How can the modern workplace become a source of inner peace and global transformation? During this workshop, Mirabai Bush and Gopi Kallayil will explore why and how organizations such as Google teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills and offer yoga programs at work. These wellness initiatives are offered through innovative experiential learning programs such as Search Inside Yourself (SIY) and Yoglers. The SIY curriculum and methodology is based on the realization that the solutions to many of our problems lie within ourselves, and that by practicing mindfulness at work, we can become more emotionally intelligent, recover from adversity more easily and swiftly, and create possibilities for ourselves and our organizations to flourish. Building on these ideas and best practices, participants can learn how to create a community of mindfulness in their workplaces.
Participants will be taught contemplative practices including methods designed for the workplace, like mindful emailing and mindful listening. At work, these methods have been shown to enhance mental fitness and clarity, develop agile and adaptive mindsets, reduce stress responses, increase resilience, enhance creativity, develop greater self-awareness and communication skills, and increase overall well-being. This workshop is designed for individuals and also for workplace managers.