Incubate your Innerspace
A Workshop on Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence at Work
This interactive workshop is secular and has no affiliation with any religion, organization or institution.
Today, mindfulness meditation has become integral to employee well-being at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter – where they have established meditation rooms and offer classes throughout the year. It is also actively taught in hundreds of schools and universities across United States and Europe.
Universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley and UCLA are spending millions of dollars on scientific research that reveals the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation. Most of these colleges also have centers and buildings dedicated to teaching this practice.
Nirali Shah has been invited to offer talks and workshops at Silicon Valley companies such as Google, fast-growing startups, incubators (Work-in-Progress founded by Tony Hsieh from Zappos) as well as institutions like General Assembly in San Francisco. Currently, she is also involved with a project on mindfulness meditation with Stanford University.
Why do we need these practices?
Our biology and nervous system has evolved over a long period of time in a close relationship with nature. Most of us find ourselves in hyperactive cities living in a competitive environment compounded by technology- that our biology does not expect and this creates stress, overstimulation and even alarming levels of anxiety.
Much of our stress and restlessness stems from a sense of discontent in the mind and a lack of rootedness in the body. To add to that, the startup life, while being very fulfilling can also be intensely demanding on our body, our relationships and our emotional and mental health.
In the competitive ecosystem of fast-growing tech companies where the motto is “Grow fast or Die Slow” – if you are internally centered you can tap into great reserves of creative energy, focus and resilience even in the face of massive challenges.
If you are not rooted on a firm ground, your inner stability and personal life will get swallowed. Research shows that if left unmanaged, chronic stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even grave physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Unfortunately, our schools or colleges are not designed to teach us essential tools and modalities for self-care and psychological well-being.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness is a capacity of purposefully bringing attention to one’s present moment experience as it arises in the thoughts, emotions or body sensations without judgment; with a willingness to be open and curious.
Modern neuroscience reveals Mindfulness Meditation leads to reduced stress and anxiety and increases concentration, focus and well-being. Mindfulness helps the brain encode its patterns towards greater compassion and emotional resilience in face of difficult challenges – some of the most critical qualities for success.
A seminal study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. The results of another important study published in NeuroReport show thicker cortical regions related to attention and sensory processing.
Studies show that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both illnesses.
In this two-hour workshop we will cover:
1) Understanding the power of 'Mindfulness Meditation'
2) Experiencing the practice through guided meditation.
3) Discover the role of empathy in the workplace. How do we live with presence and foster deeper connections?
4) Learn how to practice “self-compassion” that can lead to more better physical and emotional well-being.
4) Understanding the biology of how stress works in the body and how mindfulness can help release it from its roots.
6) Overview of the Neuroscience of Mindfulness and its deep connection with neuroplasticity, based on recent studies at Stanford, Harvard, University of Wisconsin and UCLA.
7) Learning to see how our personal well-being is connected to our response to greater well-being and healing of the planet.
· You will receive a list of resources to continue these practices on your own.
· A framework to deal with stressful situations with real life examples.
· Guided Meditation Mp3 to practice daily at home.
Pre-reqs & Preparation
Bring a notepad and a pen. Please unplug - turn off all electronics.