Brief Mindfulness is a new approach to mindfulness, designed specifically for the busy workplace. Brief Mindfulness makes stress-reduction and performance improvement quicker and easier to access and integrates it into productive activity.
Brief Mindfulness can be guided by a coach, and individuals can learn to practice it for themselves.
Rapid Stress Reduction
This is a coaching approach for dealing with particular stressors, that often produces remarkable change in minutes. For example,
Ed was feeling “stressed, exhausted and scared” by an upcoming deadline. $24,000 of his own money was at stake. And he kept falling behind schedule. But after the Brief Mindfulness coaching, he felt “excitement, enthusiasm and joy.” He was in his “happy space” as he put it. In a meeting later that day somebody commented on his particularly “sunny disposition” (more details here).
You can find other results in this summary.
Learning Brief Mindfulness
People can learn to practice Brief Mindfulness for themselves. This is similar to learning MBSR or other common forms of mindfulness, but with a few key differences:
There’s a shorter process for engaging with mindfulness during the day. It takes 30 seconds and doesn’t involve closing your eyes or changing your posture – but participants tell me they find it just as effective as a more conventional 3 minute breathing space.
As well as clear awareness, Brief Mindfulness helps create a clear sense of purpose. This is invaluable in integrating mindfulness into productive activity.
- Brief Mindfulness includes a number of other ways to cultivate awareness and focus within the context of work – many of which take less than a minute.
The result is that Brief Mindfulness makes the benefits of mindfulness more easily accessed and embedded in midst of a busy working day.