Excerpts from the Business Mindfulness Training eBook
Written by Erika Marcoux and Jenn Fairbank
Cornerstone’s Business Mindfulness Training teaches you how to meditate, which decreases stress and will impact your bottom line. We use scientifically-based techniques that work. We show how to use mindfulness in your everyday life to reduce stress and reach your highest potential. You have a baseline of functioning and this set point is movable. With deliberate training, you can function at a higher level.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the cost of stress to businesses is $300 billion a year. U.S. employers spend 200 to 300 percent more for the indirect costs of health care—in the form of absenteeism, sick days, and lower productivity—than they do on actual health care payments. Two-thirds of visits to the doctor’s office are for stress-related conditions.
Excessive stress negatively impacts your bottom line. People can experience sleepless nights, difficult relationships, and even physical illness, which is debilitating and destructive. It amazes us how organizations spend excessive amounts of money and time trying to be productive. One of the best—and cheapest— ways businesses can have healthier and happier employees and retain top talent is through mindfulness.
Cornerstone mindfulness training teaches you how to meditate, which decreases stress and will impact your bottom line. We are nationally-trained mindfulness experts, both having Masters Degrees in the field of psychology. We are authors and teach mindfulness meditation in our corporate trainings, events, and private practices. We genuinely believe that business is changing and using meditation is the evolutionary change.
We use scientifically-based techniques that work.
Mindfulness research proves that meditation prolongs your life, improves sleep, increases weight loss, and decreases physical pain. Meditation increases emotional regulation and your decision-making ability. Your brain literally grows, which significantly increases your brain function. The benefits include an increase in memory, creativity, and attention. Deliberate training with Cornerstone will give you the mental skills to function at your highest level.
Businesses like Google, Yahoo, and Intel are utilizing mindfulness because they know that meditation is the key to success. If you want to stay in the game and have a strong competitive edge, meditating is the secret.
Cornerstone’s Business Mindfulness Training provides a simple and easy to practice program that distills an abundance of information from psychology and neuroscience. We provide an in depth understanding of how your brain actually functions. Having this knowledge is powerful. Neuroscience is proving how the practice of meditation literally changes the size and function of your brain.
People worldwide have practiced meditation throughout history because it works. Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs are a few examples of highly successful people who used meditation to change and shape the world.
Through their deep concentration and focus, they delivered brilliant contributions. These influencers knew how to use stress to their advantage by connecting with a deeper part of themselves. For you it’s all about perception. If you want to decrease stress and improve your work performance, you’re in the right place.
What does mindfulness meditation mean to you? Our definition of mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment with acceptance. Most of you practice mindfulness without even knowing it and there are many different ways to do it. Mindfulness occurs naturally, is scientifically based, and not religious.
Our definition of stress is an external force that we meet while seeking to maintain internal balance. This balance can be physical, emotional, behavioral, or mental. Practicing mindfulness helps you achieve a relaxed alert state. Relaxation is the foundation of deep concentration.
How can you use stress to your advantage?
It starts by knowing that not all stress is bad. We all need a certain amount of stress in our lives in order to function effectively and this is individually determined. What is stressful to you may not be to someone else and vice versa. The important thing is balance.
Think about stress from a physical perspective. Stress was originally a mechanical term. It refers to measuring the internal forces that act within a physical body. Let’s consider gravity to be that force. Gravity is what makes our bones and muscles strong. Astronauts in zero-gravity conditions experience bone deterioration, muscle atrophy, and a decrease in production of red blood cells. In short, we need stress to be physically healthy.
The more familiar definition of stress is an external force, which can be real or imagined, that we meet while seeking to maintain internal balance. The stress can be physical, emotional, behavioral, or mental. Unhealthy stress occurs when we fail to maintain this internal balance. We are in a constant state of adaptation in relation to external challenges. Any growth can be uncomfortable because it’s unfamiliar.
Constant irritations can cause more stress than big events.
Your ability to adapt and grow is what makes you resilient. Using stress to your advantage is learning to maintain a condition of balance within your internal environment while faced with external challenges.
The key is changing the way you respond to stress. Meditation helps you maintain this internal balance. The way to limit the harmful effects of stress is to set up blocks and know that you do have a certain amount of control.
Stress starts in the mind. If you think a situation is difficult, then the domino effect begins. The next domino to fall is your behavior when you react instead of respond, which can lead to poor work performance. The third domino to fall is your emotion when you experience difficult emotions, which can negatively impact your relationships. The last domino to fall is your body when you become sick, including increase in heart rate, muscle tension, and decrease in the immune system. If the stressor becomes chronic, illness and disease may result.
The most powerful block to this stress effect is practicing meditation, and we can teach you how.