The General Process

All trainings are customized to address the unique organizational development goals of each organization, its people, and culture. The process involves:

Planning

  • Understanding the organization and industry
  • Defining program goals
  • Individual assessments (optional)
  • Research

Design and Delivery

  • Designing program outline
  • Getting feedback on outline
  • Design and delivery of full program with right mix of multi-media
  • Creating a safe and inviting environment for the program

Post Program

  • Post program measurement (optional)
  • Post program report including suggestions for sustaining the benefits on an ongoing basis (optional)

All programs are based on evidence-based methodology in the three mindfulness trainings and latest research in management sciences. Read below for more information on the three mindfulness trainings and the transformation process.

Why The Three Mindfulness Trainings

“If we can deeply understand the power of mind, how we can both injure and benefit this world, we see that practice isn’t a luxury, but rather an imperative. It’s like food and water. It returns us to ourselves, to our sanity, to our true capacity.”

~ Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, the abbot of Zen Center of New York City

Our thoughts, words, and actions originate in our minds.

47%

Almost 50% of the time, the mind wanders away from task at hand.

Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010

If we want to change how we think, relate, and create, we need to first know our minds.

Mind is an embodied and relational process that regulates energy and information. (Dr. Dan Siegel, author of Mind)

The mind includes thoughts, emotions, perceptions, judgments, and volition. In traditional mindfulness texts, it is thought of as heart-mind. Most importantly, use the trainings below to know your mind from your own experience.

95%

of daily decisions are made unconsciously.

Bargh & Chartrand, 1999

In the absence of awareness, our minds dictate our thoughts, feelings, and behavior based on past conditioning.

For example, we are distracted from our task almost 50% of the time. What if you knew that only 5% of your daily decisions are made consciously and 70% of self talk is negative?

By bringing awareness to our mind’s contents and patterns, we gain choice and mastery over our minds.

Mindfulness is the ability to see clearly the contents of our minds, free from getting lost in our habitual reactivity.

Mindful awareness alone is not enough to bring change.

The brain is complex. In order to change habitual patterns of thinking and behavior, different parts of the brain have to be trained. The three mindfulness trainings – attention, insight, and skillful actions – work in conjunction to develop different parts of the brain involved with change – executive decision-making, motivation, and motor cortex.

70%

Up to 70% of daily thoughts are negative.

Raj Raghunathan, 2015

The 3 Mindfulness Trainings provide a foundation for systemic and sustainable change, at individual and collective levels.

The Three Mindfulness Trainings

Our thoughts, words, and actions originate in our minds.

47%

Almost 50% of time, mind wanders away from task at hand.

Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010

If we want to change how we think, relate, and create, we need to first know our minds.

Mind is an embodied and relational process that regulates energy and information. (Dr. Dan Siegel, author of Mind)

The mind includes thoughts, emotions, perceptions, judgments, and volition. In traditional mindfulness texts, it is thought of as heart-mind. Most importantly, use the trainings below to know your mind from your own experience.

In the absence of awareness, our minds dictate our thoughts, feelings, and behavior based on past conditioning.

95%

of daily decisions made unconsciously.

Bargh & Chartrand, 1999

By bringing awareness to our mind’s contents, we can choose how to respond.

Mindfulness is the ability to see clearly the contents of our minds, free from getting lost in our habitual reactivity.

Mindful awareness alone is not enough to bring change.

70%

Up to 70% of daily thoughts are negative.

Raj Raghunathan, 2015

The brain is complex. In order to change habitual patterns of thinking and behavior, different parts of the brain have to be trained. The three mindfulness trainings – attention, insight, and skillful actions – work in conjunction to develop different parts of the brain involved with change – executive decision-making, motivation, and motor cortex.

The 3 Mindfulness Trainings provide a foundation for systemic and sustainable change, at individual and collective levels.

The Three Mindfulness Trainings

FIRST TRAINING

Attention Training

(traditionally known as Samadhi or meditation)

This training develops the mind and its ability to direct attention where you want it to go. It involves:

  • Ability to give attention to what is important in the present moment.
  • Maintaining attention with an attitude that is non-judgmental, relaxed, and free from attachments to particular outcomes
  • Attention can be narrow on a single object or broadly scanning the inner and outer landscape
SECOND TRAINING

Insight Training

(traditionally known as Panna or wisdom)

This training develops the ability to gain a broader and deeper perspective about the situation you are looking at. It involves:

  • Clear seeing of what is going on beyond concepts and habitual responses.
  • Clarity of causes and conditions leading to desirable outcomes.
  • Clarity of intentions.
THIRD TRAINING

Skillful Actions

(traditionally known as Sila or discipline)

This training develops skillful habits that create the right conditions for you to thrive and reach your goals. It involves:

  • Cultivating thoughts and thinking processes that support your goals
  • Cultivating the ability to listen deeply and speak in a manner that is timely, honest, kind, beneficial for all involved, and aligned with your intentions.
  • Cultivating habits of taking action in a way that is consistent with your goals.

