Mindfulness at Work

“The busier you are, the more you need mindfulness.” – Harvard Business Review

Why Mindfulness?

Join The Movement

Thousands of organizations worldwide — like Google, Apple and Duke University — are touting the benefits of their mindfulness programs to positively impact the bottom line and enhance:

  • innovation
  • productivity
  • leadership
  • social skills
  • and employee job satisfaction

Research proves that even short bursts of mindfulness-meditation practiced during the day helps people overcome a wide-variety of health-related issues such as stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, and substance abuse. They are also finding that the practice helps people enhance mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory, and creativity and social skills.

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At is most basic level, mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what’s happening in the present moment. Whenever you bring awareness to what you are doing or experiencing in your body and mind, you’re being mindful. Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist meditative traditions that originated over 2,500 years ago. In the words of Walpola Rahula, author of the Buddhist classic What the Buddha Taught,

“Mindfulness is simply observing, watching, examining. You are not a judge but a scientist.”

Cheryl Schirillo also leads two, open to the public, mindfulness-meditation lunch events each month. More info here.

Cost & Customization

Choose Your Program

Bridges offers a range of Mindfulness At Work training programs and classes, tailored for each client to meet the needs and goals of their organization. All of our offerings are experiential and use music to help people relate mindfully—with less stress—to everyday life. Hourly, half-day, and multiple week sessions are available during regular work hours, lunch programs, custom retreats, or as one component of corporate off-site training. Our basic program is a six-week course is aimed to help employees cultivate a sense of balance, focus, and well-being.

How much do programs cost? 
Click here for our fee schedule
and policies for seminars, retreats and weekly sessions. Please also contact Cheryl@mybridges.net to discuss which offering would best suit your organization’s needs. Host organizations may choose to subsidize some or all of the fee, or have participants cover the cost.

What do the programs entail? Our ongoing weekly classes start with the foundations of Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Present Moment and Breathing
  • Exploring Thinking
  • Working with Emotions
  • Managing Common Challenges to Mindfulness Meditation
  • Music and Gentle Movement to Release Stress
  • Integrating Mindfulness Into The Day To Day

Most of our programs take place in a boardroom setting with everyone sitting in chairs wearing their typical work clothes. No experience, or special materials are needed.

 

Benefits

Our Mindfulness Programs Enable Employees To:

  • listen more attentively
  • improve concentration
  • manage stress during busy times
  • sleep better
  • communicate more clearly and kindly
  • direct your thoughts more appropriately
  • focus more consistently
  • empathize more readily
  • renew yourself effectively
  • have more patience
  • Gain a broader perspective for solving problems

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Benefits to Employers:

  • Increased energy and focus
  • Improved quality in productivity
  • Expanded cooperation and teamwork
  • Lower medical costs
  • Decrease of absenteeism
  • Increased morale

Cost of Programs,  click here for more information about our workshops, retreats and weekly sessions. We are eager to help increase innovation, wellness and best practices at your organization.

For information on Cheryl’s public mindfulness lunch events go here.

Financial Impact

The Cost-Benefits of Mindfulness

An article published in the Harvard Business Review titled The Busier You Are, The More You Need Mindfulness, detailed the bottom line benefits of Mindfulness at Work Programs. It pointed out that many people feel they have too much going on at work to take even three minutes focus on meditation. Scientists argue you have too much going on NOT to focus on it. Researchers from the University of Washington found that accuracy rates, ability to multitask, and ability to handle stress significantly improve in those who meditate in the morning most days.

Aetna Proves Mindfulness Improves The Bottom Line

Aetna, one of the leaders of the movement to apply positive psychology practices to work, instituted a mindfulness training program designed to teach employees how to take short breaks to center themselves through meditation and yoga. More than a quarter of Aetna’s 50,000 employees participated. Mindfulness scores increased as expected, but incredibly, on average, stress levels dropped by 28% and reported sleep quality improved 20%. Aetna also calculated the savings to the company, finding that, on average, mindfulness participants gained 62 minutes of productivity a week, which is an estimated $3,000-per-employee increase in productivity for the company each year. Even more impressive, these numbers don’t reflect the positive impacts on turnover, rehiring costs, retraining costs, customer service, or client-facing sales.

