Mindfulness and Meaning at Work: How Conscious Business Practices Increase Success and Fulfillment
From Google to Harvard Business School, Intel to the Davos World Economic Forum – mindfulness in business settings is hot. We now have a strong and growing research base that shows that mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence practices can increase productivity, profitability and employee engagement in established corporations. And, newer findings seem to suggest that these practices can increase success rates of start up companies. In this experiential and interactive session, we will explore some of the practices companies are using as well as investigate the results they are getting. We’ll also discuss how to better support New Mexico companies and entrepreneurs who want to gain the benefits of mindfulness initiatives.
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- identify the benefits of mindfulness for both students and teachers;
- demonstrate several ways to incorporate nuanced mindfulness practices while teaching; and
- describe how Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) can be used as a creative approach to decrease test anxiety and therefore improve academic performance.
- Explore a simple focusing strategy for managing anxiety;
- Learn how to decrease or eliminate panic attacks and OCD symptoms
- Experience the calm, concentration, and fulfillment of being present with external reality
- Learn how Modern, Trauma-Informed Yoga addresses self-care, self-regulation, self-awareness; the three objectives in supporting survivors of traumatic stress.
- Learn the Eight Domains of Modern, Trauma-Informed Yoga to lead safer and more effective yoga exercises in studios and healthcare settings.
- Learn key findings from the neuroscience of traumatic stress to support teaching Yoga to traumatized individuals.
Take A PAUSE: A Stress Reduction Practice for Parents Who Love Their Kids, But Not Always the Realities of Family Life
This session aims to be an honest and loving look at the “full-catastrophe” of raising children. As parents and caregivers we want to reduce our own stress and be able to model regulation and connection for our children. Participants will be introduced to several of the key elements of mindfulness and how they can be applied to family life. When we know how to pause and become grounded in the present moment we are best able to share with our children what is best in ourselves. Specifically, we will learn the mindfulness-based practice, Take A PAUSE. This practical tool supports participants in forming wise and composed responses to their children and loved ones. Kate Reynolds created this tool and has been using it for many years in therapeutic and clinical settings. Attendees will be able to take this practice home, and to work with clients and colleagues. The content and practices are based on the most current research available regarding mindfulness based relationships between parents and their children.
Am I Doing This Right? The 5 Facet Self-Measure for Mindfulness
It seems that people are consistently asking for feedback about both their meditation and mindfulness practice: “Is it bad that I get distracted?” “Am I doing this right?” “I feel frustrated…does that mean it’s not working?” “I only had time to meditate for 7 minutes, is that enough?” etc.
To address some of these questions, this workshop will provide a meaningful and a gentle kind of a self-feedback experience with a validated and reliable tool for looking at our own mindfulness practice, actually a measure across 5 facets of mindfulness; Observing, Describing, Acting with Awareness, Non-judging of inner experience, and Non-reactivity to inner experience. This mindfulness measure will be discussed interactively with participants and within the framework of how meditation practice anchors our mindfulness and intentionality.
Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals
Dr. Shelley will present on the effects of mindfuness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for healthcare professionals. This presentation will review the problem of burnout in medicine, and then review some recent studies which applied MBSR to this problem. Dr. Shelley will describe the findings from his own work with healthcare providers in Albuquerque New Mexico. This presentation will enable participants to describe the problem of clinician burnout and its implications for healthcare, and explain the current literature about studies of MBSR for clinician burnout.
A Space to Meditate: How to lead effective guided meditations for your kids, students, clients, and patients
As mindfulness meditation becomes a more accepted form of treatment and intervention for a whole spectrum of issues, the need to be able to effectively share the practice with others in skillful ways becomes paramount. Michelle DuVal will draw on her 12+ years of guiding meditations to share with participants some of the basics of effective live guided meditations, including how to adapt a meditation for specific populations, listening for cues during the practice, and the process of clearing.
Mindful Leaders in New Mexico: When We Are Connected, The Solutions Are Endless
Sometimes we just don’t want to acknowledge the severity of a situation and think that if we ignore such things as poverty and violence someone else will take care of it. Well, with mindfulness, we can be that someone else. The idea for this conference was born out of the recognition that a practice of mindfulness brings awareness to the interconnectedness of our world. When recognizing the connections, the solutions are endless. We know that evidence-based research supports the value of mindfulness for reduced healthcare costs, increased employee productivity and greater academic achievement for our children. Yet, most of us are operating in isolation and unaware of how mindfulness is being applied by others in the fields of business, justice, education, health throughout New Mexico. Sidni Lamb, co-founder of this conference will share her vision of turning our collective attention to creating a community of best practices of mindfulness that will make our state healthier and more prosperous.
Mindfulness and Happiness: A Doctor’s Perspective
In this presentation Dr. David Scrase uses a combination of actual case studies and clinical research to demonstrate how the introduction of mindfulness practices (meditation, gratefulness, and others) can lead us to be more focused on the present moment, more self-aware, and, as a result, happier. He will introduce us to the four components of happiness and will end with answering the question, “How do I take what I have learned here today and use it toward greater happiness, for myself and others?”
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