The Monthly Mindful: April Edition

Your monthly roundup on the latest news and innovations from MWU, the world of mindfulness and mental health.

Mental Health Week 2019

Is Your Organization Ready?

May 6 - 12, 2019

We all have mental health and our mental fitness is just as important as our physical fitness!

Mental Health Week is coming up May 6 to 12. MindWell has created a set of resources to help you promote the week and support your organization in becoming more mindful about mental health. Please share this link with your HR colleagues at other organizations who may be interested. 

Upcoming Webinar

How to Respond vs. React to Stress using Emotional Intelligence 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT English2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT French 

Jackie Roberge will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss responding vs. reacting to stress. In this webinar, we'll learn to: ​​

Understand the effects of stress on their body and mindUnderstand and apply the 4 stages of conscious change to their situation Understand how thoughts and emotions are created Own their emotions and be able to respond vs. react by using a simple yet powerful 4-step process

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Jackie is a Certified Life Purpose Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Public Speaker, Yoga & Meditation teacher and is passionate about helping people and organizations reach higher levels of consciousness and contribution.

Jackie started her career in marketing and went on to become a marketing and strategic planning consultant for companies such as McGill Executive Institute, Culinar, Cogeco Cable and Olymel. She started a daily meditation practice almost 25 years ago to help her deal with high levels of stress and fatigue she was experiencing at the time. After seeing immediate benefits that increased over time, she continued on to become a certified yoga instructor and mindfulness expert. She also started teaching meditation which was, at the time, what she claimed to be the best kept secret for greater levels of well-being, peace and overall performance. Jackie is now CEO and co-founder of Business & Beyond a company that offers whole person, mindfulness based training to business leaders and their organizations. She also specializes in Purpose-Drive Strategic Planning, helping individuals and companies find their higher purpose or deeper why allowing them to find greater meaning and fulfillment in what they do.

Upcoming Webinar 

Are You Mindful of Your Unconscious Bias?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 

1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

Parker Johnson will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss mindfulness and unconscious bias. In this webinar, we will explore: ​​

Psychology and Neuroscience of Unconscious BiasConsequences of unconscious bias despite good intentionsExamples of micro-inequities showing up in daily behaviourWays to reduce impact of unconscious bias

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Parker Johnson has been working in the field of harassment and discrimination prevention, workplace equity and inclusion, conflict resolution and organizational change for over 15 years in Canada. Prior to moving to Canada in 2002, he worked in the US in higher education administration and policy focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. Parker has an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

MindWell at the HR Leaders Summit

MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Geoff Soloway and MindWell Chair will join David Goodman and MindWell Client, Lynne Moussa of Coast Capital Savings to present at the HRD HR Leaders Summit.  Their presentation focused on "Preparing for the Present: A Mindful Organization."

Developing a mindful culture is an effective response to the kinds of maladies found in our modern workplaces—the pressure to do more with less, always being on, constant distractions, plus rising incidence of mental health problems.

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MindWell at the Nova Scotia

Workplace Health & Safety Conference

MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Geoff Soloway presented to attendees at this year's Workplace Health & Safety Conference in Halifax on April 15.

His presentation covered MindWell's proprietary teaching,"Mindfulness-in-Action" and how this skill is a core competency for health & safety culture and leadership. Geoff's first question to Health and Safety leaders across Nova Scotia attending the conference:

What is the Majority of accidents in a workplace caused by?

A.Proper procedure ignored

B.Inadequate skills or knowledge

C.Inadequate tools or equipment

D.Lack of or inadequate job procedures

E.Employees are not paying attention 

Their response was unanimous - E - Employees are not paying attention.

Mindfulness is a training in attention and a must have for Physical and Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace.


Neuroscience shows that 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they sit quietly and do nothing for 15 minutes a day

"Neuroscientists found that the meditators had more gray matter in another brain region, this time linked to decision-making and working memory: the frontal cortex. In fact, while most people see their cortexes shrink as they age, 50-year-old meditators in the study had the same amount of gray matter as those half their age.

That's remarkable."

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