Mirabai Bush on Mindfulness at Google

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In this episode, Mirabai Bush talks about how to integrate mindfulness into the workplace, using her experience of creating the mindfulness programme at Google.

Most people today are asked to improve performance at work with fewer resources and tighter deadlines, all while dealing with equally stressed co-workers and clients. This toxic combination leads to employee burnout and harms organizations. While people may not have control over stressors at work, mindfulness-based exercises are a scientifically proven, natural way to manage one’s responses to them.

Mirabai Bush’s mindfulness trainings for the workplace are based on traditional Buddhist practices to help reduce stress, increase productivity, and encourage creative problem solving.

Mirabai is a Key Contributor to Google’s Search Inside Yourself Curriculum.

She has released a new CD called Working With Mindfulness. You can get this at morethansound.net

Also visit contemplativemind.org for lots of resources.

Mark Williamson on Action for Happiness

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This week we have Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness. Action for Happiness is essentially a movement for positive social change.

They focus on bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. Here's the questions we discussed on the show in this episode.

  1. Why do you think happiness is important?
  2. Can you say what you do in your work for action for happiness?
  3. How has working for AfH changed your life personally?
  4. Do you know any examples of how AfH has helped someone get out of depression/anxiety?
  5. I know you're a fan of mindfulness. Why do you like it?
  6. Could you finish with 3 practical tips to help our listeners be a bit happier?

Check out ActionforHappiness.org to join this wonderful movement!

Professor Frank Bond on Mindfulness, ACT and the workplace

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Professor Bond is Director of the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, here in the UK.

He’s co-author of ‘Acceptance and Commitment Theory’. He talks about his experience with using ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) to improve performance and reduce stress in the workplace. A fascinating episode. I hope you enjoy it and remember to leave a comment to let me know what you thought of the show, and if you would like more.

Professor Mark Williams on Mindfulness and Therapy

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Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, Welcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

He has been working closely with the Centre of Suicide Research since 2003 on a large Welcome Trust Programme to investigate psychological mechanisms in suicidal behaviour in recurrent depression. His research now continues as part of the Mindfulness Centre, focusing on understanding the psychological processes that underlie depression and suicidal behaviour and the development of new psychological treatments. He co-developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and is the author of several books, including "Suicide and Attempted Suicide", "The Mindful Way Through Depression" and "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" as well as authoring over 175 articles and chapters on psychological models and treatment of depression and suicidality.