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med-art-huff-post-copyThe Power of the Practice
When practiced using the proper techniques, mindfulness meditation is an extremely powerful tool for personal and professional development. The practice is relatively easy to learn, and your efforts will be well rewarded with an inner peace and serenity that most people never achieve in their lifetime. Noticeable and measurable results can be achieved quickly.
Since mindfulness meditation is a secular practice, it is accessible to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Once you have a solid understanding of the practice, you can tailor it to your specific needs.
Most people are surprised at how fast they progress when practicing mindfulness meditation. Those who take up the practice and meditate even for 10 minutes a few times a week, often come to the realization of how much inner growth they’ve been missing in their life.

The 3 Main Components of the Mindfulness Mediation Practice

The three main components that make up the foundation of the mindfulness meditation practice are concentration, mindfulness, and loving-kindness/metta. Metta is the most researched of all the meditation practices due to its vast benefits. By developing your ability to focus and concentrate, especially during busy times, you’ll be able to look deeply into the true nature of discomfort or suffering.

Concentration

Concentration is the ability to focus our attention on one subject or object. We do this by guiding ourselves to pay attention. The objective of concentration is to look deeply into the true nature of reality. This requires us to keep our attention fixed on an object without being distracted. It requires mental discipline which is naturally cultivated over time.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a more delicate activity. It is a gentle awareness of what is happening in the present moment. Both concentration and mindfulness work together to help you look deeply into the true nature of your existence, and your relationships with other people and the rest of the world.

Metta: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation, also called Metta, is a 2,500 year old practice. Loving-kindness can be thought of as unconditional love, meaning that it extends to all people regardless of whether or not they deserve it. There are also no expectations of receiving anything in return. We simply share metta with everyone we encounter. And the amazing effect of the practice is the metta will then return to us many times over.

The purpose of loving-kindness meditation is to improve our relationships with others. And to provide emotional nourishment needed to grow.

Seminars, Retreats, & Weekly Sessions

The rates listed here are for our standard program for up to 50 attendees. For larger groups, or a smaller, customized program, please contact Cheryl Schirillo at 336-682-9737, Cheryl@mybridges.net

Seminars
o 45 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $575

o 60 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $725

o 75 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $975

o 90 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $1,100

o 120 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………. $1,225

  • Workshops/Retreats
    o Half Day (3 1⁄2 hrs) ………………………………………………………………………………. $1,375

o Full Day (7 hrs) …………………………………………………………………………………….. $2,370

  • Weekly 45‐minute sessions
    o 5 weekly sessions ………………………………………………………………………………… $575/session

o Ongoing weekly sessions for a minimum of 3 months ……………………………… $385/session

Policies

  • Fees for group offerings are guaranteed by the sponsoring organization, which may opt to have participants pay part of the amount. The sponsoring organization is responsible for promotion and for provision of space and audio‐visual equipment.
  •  Travel time is an additional $60 per hour.
  •  A 3% surcharge will be added to the price for credit card payments.
  • The instructor, at his/her discretion, may remove or bar participants whose behavior— before, during, or after an offering—is deemed inappropriate and/or disruptive.
  •  For seminars and retreats, a deposit of 20% of the fee is due to reserve the time. Should client’s circumstances hinder the provision of service, balance is still due the originally‐scheduled day of service and we will re‐schedule.
PRICING

Seminars, Retreats, & Weekly Sessions

The rates listed here are for our standard program for up to 50 attendees. For larger groups, or a smaller, customized program, please contact Cheryl Schirillo at 336-682-9737, Cheryl@mybridges.net

Seminars
o 45 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $575

o 60 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $725

o 75 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $975

o 90 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………… $1,100

o 120 minutes …………………………………………………………………………………………. $1,225

  • Workshops/Retreats
    o Half Day (3 1⁄2 hrs) ………………………………………………………………………………. $1,375

o Full Day (7 hrs) …………………………………………………………………………………….. $2,370

  • Weekly 45‐minute sessions
    o 5 weekly sessions ………………………………………………………………………………… $575/session

o Ongoing weekly sessions for a minimum of 3 months ……………………………… $385/session

Policies

  • Fees for group offerings are guaranteed by the sponsoring organization, which may opt to have participants pay part of the amount. The sponsoring organization is responsible for promotion and for provision of space and audio‐visual equipment.
  •  Travel time is an additional $60 per hour.
  •  A 3% surcharge will be added to the price for credit card payments.
  • The instructor, at his/her discretion, may remove or bar participants whose behavior— before, during, or after an offering—is deemed inappropriate and/or disruptive.
  •  For seminars and retreats, a deposit of 20% of the fee is due to reserve the time. Should client’s circumstances hinder the provision of service, balance is still due the originally‐scheduled day of service and we will re‐schedule.