Mountain View has some free Mindfulness Workshops coming up, thanks to Inspire Mountain View, a grant meant to inspire innovation to make Mountain View a more compassionate and equitable community, and a better place to work and play.
The first workshop was this week and there are more planned.
These workshops are hosted by Carin Winter, founder of Mission Be. Carin and Mission Be have brought their mindfulness program to 52 schools in New York and California, measurably reducing stress and improving performance and self-regulation for over 50,000 students and over 3,000 teachers.
The goal is to bring the mindfulness program to the entire Mountain View community and get everyone to be more aware of our reactions to the daily stress of living in Silicon Valley. Just imagine if we could make better choices when we’re lost in stressful thought patterns. There would be less road rage, less stress-related health issues, both mental and physical, we would be more connected to each other and to the tasks we’re performing. There really isn’t any reason not to practice mindfulness and tons of research on why we should learning how to respond wisely to things that happen to us, as opposed reacting blindly.
The workshop started out with a few minutes of meditation and Carin had us ask those sitting next to us why we needed to practice mindfulness. Everyone shared something with the group about what was the most stressful things that they deal with on a daily basis. I found that part quite interesting and I listened intently as everyone shared examples of things that really bother them.
Carin had a great slide show about what happens to us during stressful situations and how we can take time out to alleviate the effects daily life. I kept thinking how incredible is is that kids are learning this in school and hopefully they bring this particular lesson into adulthood. Her style of teaching is wonderful, her voice and sense of humor are great, and this is the first time she’s ever brought this program to an entire community.
Here’s a video by Dan Harris, Why Mindfulness is a Superpower, that we watched during the workshop and here’s a link to Carin’s youtube channel. Carin referred to the website Happify several times, so I checked it out when I got home.
Upcoming Mindfulness Workshops are March 12th, March 20th, March 22nd, March 26th, April 3rd, and April 9th. Register here!
Inspire Mountain View is managed by Los Altos Community Foundation. The grants were funded by Google, Synopsys, Symantec and LinkedIn. Remember when we voted last spring and the winners were announced in May, 2017? Mission Be is one of the 501(c)(3) nonprofits that won.
Carin taught mindfulness workshops for an executive team at Facebook. I think it would be so beneficial for our community if more employers did this. Thank you Inspire Mountain View (and the generous sponsors!) for providing these mindfulness workshops our community.I love Mountain View.