Defuse Negative Thoughts and Stories

Negative thoughts are a part of living – we all tend to have them. However, if we entertain them, they undermine our self-belief and self-confidence.  They can be persistent and destructive. Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us, “We are not our thoughts”.  Our minds make up negative stories all the time and we come to believe that … Continue reading “Defuse Negative Thoughts and Stories”

Our Thoughts Can Affect Our Performance

In the previous post, I discussed how nervousness can affect your mind and body and impact your performance.  I also looked at two strategies – naming your feelings and accessing your success anchor – to gain control over your nervousness.  In this post, I want to focus on how our thoughts can affect our performance. … Continue reading “Our Thoughts Can Affect Our Performance”

Creativity through Mindfulness

Over several blog posts I have explored the relationship between mindfulness and creativity.  In this post, I want to bring these ideas together to provide a more complete picture of how to develop creativity through mindfulness. Mindfulness creates the internal environment for creativity through the following: Stillness and silence We discussed previously how creative people … Continue reading “Creativity through Mindfulness”

Remember the R.A.I.N.

R.A.I.N. is a meditation process designed to help you when you have a situation where you experience strong negative feelings towards another person.  The process was recently introduced by Tara Brach as part of the Power of Awareness Course. The acronym stands for Recognise, Accept, Investigate and Nurture.  Each of these steps can be undertaken … Continue reading “Remember the R.A.I.N.”

Forgiveness Meditation

Forgiveness meditation embraces three aspects of forgiveness – forgiving ourselves, forgiving someone else who hurt us and asking for forgiveness from someone we have hurt.  These can be combined in one meditation or undertaken as separate meditations because of the level of emotion potentially involved. A combined forgiveness meditation is offered by Diana Winston who … Continue reading “Forgiveness Meditation”

Overcoming a Toxic Work Environment through Action Learning

Dr. Rod Waddington, PhD, recently published an article about his doctoral research which incorporated action learning as a central intervention.  His article, Improving the work climate in a TVET [Technical & Vocational Education} college through changing conversations, tracks his intervention as Human Resource Development (HRD) Manager in a college in South Africa that had five … Continue reading “Overcoming a Toxic Work Environment through Action Learning”

Mindfulness and Action Learning: Building Self-Awareness

So far in this blog, I have explored how agency contributes to mental health and how both action learning and mindfulness build agency –  managerial agency and employee agency. In this post, I want to explore one of the elements that action learning and mindfulness have in common – self-awareness.  To the extent that action … Continue reading “Mindfulness and Action Learning: Building Self-Awareness”

Be Bold, Be Creative

In recent blog posts, I have identified how mindfulness opens the way to creative ideas through: avoiding negative thoughts and stories; and opening up to the mind’s spaciousness through stillness and silence. However, it is one thing to generate creative ideas; it is another to act on them.   Being creative requires boldness.  The very definition of … Continue reading “Be Bold, Be Creative”

Opening to Creativity through Mindfulness

Professor Amanda Sinclair, in her book Leading Mindfully, devotes a chapter to the theme, Opening to Creativity.   She argues that one of the ways that mindfulness releases creativity is through “turning down” the self-judging function of our brain which invariable acts to thwart creative activity.  This negative self-assessment is a major blockage to creativity. Amanda … Continue reading “Opening to Creativity through Mindfulness”

Mindfulness and Yoga for Addiction Release

In a discussion of the interaction between mind, body and spirit, Surbhi Khanna & Jeffrey Greeson acknowledge the complementarity of yoga and meditation – both require paying attention to experiences and related emotions as they happen. They suggest that the “loss-addiction cycle” arises from a number of sources: Addictions are born as a result of ‘mindless’ … Continue reading “Mindfulness and Yoga for Addiction Release”