The Eight Mindfulness Skills

Mindfulness as the ability to see clearly is more than awareness. It is cultivating awareness in a particular way that includes compassion, curiosity, energy, joy, inner calm, focus, and balance. The 3 mindfulness trainings develop these 8 mindfulness skills.

Awareness

Awareness is the ability to observe the occurrences of the outer and inner world, which includes thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and all other phenomena. This knowingness is effortless and non-judgmental.

Compassion

Compassion is the ability to see different perspectives, feel, and have a motivation to ease the difficulty in others and within oneself.

Curiosity

Curiosity is a relaxed and alert interest in our immediate experience. It involves questioning our habitual thoughts and seeing others perspectives, even when different from ours. It involves entertaining possibilities as well as the ability to stay open to the direct experience of what is going on beyond conceptual thinking.

Energy

Energy is a combination of strength, vigor, vitality, right effort, perseverance, and courage. The most straightforward meaning of energy is the capacity for activity and accomplishment. Further, it’s about the right balance of energy directed toward appropriate action.

Appreciative Joy

Appreciative joy is the state of being that is naturally good, bright, and boundless. In a state of appreciative joy, you experience an expansive sense of well being that is inclusive of all others. It is a state of natural appreciation for all beings and situations that have given you the opportunity to deepen your experience of being human.

Inner Calm

Inner calm is more than feeling relaxed. Calm is serenity and a neutral state in the mind and body. Inner calm helps us heal, feel settled, and unwind while also helping us to see with clarity.

Focus

Mindful focus refers to one-pointedness and unscattered attention in our meditation and lives. It is a unification of the mind, as you gather and integrate all streams of energy in the mind and body into being fully present.

Balance

Balance is an evenness of mind or unshakeable balance of mind. It seeks to prevent excess and deficiency of other mindfulness skills. It allows us to keep an open mind and heart in the middle of it all. This is the ultimate mindfulness skill that all mindfulness training is leading us to, which enables us to see the bigger picture and act from a place of clarity.

The Transformation Process

The three mindfulness trainings cultivate the 8 mindful qualities in the mind to support transformation from reactive behaviors to thoughtful choice and skillful actions.

transformative process 3 trainings

What My Clients Say

"Shalini presented to over 500 educators for us and not only kept them captive for an entire day, she inspired, brought joy, artfully and tactfully rolled with technology difficulties and was an absolute delight. Her diligence and care before the presentation in working with us was the best I've ever experienced. She truly wanted to make this work for us and our (large!) team and delivered beyond expectations."

Meghan, Director of Professional Development

"Shalini has done The Work and is genuine as a teacher and facilitator. Her attention to class participants is extraordinary - listens, clarifies, inspires. She is masterful in her practical application of complex topics across a wide range of class/workshop participants. The Mindfulness program involves many layers of both Learning and Personal Development. Shalini has the grace and wisdom essential to teach this type of program."

Richard, Adult Learning Consultant

"We got to see the difference in our leadership abilities when we were "just going through the motions" and when we were truly present in the moment. It was amazing to see how much more inspiring and effective everyone was when they were mindful and present."

Jessica, Accounting professor

"Shalini has combined a dynamic curriculum with practical application to make her Mindfulness Based Personal Branding class an absolute stand out amongst MBA classes as well as a must take for the business professional."

Michael, Finance Director

“I just finished a six session Executive Series at Downtown Mindfulness with Shalini Bahl. My health depended on learning meditation and stress reduction techniques. My life drastically improved from additional lessons Shalini taught me. I often and highly recommend Shalini to friends who are stressed out; who have an interest in self-improvement; and who’d appreciate that greater perspective translates into greater success. Shalini’s class benefited me most by implementing reminders in my daily life that make me more thoughtful about the potential impact on other people of my words and actions. People I work and socialize with have remarked that they recognize in me a greater calm since I became a student of Shalini’s. I’m grateful for the life-changing perspective she shared.”

Cinda, President

Mindfulness is not just for stress reduction anymore.

Contact me to explore how mindfulness can help you or your organization

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