiled on meditation and mindfulness.
Aetna recently teamed up with Duke University to study the benefits of Mindfulness through yoga and meditation to reduce stress and support good health. Results were so positive they have made the practice available to all 30,000 employees.
International Leadership Tony Schwartz’s blog for the Harvard Business Review, the Energy Project, is how their #1 Blog. The project promotes tools and habits for balancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health including yoga and meditation.
The American Psychological Association offers a review of recent research conducted that shows mindfulness practices lead to:
► improved health and overall quality of life
► reduction in anxiety and depression
► increased concentration
► a stronger ability to cope more effectively with stress in daily life
If you are interested in learning about the benefits of mindfulness and how the tools of simple yoga and meditation can work for you and your team, contact Deb Cook, PRACTICE founder, Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Organizational Consultant for more information.
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