Meaning and Mindfulness – Wellness at Work and in Your Life


I am now working on two workshops. The one will be about Wellness and Mindfulness incorporating Mindfulness @ work. The other will be working on a Nonviolence Living workshop for young people. This will be based on the Principles at the Metta Centre for NonViolence:

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In his book: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl talks about his form of therapy as Logotherapy. The word ‘Logos’ is Greek and denotes “meaning”. Logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man’s search for such meaning. According to Logotherapy “…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Man’s Search for Meaning 2008 page 104.

Defining Mindfulness – Quoted from page 9 of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ by Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall, April 2013.

“Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who first developed mindfulness in a therapeutic setting, says: ‘Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible’.
You can break down the meaning even further:

1. Paying attention. To be mindful, you need to pay attention, whatever you choose to attend to…

2. Present moment. The reality of being in the here and now means you just need to be aware of the way things are, as they are now…

3. Non-reactively. Normally, when you experience something, you automatically react to that experience according to your past conditioning… Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts… (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness for Dummies delves deeper into mind- ful responses.)

4. Non-judgementally. The temptation is to judge experience as good or bad, something you like or dislike… Letting go of judgements helps you to see things as they are rather than through the filter of your personal judgements based on past conditioning…

5. Openheartedly. Mindfulness isn’t just an aspect of mind. Mindfulness is of the heart as well. To be open-hearted is to bring a quality of kindness, compassion, warmth and friendliness to your experience… For more on attitudes to cultivate for mindfulness, see Chapter 4 of Mindfulness for Dummies.”

I am also influenced by a course I completed through Case Western Reserve University on Coursera called: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.
I am thinking of two different methods for different audiences. One will be a face-to-face one day workshop – for locals here in South Africa, the other will be an online workshop of about 1 – 2 hours for those internationally who have an interest. I have found anymeeting to offer the most at the most reasonable price. Any comments, expressions of interest, or suggestions would be welcome.

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The “Happy Show” at the Institute for Contemporary Art

“The quest for happiness has been the direct or indirect subject of a huge chunk of intellectual endeavor: philosophy, theology, psychology, economics and, of course, literature…”

In my view, yes one can train the mind to be happy in a similar way to training the body. Keep the mind turning away from unhappiness and keep turning it towards the positive and towards happiness. This is at first a very conscious effort. Like any habit it takes time to establish the habit of happiness.

New Your Times Art and Design article: (accessed 06/04/2012)