We live distracted now.

We’re surrounded by evidence of the inability to sustain focused attention. We're all in this together. 

It’s completely normal to get distracted. The problem is that most of us are actively training our attention in ways that lead to stress, disengagement, and burnout.

The resulting lack of sleep, illness, and simmering interpersonal conflicts escalate each other and erode well-being.

Some researchers are convinced that we can still correct the current trend of collective distraction.

How?

By exercising better habits of attention. 

Just as physical exercise increases strength, flexibility, and endurance to support the regular activities of daily life, mindfulness exercises develop attention to improve focus and well-being

The Attentional Fitness Training workshops described below can be modified to fit the needs of individuals and groups.  They can also be combined to form a class series. Additional attention-related challenges can be address through customized workshops, presentations, or special events. 

Train Your Attention with Mindfulness

The world will never be less distracting than it is right now. Mindfulness practice involves changing attention habits. It uses ordinary perceptions to train your attention. This session explores definitions of mindfulness, its scientifically supported benefits, and clever ways to incorporate it into your life. This workshop can stand alone or serve as an introduction to a class series comprised of related mindfulness workshops. 

(1 hour)

Help! I Can’t Stop Thinking

Trying not to think doesn’t work. A much more effective approach involves setting the stage for the mind to unwind without coercion. This workshop explores exercises for getting more familiar with your thoughts and feelings, observing how they influence each other, and taking them less personally. Learn practical exercises for disrupting your looping thoughts and taking breaks from your internal storytelling.

(1 hour)

Mindfulness for People Who Can’t Sit Still

Mindfulness meditation is associated with sitting still in quiet rooms, but paying attention on the move builds concentration, too. Learn strategies that can be customized for walking, exercising, and doing chores around the house.

(1 hour)

Mindful Awareness Exercises for Insomnia and Worry

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30 percent of American adults have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up refreshed. The mindfulness approach to meditation can help address these challenges. This workshop explores strategies and exercises that have helped many people stop trying to think their way out of discomfort and confusion and get more rest.

(1 hour)

Mindful Awareness Exercises for Attentive Listening

We all know when we’re being heard and when we’re not. Good listeners listen actively and can repeat back the words they hear, but great listeners listen attentively. Attentive listening leads to greater trust and engagement. This workshop explores mindful awareness strategies, exercises, tips, and insights that use ordinary perceptions to develop attentive listening. An hour-long session is enough to cover concepts and at least one interactive exercise. A ninety-minute workshop allows more time for exploration and discussion. (1 to 1.5 hours)

Find Rest in the Unrest with Mindfulness

Discover how to find and create restful states in order reduce stress, decrease pain and more fully enjoy life. In addition to physical relaxation, many forms of rest are naturally present throughout your day. Learn to identify these opportunities and create beneficial periods of rest in the midst of your daily routine. This topic works as an hour-long session, but can be extended into a two-to-four session class series to cover more variations on the basic approach and an opportunity to discuss what participants encounter when trying them out between classes.

(1 hour)

Body Awareness for Emotional Intelligence

Mindfulness is about becoming better acquainted with your senses, thoughts, and emotions over time. It can be fascinating and liberating to explore the physical aspect of our feelings. Mindfulness practice offers ways to observe your feelings with curiosity instead of evaluation. It provides practical tools for knowing yourself more and fighting with yourself less. Explore how mindfulness practice leads to deeper self-awareness and a richer, kinder relationship with yourself.

(1 hour)

Mindfulness for Feeling More Friendly

Neuroscience research shows that imagining the well-being of yourself and others changes the brain more quickly than concentration exercises. This exploration includes considering the habits we have for avoiding vulnerability, which is a necessary ingredient in human bonding. Try an exercise that gradually erodes the walls we build around ourselves in an effort to feel safe. Learn tips for navigating the common challenges related to cultivating emotional warmth.

(1 hour)

Attention Training for Leaders

Basic workshop topics tailored to address challenges related to leading teams. Extended to allow more time to customize strategies based on specific contexts and more discussion. 

  • Attentive Listening
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Rest, Recharge, and Reflect