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Mindfulness isn't new. In fact, it's been around for centuries. What's new is the science behind mindfulness.
Let's face it, we're creatures of science. We tend to believe in what is proven.
Even with the growing amount of research proving the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, the aim remains the same: to elevate a sense of joy and happiness in our lives.
We've moved into a new era of humanity. Our work lives demand levels of attention never seen before.
The demands of the immediate, the flow of huge amounts of information, the onslaught of devices and the inability to turn off are "normal."
Harvard Business Review reports that 47 percent of our time is spent on autopilot, unfocused and distracted.
Imagine what we could do with all that lost time on the job and in our personal life?
Companies now operate in what is called the Attention Economy, where continued success hinges on our ability to focus on strategies and relationships.
Leaders who concentrate their awareness on the situation at hand are shown to demonstrate more steady, thoughtful, flexible and creative influence.
The skills developed through mindfulness helps employees direct their focus where it is needed most.
An astonishing 80 percent of American workers feel stress on the job. And, nearly half say they need 'real' help in dealing with job-related stress.
The overlap of work and home means that stress is in total freefall. There is no separation.
Is stress killing us? The AMA declares 60 percent of all human illness and disease is traced back to stress.
Insurance giant Aetna reduced employee stress-levels by 33% in it's mindfulness-based programs.
As science can now show evidence how mindfulness can positively change the wiring of the brain, the business world has embraced its inclusion in their wellness programs.
MR images reveal mindfulness increases learning and memory-related gray-matter in the hippocampus, changes overall brain-structure, and decreases anxiety and stress-related gray matter.
How mindfulness enhances our lives and the workplace is a focus for us at Retreat To Joy. Learning mindfulness is only one piece of the puzzle. How do we instill a lifetime practice of mindfulness?
This is our mission. We believe that true joy comes from a deep commitment.
We work with outside researchers to better understand the link between commitment and well-being.