Bill Duane, Google’s Superintendent of Well-Being who leads many of the company’s mindfulness programs, walked participants through a reflective exercise to focus attention, foster compassion, and support sustainable high performance.
As “descendants of nervous monkeys”, Duane explained that humans are wired to react to stress with either fight or flight reflexes – responses poorly suited to the modern workplace. Humans must, therefore, retrain ourselves through mindfulness exercises to respond with compassion, rather than react with defensiveness.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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