The way we live and the way we work are crucial to our health and happiness. We spend almost half of our life working, striving for excellence amidst ever increasing demands and expectations. 2020 has brought on disruptions and unprecedented challenges. The global pandemic has led to sudden changes in our personal and work life. Many have experienced anxiety due to the loss of connections, of known routines, the stress of uncertainty, and the added complexities of working from home: new communication platforms, ubiquitous connectivity, constant change, and no downtime.
In these challenging times, more than ever, whether we work in an office building or from home, we need to reclaim a sense of enjoyment, fulfillment, and wellbeing in our work lives, by including a mindfulness practice in our daily routine. Over the last decades, compelling medical evidence has shown that mindfulness, which is rooted in ancient Buddhism, improves our ability to focus and sustain concentration; our emotional intelligence; and our response to stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and adverse events.
This workshop material draws from ancient wisdom, as well as modern medical research, offering an array of practices suitable for our evolving work environment. It covers mindfulness meditation practices for dealing with the stress caused by constant changes and great unknowns, and practises for pausing, gaining perspective, and nourishing joy and wellbeing.
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Mihaela Andronic has studied and practiced mindfulness under the guidance of Zen Master and Nobel peace nominee Thich Nhat Hanh since 2002. Mrs. Andronic holds an M. Eng. degree from Bucharest Polytechnic, and an MA from Sunderland University in U.K. She has extensive experience in applying mindfulness principles in demanding leadership roles, and a first-hand understanding of the challenges we face as professionals today. She has co-led mindfulness retreats in US and Canada and has offered mindfulness workshops at the University of Ottawa since 2012.