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Even a single mindfulness meditation session can reduce anxiety: People with anxiety show reduced stress on the arteries after 1-hour introductory session

Even a single mindfulness meditation session can reduce anxiety: People with anxiety show reduced stress on the arteries after 1-hour introductory session | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety, one of the most common mental health disorders in the US. New research suggests people can begin to derive psychological and physiological benefits from the practice after a single introductory session.
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Quite a finding: even a single session can reduce anxiety. So important to get people started on mindfulness practice!
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200 Meditation Quotes for Practice and Daily Life

200 Meditation Quotes for Practice and Daily Life | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Meditation quotes about practice, insights, transcendence, and integrating meditation into your life. Wisdom of Buddha, Vivekananda, and others.
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This is a fun and inspiring collection of quotes about meditation and mindfulness. Everyone will find some that really speak to them. The whole website is excellent!
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Meditators Under the Microscope

Meditators Under the Microscope | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
The science of mindfulness: What we know, what we don't know, and what the future holds.
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The article describes important work being done in the field of mindfulness research. The findings are encouraging, but more and especially BETTER research is needed to maximize the effectiveness of the set of practices we know as mindfulness.
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What Does Headspace Want?

What Does Headspace Want? | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Folding the goal-less nature of meditation into the culture of gamification surrounding apps, Headspace is "winning" on the mindfulness market. But has the app's recent redesign satisfied a larger user base at the expense of deeper convictions? #apps
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Well-structured and fair review of the newly updated Headspace app. If you're a current user or just curious about Headspace, this is a worthwhile read.
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4 Ways to Be Mindful All the Time (Without Needing to Meditate) - Wellnesscom

4 Ways to Be Mindful All the Time (Without Needing to Meditate) - Wellnesscom | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
When we usually think of mindfulness, we picture someone in solitude meditating in a calm environment. But can you practice mindfulness throughout the day in the presence of other people? The answer is yes, you can practice mindfulness anywhere. Being with a person – partner, colleague, kids, friends or neighbors – is one of the …
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Good, short article about simple ways to be more mindful throughout the day. And while I heartily endorse these, I do wish the author had pointed out how hard and how tricky it is to REMEMBER to do these things! The regular practice of meditation is a powerful ally for doing exactly that: remembering.
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Can Mindfulness Training Help Organizations Be More Effective?

Can Mindfulness Training Help Organizations Be More Effective? | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
A sharper, more mindful employee makes for a creative, more collaborative environment at work.
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Eleven members of Forbes Human Resources Council discuss the practice and list some of the main benefits of mindfulness for both employees and their organizations. Nice to see how consistent they are. And of course, my answer to the title question is a resounding yes! 
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The Japanese skill copied by the world

The Japanese skill copied by the world | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.
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enjoy this wonderful piece about how mindfulness in Japan is a way of life rather than a 15-minute practice. Quite inspiring!
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Digital Mindfulness Live - Digital Mindfulness

Digital Mindfulness Live - Digital Mindfulness | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Digital Mindfulness Live is a unique live experience bringing together the digital community to shape the future of the industry.
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Looks like an awesome event in London England at the end of May. Wish I could attend!
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How Compassion and Mindfulness Are Changing Dreamforce

How Compassion and Mindfulness Are Changing Dreamforce | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
What’s the best way to join forces and solve the most important problems we all face? Compassion.
That’s why we’ve designated Friday, October 7 as Compassion Day at Dreamforce.
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With a full program of mindfulness and compassion at Dreamforce 2016, I think one can say with confidence that mindfulness has arrived! I, for one, see this as a good thing.
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Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now - California Health Report

Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now - California Health Report | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
By Matt Perry Imagine you’re swimming in a muddy river, trying desperately to peer through the muck. You face a swirl of confusing obstacles.
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Inspiring story about a woman who is making a difference for caregivers of people with dementia. I love this: "Caregivers are taught to first stop and connect with the dementia patient, to “check in” and see them as a living, breathing person instead of merely a task to be accomplished. Walking together is done slowly and mindfully. If caregivers ever feel rushed they are encouraged to stop, take two breaths, then continue."
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5 Steps To Mindfully Embrace Criticism At Work & At Home - About Meditation

5 Steps To Mindfully Embrace Criticism At Work & At Home - About Meditation | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
How can you gracefully embrace criticism at work and at home? It's hard to do. But mindfulness can make all the difference and these 5 steps will help you.
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A concise and enjoyable article with 5 steps anyone can take to make better use of negative feedback.
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The Four Keys to Well-Being

The Four Keys to Well-Being | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
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An excellent short article that summarizes decades of research that points the way to developing well-being. One practice that keeps being mentioned? You guessed it - mindfulness.
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How Google And Twitter Train Their Employees To Be More Mindful

How Google And Twitter Train Their Employees To Be More Mindful | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
From formal courses to online communities, tech giants are realizing that their employees want new tools to solve age-old problems.
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Love this quote from Google: "We find that people often take interest in our mindfulness programs because they not only want to be able to develop the skills to focus and pay attention to the task at hand, but they also want to learn how to clear their minds so they can be more innovative and creative thinkers. Mindfulness is a powerful tool to develop a stronger capability to handle ambiguity and complexity..."  A good set of ideas about workplace mindfulness, but missing the idea of support from top executives - a key success factor, in my opinion. 

