A regular practise of Mindfulness can bring multiple benefits. Thrive offers a variety of Mindfulness courses that introduce the principles of Mindfulness and allow people to develop their own practice. Being mindful simply means directing your attention to your thoughts, feelings or surroundings without passing judgment about your experience. It’s about being in the present moment, or simply being, not doing.
The introduction of Mindfulness into the western world is largely thanks to the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School and creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.
Kabat-Zinn defines Mindfulness as:
“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”
Mindfulness has become a popular topic as more and more evidence shows that regular practice (e.g. simple meditation) brings many benefits, including lower stress, better mood, improve working memory and improved capacity to maintain focus.
Many employers are taking note and offer Mindfulness sessions in many forms, from drop-in classes to long-term self-development programmes. One of the great pioneers of the latter is Genentech, California-based biotech company (now part of the Roche Group). Genentech designed and implemented the Personal Excellence Program (PEP), a Mindfulness-based development programme that reports a 2:1 return on investment. You can learn more about PEP in a review article in Harvard Business Review.
Our Mindfulness courses
If you would like to implement Mindfulness in your organisation there are many ways to do this. A simple starting point is our one day Mindfulness in Practice course, run by Dr Melanie Tokley, who is both a Clinical Neuropsychologist and mindfulness teacher. Mel has a Master's Degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the University of Oxford. Melanie has a special research interest in the neurobiology of mindfulness and meditation practices and has written extensively on neuroscientific theories about how mindfulness works.