What is Mindfulness?

Melissa likes to describe mindfulness as living in the moment, aware of when the mind has trailed off somewhere else, and the ability to reset and refocus on the present once again - because the present moment is the source of your greatest power.

There is the formal practice of Mindfulness which typically involves sitting quietly attuning to your breath and noticing your thoughts and feelings. There is also the informal practice of Mindfulness which involves being present and aware as you go through any activity. It is mindfulness in motion. It requires no extra time.

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Why Incorporate Mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation provides a distinct competitive advantage. It is the best kept secret of next-level business leaders and professional athletes, allowing them to harness their drive to perform, while maintaining their ability to stay calm and present.

It is critical to stay calm under fire when you’re making a difficult decision, feeling business or athletic performance pressure, or finding a creative solution to a challenging problem.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of practicing mindfulness are to develop coping skills that last a lifetime. Our programs are proven to:

  • Decrease stress, anxiety, depression, aggression or other psychological distress
  • Enhance mental health and functioning
  • Increase emotional regulation and self-control
  • Increase focus and attention
  • Enhance resilience and performance
  • Reduce symptoms of burnout and/or turnover
  • Enhance job performance, creativity, and innovation
  • Reduce health insurance costs
  • Increase your confidence and ability to win
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80% of workers feel stress on the job. Nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.
— The American Institute of Stress, 2017
90% of all illness and disease is related to stress.
— U.S. Federal Government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
 
 
Studies from The National Institutes of Health, University of Massachusetts and Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University show that meditation enhances the qualities companies need most from their workers: increased brain-wave activity, enhanced intuition, better concentration and the alleviation of the kinds of aches and pains that plague employees most.
— Business Week Magazine
At the Tower Companies in Bethesda, after a majority of employees began meditating, the employees’ hospital admissions and physician visits dropped so much, the firm’s insurer reduced the company’s premium by 5 percent and agreed to pay 80 percent of the meditation course costs.
— The Washington Post
Recent research has shown that meditation is good for the brain. It appears to increase grey matter, improve the immune system, reduce stress and promote a sense of well being…and can also affect attention.
— The New York Times