Believe it or not, the brain can be hacked, in a good way. Companies across the globe including Google, Apple, Yahoo, among others are providing mindfulness sessions for their employees. Why? The workplace can be a stressful environment and anything that eliminates stress and increases productivity is a benefit for employees and companies. Research on the subject matter proves mindfulness can improve attention span, develop self-knowledge and self-mastery, unlock creativity, zap stress, lower anxiety and depression while also increasing memory. With so many benefits to practicing mindfulness, who wouldn’t want to give it a try? Would you like to tap into your emotional intelligence? Join Mindfulness expert Cheryl Schirillo at the Center for Creative Economy’s Swerve meetup on Thursday, January 19 , from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Flywheel, located at 525 Vine Street, Winston-Salem. This program is free for Swerve members and $20 for non-members. Lunch is included – registration is required. Potential new members can try the January meeting Free.
What is mindfulness?
While mindfulness has been associated with Buddhism, the art is practiced in companies without a religious affiliation. It’s a way of being conscious of your feelings and emotions, discriminating among them and using the information to guide your thinking and actions. It’s being conscious of the way you breathe, speak, walk, listen and treat others. It’s being able to bring your mind to a clear and calm state so you can be attentive without judgement and make better decisions. “Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can master, and one that can have far reaching benefits in a person’s work life and personal life,” said Cheryl. Mastery however, requires practicing mindfulness on a daily basis.
How is mindfulness practiced?
You don’t need a meditation pillow, or a yoga mat, but what you will need is to set aside some time. The goal is simple, to be aware of what is currently going on around you. For example, if you are mediating and practicing deep breathing, your thoughts may wonder. Mindfulness requires you to take note of your thoughts, don’t judge yourself and to gently return your thoughts to your breathing. This is just one method used by mindfulness coaches to help condition your brain to focus your thoughts on the present.
“Practicing mindfulness has made a change for the better in my life. I’m mindful about when I need to access my creativity or when something stressful is happening and I need to press the reset button. Now, I enjoy teaching others to do the same,” said Cheryl. She has studied Buddhist meditation and Native American and Peruvian nature practices for over a decade. She is also the owner of Schirillo Marketing and PR Inc., and Founder and Co-creator of Imagination Installations, a company where people can record their dreams and discover what others have shared using the statement Imagine When.
Do you want to learn how to use the power of mindfulness to tap into your creativity? Don’t miss the January 19, Swerve meetup with Cheryl Schirillo. To register for the January program or to learn more about the Center for Creative Economy’s Swerve program, visit SwerveTriad.com.
Potential new members can try our January meeting FREE. Register here and use the Promo Code: CreativeEconomy