Have you considered that almost all essential skills—for example emotional intelligence, empathy, communication skills, influencing skills and co-operation skills—stem from self-awareness?
Awareness skills are a cornerstone of your growth and success in today’s work-life and life in general.
If we are not self-aware, it is almost impossible to master the skills that make us stronger team players, amazing leaders and skillful customer relationship builders. Self-awareness could well be the meta-skill of the twenty-first century.
Science has shown that an essential way to build strong self-awareness and self-regulation is mindfulness and meditation practice. Mindfulness, or any other meditation practice, is not based only on analytical thinking or self-reflecting like the usual ways to increase self-awareness, but it widens awareness of your inner states, body, emotional reactions and deeper beliefs and values.
This course is a unique, science-based combination of knowledge and practice. The aim is to inspire you to develop your self-awareness and self-management skills. The course consists of compact introduction lectures and relaxing and restorative meditation and visualization practices. The course offers you revitalizing tools and interesting new knowledge about your psychological strengths and functioning of your mind and body.
How have you tried to develop your self-awareness, self-management or mental skills as a leader, professional or employee?
Interest in self-knowledge and self-awareness is increasing, and many organizations offer their employees a variety of personal assessments aiming to develop self-awareness (e.g. 360 degree). They are based on the congruence of your own and others’ evaluations about you and your self-reflection on differences and similarities.
To supplement these traditional tools, new, innovative methods have become available, which can bring forth long-lasting changes in your self-view. This course utilizes these modern methods, which are based on mindfulness, meditation and somatic awareness practices. Many global companies—for example Google, Apple, General Electric, Goldman-Sachs, Microsoft and Starbucks—are using mindfulness and somatic practices in their leadership and human development programs.
Self-awareness is a rare skill, and according to studies, people think they are more self-aware than they actually are. Deep and authentic self-awareness seems to relate to overall success and feelings of peace and meaningfulness in life. We need to invest in gaining good self-awareness—it does not come easily. Ultimately, it can happen that we do not succeed in our goals unless we invest time in our mind and body awareness and in achieving a balance between “doing” and “being” in life.
This course is for you if you wish to pause for a moment, to really look at the direction you are going in and tune into your own deep, intuitive guidance. The course can also be a good kick start for you in keeping you mind and body balanced in busy daily life.
Mindfulness and meditation practices are found to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and they can increase sleep quality. Even more, better self-regulation can prevent burnout as well as boosting high potential and peak performance. The simple and easy practices explained in this course aim to offer you the time and space to maximize your free time and let go of getting caught in unproductive thought patterns and rumination.
TECHNIQUES FOR RESILIENT THINKING AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
Are you self-critical? Self-criticism is very common. Not many of us are very acceptive, tolerant and compassionate toward ourselves in the midst of all the daily pressures, the to-do lists and the need to look good and succeed. An acceptive attitude toward yourself does not make you weak; it increases resilient thinking and response flexibility, which can reduce rumination and sharpen your cognitive focus. Self-compassion, combined with mindfulness, can be an effective way to change your thinking habits to become more constructive and wholesome. This course offers you the tools you need to change your self-attitude to be more constructive and acceptive.
The course is for you if you want tools for balancing and recovering from busy life and increasing emotional, bodily and overall self-understanding. You can also make great use of the course if you are a manager, leader, HR professional, trainer, team leader or organizational consultant. You can get useful insights and inspiration to lead your teams.
Of course, the course offers interesting new knowledge for anyone interested in their own well-being, vitality and optimal performance. If this is the case with you, utilize our offer right now!
The course’s practices aim to increase your body awareness and redirect your mind set. They help you to notice your automatic, habitual thinking and behavioral patterns. The course offers tools that can help you to understand your emotional reactions better and increase your ability to focus on the tasks at hand or the people around you. The practices can give you time to pause, so that creative thoughts have the ability to pop into your awareness.
You will learn awareness skills that, when regularly practiced, can enhance energy levels, aid in finding creative solutions to your problems, decrease mistakes and cognitive failures, and improve the ability to concentrate and build mutually trusting relationships. Take these practices as part of your new daily routines to recharge yourself in the midst of all the interruptions, distractions, hustle and multitasking.
