I analyze and collate data from brain, human performance, leadership, resilience, and healthcare research, as well as evidence-based strategies from renowned experts in training and coaching to deliver high-quality, personalized solutions, training, and coaching that meets your specific needs and goals for better living, enhanced performance, and leadership.
The methods I utilize are effective due to neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to change and be shaped by experiences. My training and coaching helps you dive deep and remove barriers to success. My methods work at a biological level to reshape your brain and body responses to information and situations, and creating optimal ways of thinking and responding to daily life circumstances and emotions. Heightened self-awareness that enables you to access and strengthen your inner resources is at the core of all training and coaching.
Mindfulness is maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of what is going on within and around you in an open and accepting way, one without judgments or wanting things to be different. Mindful awareness practices cultivate habits of mind that generate insight, reduce stress, increase joy and compassion, and create the foundation for emotional intelligence. Mindfulness practice helps to change patterns of thinking and bodily reactions to stress that have negative effects. Mindfulness allows us to see things as they are without clouded judgment or getting hijacked by emotions, which gives us power to choose skillful responses and take action based on reality rather than misperceptions or over-emotional reactions. The state of mindfulness is cultivated by mindfulness meditation, mindful eating, mindful movement, and intentional mind-body awareness to simple, normal day-to-day activities including showering, getting dressed, and answering the phone. Nearly everyone can learn mindfulness and maintain a practice. Many results are immediate and become greater the more you practice. Mindfulness easily becomes a way of life and has a ripple-effect that benefits all.
MINDFULNESS IS AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
There are nearly 8000 research studies about mindfulness in areas of human physiology and performance, leadership and management, health and wellness, stress and resilience, and more. We know that practicing mindfulness is associated with positive effects on the brain, mind, and body. Studies show that mindfulness reduces mind-wandering, which occurs 30-50% of our day. Mind-wandering is associated with errors and less happiness when compared to moments of attention to present moment activities. Mindfulness promotes feelings of wellbeing and enhances the ability to navigate life's challenges with clarity, joy, and resilience.
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness training is shown to have benefits to:
e·mo·tion·al in·tel·li·gence noun: The capacity to be aware of and monitor one's emotions and the emotions of others, identify and label emotions, manage emotions, and use emotional information of self and others to understand interpersonal dynamics, and skillfully guide thinking and decision-making with empathy.
Emotional intelligence (EI) is widely-recognized as critical for high-impact leadership, effective communication, collaboration, and navigating the challenges of the modern workplace and relationships. Mindfulness and other related practices help us become more emotionally intelligent. Throughout our lives we are commonly taught to suppress or push away our emotions, to not be expressive. People become out of touch with themselves and their emotions for a variety of reasons including upbringing, schooling, culture, societal and workplace norms, traumas, and other experiences. People become unaware that they are experiencing emotions or understand what emotion they are having. Some people, even if aware, do not know what their emotions mean. From time-to-time we may become "carried away" by emotions which leads to impulsive behavior, feeling out of control, tossed around, or beat-up. Often people are afraid of having emotions for fear of how they feel or fear of losing control. Through mindfulness we can experience emotions and even welcome them with understanding, without fear, and without being carried away. Through mindfulness we can transform our experiences.
People with high EI are aware of and can recognize, name, and understand their own emotions. They know how conditions such as sleep, hunger, environment, sensory experiences, triggers, and stress situations affect their emotional reactions, thoughts, and feelings. They know how to manage their emotions. They also know how their emotions, moods, and reactions will affect other people, and therefore influence and motivate them. People with high EI can recognize and attune to the emotions of others, creating a sense of connection, making others feel heard and understood. Mindful, emotionally intelligent people can create positive personal and professional relationships and manage difficult emotions and conflict. Mindful, emotionally intelligent leaders effectively create trust, motivate, and mentor their colleagues and direct reports.
Our emotional self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, self-confidence.
How we manage ourselves, self-control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative.
Social awareness, empathy, organizational awareness, service, inspirational leadership, influence, developing others, change catalyst, conflict management, teamwork and collaboration.
PEOPLE WITH HIGH-EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE KNOW THAT:
*Adapted from: Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R, & McKee, A. (2002). Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. MA, Harvard Business School Press.
Emotions are a complex pattern of changes, including physiological arousal, feelings, cognitive processes, and behavioral reactions, made in response to a situation perceived to be personally significant. (American Psychological Association. Emotional reactions often occur beneath our awareness. They are physiologic reactions within the body that are influenced by our instinctual nature, our upbringing (including events that occur in infancy), implicit (unconscious) biases, beliefs, and memories of situations of which we may or may not be aware. Patterns of experiential association create neural pathways in our brains based on prior experiences. Therefore, emotions may be elicited as a reaction to sensory input from sights, smells, sounds, tastes, touch, and thoughts and mental images that we may not know are causing them.
Evidence suggests that our minds wander as much as 47% of our days. Our minds wander to thoughts that cause mini-emotional reactions that we do not recognize are influencing our feelings, moods, interactions, and other behaviors. Thoughts beget more thoughts that can turn into "mental chatter" which are often negative narratives that play on repeat in our minds. These narratives create our experiences whether we are aware of them or not. Mindfulness creates greater self-awareness, thus greater self-control. Through mindfulness, we are better able to choose our responses while we let our emotions inform our thoughts and actions rather than drive them.
Did you know that Laura can incorporate yoga into your training or coaching program? Laura is a certified yoga-teacher and enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with her clients. Yoga can amplify the effects of other services and generate intrinsic motivation for change in other areas of life and health through yoga.
Yoga originated in India as a comprehensive system for wellbeing on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Yoga was originally practiced only by males. However, yoga practices have been modified over the years to be available to all people of all abilities. Yoga incorporates meditation, physical postures (with modifications for every body in any environment), and methods of breathing to increase and manage energy. Yoga has become popular in the US as a form of exercise, strength and balance training, and relaxation.
Through yoga you learn discipline and how to balance effort and ease on the mat (or chair) to help you be disciplined and balance effort and ease in everyday life. It is great as a practice alone or added to workouts for greater strength and flexibility. Yoga is excellent for kids and adults. Yoga is a perfect addition to services for workplace wellness. Through yoga you can practice deliberate mindfulness in motion for alignment of mind, body, and spirit. There is no need to achieve challenging postures.
Studies about yoga have found that it has many benefits including:
• Stress reduction and a reduction of stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine
• Increased self-enhancement, motivation to feel good and have positive self esteem
• Emotion regulation
• Reduced anxiety
• Improved working memory
• Improved sleep
• Psychological wellbeing
• Physical wellbeing
• Improved symptoms in people with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Reductions in inflammatory processes and levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in cancer, HIV, depression, anxiety, wound healing, sleep disorder, cardiovascular diseases, and fibromyalgia
• Reduced menopausal symptoms
• Improved grip strength
• Improved comfort in pregnancy
• Improved blood glucose management in diabetes.
• Reduced cholesterol
• Improved life satisfaction
• Brain wave activity
• Structural brain changes/gray matter increase
• Increased depth of respiration
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