Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness is a very simple concept which has been around for several thousand years but it is only in recent times that it has been recognised by medicine and science as having the capacity to enhance people’s lives. Mindfulness means to pay attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgementally. This type of attention brings about a greater awareness and allows us to look at the world once again with open eyes. It provides a very simple but powerful way of getting back in touch with our own innate wisdom and potential.

“Each moment missed is a moment unlived” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Adopting Mindfulness approaches can help you to manage stress, avoid burnout, enhance leadership capacity, and steady your mind when in the midst of making important business decisions, career transitions, and personal life changes. Mindfulness is nothing mystical, and it is not dogmatic – it is nothing more than mental exercise for a healthier mind.  The practice is simple but it is not easy and its power lies in its practice and its application.

It has been found that organisations that stay upbeat and energised may have a competitive edge over those where pessimism reigns. Research suggests that positive people tend to do better in the workplace and cognitively process more efficiently and more appropriately.  Studies have revealed that Mindfulness lowers stress and improves peoples’ sense of well-being. It makes people better at seeing options whereas stress narrows our vision. And if you’re mindful you become more empathic and empathy is the heart of emotional intelligence.  Mindfulness enhances self-awareness. It is self-awareness that is the foundation for emotional intelligence, now accepted in the corporate world as more important than IQ for stellar performance and outstanding leadership.

A wide range of recent findings have cited the specific business benefits of mindfulness within organisations, including:

  • Reduced costs of staff absenteeism and turnover
  • Improved cognitive function – (i.e. better concentration, memory and learning ability)
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced employer/employee and client relationships

Mindfulness pioneer Sylvia Boorstein wisely reminds us,

“Mindfulness doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. What changes is the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. It teaches the heart to be more accommodating; not by beating it into submission, but by making it clear that accommodation is a gratifying choice.”

TAILORED PROGRAMMES

One-hour, six week, and eight week introduction programmes are all in-house only.

OPEN PROGRAMMES

Monthly Meditation Session 04/02/2020
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Monthly Meditation Session 05/03/2020
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Monthly Meditation Session 01/04/2020
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Testimonials

  • The profound yet simple life-changing transformation that took place for me following this workshop makes this day well worth attending.  No need for words, privacy of my issue, and the opportunity to get as involved as I wanted brought benefits that went well beyond the timeframe of the workshop. The unconscious truths that were revealed have brought about a calmness, a more grounded and peaceful way of being.
    Emer Carroll
  • I found the Systemic Constellation workshop “Are you in your right place” to be a really engaging and transformational process. The issue I focused on during the workshop was one which was creating a block in my life. As a result shifts have happened which in turn created change. Suzanne is an effective and sensitive facilitator who expertly guides the group through the process. I’d highly recommend the workshop to anyone facing a challenge in their lives
    Mari O’Leary
  • Having completed many different courses with Suzanne over the years, I found the One Day Systemic Constellation Workshop one of the most challenging, interesting and powerful. It is a special day and a real investment for your mind, body and soul. I really enjoyed meeting and working with the others on the workshop and found a great connection with them. I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone wanting to bring about change into their life.
    Josephine Norton
  • I attended the Mindfulness Meditation Programme in Ballsbridge College for Further Education in 2019. The programme was led by Suzanne Donohoe. I was somewhat skeptical before I attended as to the benefits, but I was very positively surprised at how much I enjoyed the 8-week course. Suzanne was an excellent communicator and the course was presented in a very professional manner. I have little doubt that I will continue to use the techniques which I learned during my time there.
    Patrick Buchanan
  • Thank you so much for facilitating the 8 week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Programme recently. Aileen and I found it to be most helpful and relaxing and were very impressed and appreciative of your easy and informative style in getting the technique across to everyone at the course. We hope to continue the programme as it is totally beneficial to mind and body.
    Freddie & Aileen
  • I really enjoyed the course and your overall approach, flexibility and thoughtfulness. I have found it very useful in helping me cope with a huge loss in my life in recent months. I did some meditation on my own but the course was fantastic on putting some discipline and structure on it. Wish I discovered it 20 years ago. Keep up the good work and mind how you go.
    Kevin
    Attended Ballsbridge College of Further Education
  • Suzanne has run two -6 week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation programmes for our staff. The purpose of the programme was to promote well-being through meditation and living mindfully and to develop techniques to increase resilience in times of stress. I found Suzanne to be highly professional and most positive in my dealings with her and I feel this was a worthwhile and beneficial investment for our staff. I would be happy to recommend Suzanne and her Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation programme to other organisations.
    Martina Sheehan
    Head of Human Resources, Mercer
  • Aligning with AIB's Staff Wellbeing agenda, Suzanne provided a number of "Lunch & Learn" Mindfulness Meditation sessions which was attended by staff from across many functions within AIB. I found the sessions extremely beneficial both on a professional and personal basis. The insightful techniques and practical approach presented by Suzanne are excellent and are easy to integrate into our busy working lives. As a result of the extremely positive feedback, we received requests to provide additional "Lunch & Learn" sessions for other staff & colleagues.
    Anna Maria O’Shea
    Head of Finance - AIB Personal, Business & Corporate Banking
  • Suzanne ran several Mindfulness Taster sessions in Friends First as part the Health and Wellness Month this year.  The feedback from staff was very positive.  Suzanne is a very warm and practical facilitator and the sessions were relaxing, accessible and very informative on the benefits of Mindfulness in everyday life.  It was an ideal introduction.
    Emer Ní Raghallaigh
    Human Resources Manager, Friends First
  • As a coach, Suzanne Donohoe has had a positive impact on my approach to leadership. I found her perspectives thoughtful and insightful, and her communication style was balanced with honesty and professionalism.
    Emer Jameson
    Chief People Officer, Digicel Pacific
  • Suzanne has a practical, but effective, approach to coaching providing techniques that assist in continuing to build on the awareness and insights acquired during each session.
    Damien Shirkie
    Key Account Manager, Calor
  • I have just finished 4 coaching sessions with Suzanne Donohoe over 4 months.  I choose coaching as a method to allow me the opportunity to review myself as a manager but also as a team member. The methods of Suzanne's coaching I was very receptive to and she has a very approachable way in making it work by recognising you as a person.
    Patrice Lennon
    Head of Sales & Marketing, Dalata Hotel Group