Finding Mindfulness In Art
I attended ‘The 2018 Mindful leader Conference’ in April this year, where I heard Michael Bennetts, CEO of New Zealand’s Z energy company speak about mindfulness.
I was inspired to hear about his experience as a mindfulness practitioner and how he has implemented a culture of mindfulness in his business. Z energy is an example of how a business led by a mindful leader can open to the challenges of a changing world and create substantiated transformations, whilst maintaining the bottom line.
“Mindfulness is a concrete discipline proven to provide real, measurable benefits for your behavior, performance, health and happiness. It is a well-developed, thoroughly substantiated, evidence based process for gaining clarity and developing your greatest potential.” Michael Bunting, from his book; ‘The Mindful Leader’ 2016.
I practise mindfulness and have noticed the impact it has had on my personal and business life. I’ve slowed down but I achieve more. I don’t feel so reactive and when I do (reactivity is a part of being human!) I know that it is a moment, a fleeting thought held in time. I can shift my attention anytime to what is real around me, within me and feel more purposefully present in my own life.
Workplace mindfulness can be less about having a formal meditation practice (which can feel daunting) and more about learning simple, proven techniques you can practice during the day, enabling you to;
WorksmART includes leadership and team packages offering concrete tools for implementing mindfulness in the workplace. As a fine artist and art coach I discovered over my career that the techniques required to produce fine art are the very same techniques involved in mindfulness. People involved in creative pursuits; art, music and dance unconsciously activate the right hemisphere of their brain, otherwise known as the unconscious mind. Both mindfulness and creativity reside in our right hemisphere, enabling,
Mindfulness and creativity allow us to draw on the best qualities of our left hemisphere, enabling us to;
You will gain a toolkit of stress management techniques; practical ways to reduce stress and support well-being individually and collectively. I offer half day, one and two day workshops and weekly courses, teaching mindfulness through the creative process of learning to draw.
• No drawing experience required
• Ideal for Health and Safety and Team Building.
“Kimbra is a gifted alchemist in the art of relationships.”
“ Kimbra’s workshop opened my eyes to a world I never thought I could understand. She is an inspiring and gifted facilitator and any business person with an open mind will have an open heart and a new outlook on managing stress and creative business practice by the end of her session.”
“Drawing in a collegial group became a bonding experience for all. The atmosphere was one of excitement and encouragement, of discovering one could accomplish something never before thought possible.”
I have recently joined a global initiative called “Mindfulness for Change,” whose intention is to extend the reach of mindfulness into businesses, Government, education and health. Let’s talk and together be part of the change.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We gain immediate access to our own inner resources for insight, transformation and healing. “ Jon Kabat-Zinn
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