If you have decided to introduce a programme of mindfulness into your organisation then it is likely that you will need to identify someone who will deliver this on your behalf.
The Mindful Nation (2015) states that there are approximately 2,200 qualified teachers of mindfulness in the UK who have trained to an acceptable minimum standard over the last ten years. This is not nearly enough to meet demand, and there are concerns that some individuals are ‘cashing in’ on the current enthusiasm for mindfulness by offering training that they are not qualified to deliver.
So, if you are hoping to bring mindfulness into your workplace, how can you make sure that you find the right person to help you to do this?
First, it is important to be clear what sort of mindfulness based intervention you would like to use. Some examples of what you might include are as follows:
The provision of MBSR/CT (Mindfulness based stress reduction/cognitive therapy) courses
The standard programme for these is for 2.5 hours taught time per week for eight weeks, although there may be some variation on the theme for this. Participants also need to commit to their own daily mindfulness meditation practice for the duration of this programme. Ideally, this should be thirty to forty-five minutes a day.
Support for employees to continue their own practice in the workplace
This may take the form of a weekly mindfulness meditation group for those who have already completed an MBSR/CT course.
Mindfulness based coaching
Many work-based coaches are now offering this approach to underpin their practice.
Mindfulness based leadership development programmes
Here, mindfulness based approaches may be integrated with the development of self awareness and emotional intelligence as a part of leadership development programmes.
Mindfulness for creatives
Mindfulness has been demonstrated to improve creativity and can be integrated with other approaches to further develop this skill.
Mindfulness for improved communication
This might include integrating mindfulness based approaches into meetings, one-to-one communication and indeed even email communication.
When selecting an expert, it is important that they understand the context in which you are operating and the benefits you hope will be achieved. For example, if you are looking for someone to deliver mindfulness based leadership development programmes; they should be experienced in designing and delivering solutions for leadership development, as well as an experienced and qualified mindfulness teacher.
You should be confident that your chosen mindfulness teacher has their own well established mindfulness meditation practice. In addition, they should 'embody' the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness. These are: Patience, Non-judging, Letting Go, Non-Striving, Acceptance, Beginners Mind and Trusting.
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Deryl Dix, Facilitator and Consultant
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