Jame Bristow The Mindfulness Initiative
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The Private Sector Mindfulness Community

Nationwide, United Kingdom

The Private Sector Mindfulness Community brings together a network of mindfulness champions, trainers and senior business leaders. The group work to support, inspire and discuss research, innovation and mindfulness best-practice.

Despite a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for mindfulness in the workplace, the implementation of training is generally driven by advocates who have the benefits of practice themselves and wish to share them with colleagues. This often isn’t easy in the context of tight budgets and endemic busyness and therefore these champions gain a huge amount from connecting with those in other organisations who are leading similar initiatives.

Joining together like minded individuals is helping to overcome shared struggles through a rekindling of enthusiasm towards cultural change and the development of tangible ideas in regard to workplace implementation. The Private Sector Mindfulness Community fosters mentorship, collaboration and thought leadership by hosting networking and education events. It also aims to create and share more resources for the workplace community such as the
Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’ — a document which has been downloaded over 30,000 times.

Investment from sankalpa has led to the recruitment of a community manager to oversea and develop the project, and a marketing & events budget - enabling the project to successfully reach the intended audience.

Mindfulness is a natural capacity, present in all of us to some extent. It involves paying purposeful attention to our experience, with particular attitudes like openness and curiosity. We are all too familiar with its opposite: a heedless, distracted state that’s often described as ‘autopilot’. This default inattentiveness and disengagement from present experience can mean we react to life out of habit or impulse rather than care and consideration. When we spend more time alive to our experience, however, we unlock our potential for learning and growing and are better able to respond creatively to life’s challenges.

Jamie Bristow, Director of The Mindfulness Initiative

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