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11 little known laws of mindfulness that will change the way you live your life

11 little known laws of mindfulness that will change the way you live your life | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
2) A negative thought is harmless unless you believe it.
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Succinct and spot on! I love this little piece!
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4 Best Mindfulness Games for Adults (Our Review for 2018)

4 Best Mindfulness Games for Adults (Our Review for 2018) | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Games are about competition. Practice for winning at all costs. Mindfulness games are different. They are about healing, beating stress and having fun.
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What a concept! Mindfulness games! This article looks at 4 games that aim to develop mindfulness. At first blush, none of them actually sounds like a whole lot of fun to play, but I love the point that mindfulness can be done with others instead of just by yourself.  
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Mindfulness and presence

Mindfulness and presence | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness at work, mindfulness exercises, mindfulness business benefits
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This article is a quick overview of the impetus behind workplace mindfulness and as a bonus, provides several links to some excellent materials. Definitely worth checking out!
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"Mindfulness" isn't a life hack

"Mindfulness" isn't a life hack | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness—the practice of cultivating awareness and presence—is the business buzz word. Touted as a wellbeing panacea, mindfulness training has been adopted by American institutions of all kinds, from corporations to prisons, schools, and hospitals. Writer Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious, blames the mindfulness craze for contributing to national anxiety. She told Quartz that corporations are using these wellbeing programs to distract from serious systemi
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This article takes aim at corporate mindfulness programs and is highly critical of them. Yet the results I see in my programs every day make me proud of the difference I'm making. I understand her argument, but I disagree with her conclusion.
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What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing? | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Relentless pace of doing wears down mental and physical health. What you need to do while refreshing is have a sense of choice. See if you can feel choice and how it feels.
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Nice blog on our relationship to our "doing". He says: "So the crux is not so much the doing itself but our relationship to it. How can we do what we do without getting pressed and stressed, contracted and driven, about it?"
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22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities For Adults (+ PDF's)

22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities For Adults (+ PDF's) | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has become a well-known term, and with that people want to learn more. Here are 22 exercises for groups, individuals, and practitioners.
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A rich article chock full of easy practices, many in PDF format! A valuable resource to access quickly when the need is there either for oneself or for a client, team member, etc. Definitely worth exploring.
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Five steps to mindfulness in your working day

Five steps to mindfulness in your working day | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Here is a step-by-step breathing practice to introduce mindfulness into your work day. https://t.co/c8VT2ras7S #mindfulness https://t.co/XUp3WHsPJR
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An employee at Virgin provides simple steps to follow to bring a little mindfulness into a workday. One of the comments laments that Virgin does not have a mindfulness facilitator on site. So a big shout out here to Shopify, where I coach and teach mindfulness and lead sessions for employees - few employers are as dedicated to the well-being of their employees as Shopify is.
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3 mistakes to avoid when you start meditating

3 mistakes to avoid when you start meditating | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Meditation can be live changing but it's also challenging! Michelle Reeves shares 3 mistakes to avoid when starting out (hint: she did them too)
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I like this blog's simple and obvious truths that accurately describe three expectations that undermine the efforts of many, if not most, people when they start a new practice for the first time. 

TL;DR Don't let the images in the media throw you off!
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Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits - Neural Beings

Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits - Neural Beings | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Contemplative practices that extend back thousands of years show a multitude of benefits for both body and mind Oct 14, 2014 |By Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz and Richard J.
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Clearly-written and highly informative, this article keeps the neuroscience at a level everyone can understand. Highly recommended.
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4 Mindfulness Tips to Stay Focused, Outsmart Distraction & Achieve Your Goals - About Meditation

4 Mindfulness Tips to Stay Focused, Outsmart Distraction & Achieve Your Goals - About Meditation | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Are you looking for mindfulness tips to stay focused on what matters most? All of us struggle with distraction in the digital age. These 4 tips can help.
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This excellent article will be helpful to anyone who struggles with focus. I love the Bruce Lee quote at the beginning!
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Workplace Mindfulness Can Aid Focus, Employee Bonds

Workplace Mindfulness Can Aid Focus, Employee Bonds | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness training in the workplace has been found to enhance focus, lower stress levels, and help foster employee camaraderie, according to a new
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This article cites a review of some 4,000 studies of mindfulness and the conclusions are clear: mindfulness has many positive effects at the individual and collective level. I look forward to the day when we'll see mindfulness programs in every medium sized or large organization. 
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Building Resilience at Harvard - Mindful

Building Resilience at Harvard - Mindful | workplace mindfulness | Scoop.it
How Harvard started a mindfulness program to address staff stress.
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Staff stress remains the number one reason why companies and organizations want to introduce mindfulness programs. And increased resilience to stress remains the number one benefit that people get from those programs. That's just the way it is.
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