Constantly changing working environments require both self-management and collaboration skills. This course offers tools to increase understanding and regulation of your own thoughts and emotions, which can give you the confidence to express yourself in meetings and team environments in an open, unambiguous and assertive manner.
The main themes are:
How mindfulness impacts on our mental and physical well-being, happiness and work-life balance.
Self-awareness is often misunderstood. You learn what it actually is and how it can be developed because self-awareness is essential for success in life.
The significance of your self-talk (how to change it) and the power of visualization. Unconscious thinking patterns.
An optimal breathing habit boosts your immunity and health. Learn how breathing impacts on you and what the qualities of good breathing are.
Mindfulness can diminish cognitive biases and errors and improve your decision-making capabilities.
Self-compassion, gratitude and forgiveness as mental strengths increase your thinking flexibility and ability to handle difficult emotions and respond to challenging situations without being carried away by them.
Brain differences; analytical and embodied knowledge. Get in touch with your intuitive whole-body knowledge and combine the best of both.
Yoga, tai chi and qigong as forms of moving meditation—aim to integrate mind, body and spirit and support the workings of your parasympathetic nervous system.
An example of a change in mindset—anxiety versus excitement (how to achieve it).
Willpower and self-control help you to concentrate on important challenges and avoid craving instant pleasures (that might not be good for you in the long run) when there are a lot of distractions and interruptions in your life. How self-control can be strengthened.
How mindfulness and somatic practices can support leadership and organizational development.
Mutually respectful, mindful and listening communication is based on emotional awareness and intelligence and self-understanding.
The modern and traditional uses of meditation; spirituality.
* The course consists of eight modules.
* Each module includes two to three short video lectures and two practices.
* Altogether, the course consists of 16 (+ 1 extra) video lectures and 15 (+ 2 extra) mindfulness, meditation, writing and visualization exercises.
* The duration of one practice is about 10–30 minutes. Additionally, you get tips for three-minute daily practices!
* The modules also include references, video summaries and extra materials.
* The whole course content is available for you right away when you register.
* I suggest that you take one week for each module: watch the videos and do the practices. Repeat the practices (your favorite ones) daily.
* The course platform is open for at least six months.
The coach of the course is Sari Laine, MSc (econ.). She is a Human Resources development professional, author, work-life oriented mindfulness trainer (CMW®, Certified by Mind at Work) and a PhD student at Turku University, School of Economics, Leadership and Organizations department. Her ongoing doctoral dissertation is about developing managers’ self-awareness through mindfulness. She has published a stress management book, Tietoisuustaidot (awareness skills), in Finnish.
“I think that both leadership and, more generally, our perceptions on economic growth and wellbeing are changing. Our ways of organizing and living are changing at a fast pace because of artificial intelligence and robotics but also because of individuals’ changing values and expectations. Right now, in the era of remote working and self-management, employees own self-management and thinking and emotional awareness skills are more important than ever. I am personally interested in helping individuals to build their mental skills and ethically sustainable businesses and their self-awareness is essential to this.
I have wanted to combine the most cutting-edge and interesting knowledge about mind and body interconnectedness, functioning and awareness skills on this course. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to increase wellbeing, clarity of values, to get more relaxed and find the purpose in their lives through meditation and awareness skills.”
Feedback of the live version of the course:
As I read the article and thought about the exercises we have done during our lessons, I realized that I have learned a lot about myself during this course. Some of the things are habits of mine that others have already pointed out, but I have not believed them, or I have not recognized these aspects of me before. I have learned about my automatic reactions to certain stimulus and I think that I can be more mindful about my reactions now and take a step back before reacting the way I am used to react.
I just wanted to thank first of all our teacher Miss Sari Laine, for our amazing six week classes regarding mindfulness, it has changed my mind completely about this “new” way of thinking and relaxing, at first I was a little sceptic, because in my country it is not that common to have mindfulness practices, people think that it is a sugar pill theory, I really hope that they change their mind and start to evolve in this new era full of new theories and experiences, we can’t stop in time, we must always move forward.