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Mindfulness For Peak Performance – Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness For Peak Performance

Michael Chaskalson is the founder and Chief Executive of Mindfulness Works Ltd. The author of The Mindful Workplace (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and Mindfulness In Eight Weeks (Harper Thorsons, 2014), Michael is one of the world’s foremost proponents of the use of mindfulness in workplace settings. He has a master’s degree in the clinical applications of mindfulness and more than 40 years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines. Michael has delivered mindfulness training to groups and senior individuals in a wide range of organisations around the world.

In this presentation Michael shows us how mindfulness helps us perform at our best when we’re under pressure and how it increases our capacity for resilience of stressful situations in the workplace.

He teaches about how sustained attention and sustained intention build new neural pathways in your brain and gives us a chance to experience a number of short and practical mindfulness practices, including the mindful minute.

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129 Responses

  1. Diana Jackon

    Another wonderful talk. Thank you all for this marvellous summit. Have enjoyed everything about it. Do hope I can manage to access it all when it is finished.

  2. Liz H

    Another great talk with some good techniques and so obvious understanding of our actions & reactions. A quote I use a lot was told to me by a great & inspirational tai chi & meditation teacher & I stop & use it often “and so it is”
    Loving the summit Melli you have given us a very generous gift ????

  3. gordon oliver

    First class stuff! Thoroughly enjoyed such a well-structured and professional presentation. I’ll go back again to re-read his excellent book on Mindfulness. Such a warm and engaging guy. So glad to have listened to this. Thank you

  4. Jim Bright

    I have heard in the past that left handed people use the opposite sides of the brain for certain functions. As a leftie, I am curious to know, if anyone has any information on this, if this is the case with the left/right prefrontal cortex activation pertaining to the approach/avoidance modes. Do left handed people use the left side for avoidance and the right side for approach as opposed to the opposite for right handed people?

    1. Christine

      Hi Jim, I think I can answer your question. I am a neuropsychologist. Most left handed people have the same brain organization as right handed people. The brain is, generally speaking because it is very highly integrated, organized with language managed by the left hemisphere and visual spatial skills managed by the right hemisphere. This is true for right handed people and for 90% of left handed people. There are about 10% of left handed people who have language managed by the right hemisphere. But other brain organization is the same for both right and left handers. I hope that helps. -Christine

      1. Jim Bright

        Hi Christine,

        Thanks very much for your answer. Fascinating stuff. I’ve always wondered about this so it’s good to have a neuropsychologist answer this so clearly. – Jim

  5. Elizabeth Hitchman

    I absolutely loved this talk/presentation. Extremely helpful and useful! Thank-you!
    The visual slides were rich in simplicity, allowing the messages to be conveyed, l even found myself pausing the film and creating some of the visuals on a piece of paper to hang up in my design studio for visual reference.

    The one-minute mindfulness technique is most powerful – simple, yet effective. Lovely!

    My mind feels quiet, rested and happily inspired having watched this presentation. Will be certainly purchasing Michael’s book 🙂

  6. nancy king

    I loved this evidence based session on the benefits of mindfulness……………………..I started meditation practise when it wasn’t actually that popular and people thought I was a bit weird. It is great that Science has the evidence now to prove that meditation and mindfulness actually change the brain.

  7. Susaninthecape8044

    Melli, our speakers are wonderful and very accomplished. I was wondering if there is a master book list of works they have authored. I so look forward to learning more through their works.

  8. Sharon

    Exactly what I needed today. This whole summit has taught me how to deal with stress. I can’t thank you enough Melli! It has taken me 61 years to learn I can’t control everything. I can only control my reaction to things. Something happened today that would normally send me into a tail spin. Instead I took 10 minutes and meditated. It really helped. Then when I would find the stress starting back up I would take 2 minutes. That seemed to get things back in perspective. I think this is something I want to make a part of my life.☺️

  9. Amy

    I really enjoyed this as well. I’m loving the reminders that it’s natural for the mind to wander and that I can achieve a bit of mindfulness by taking just a quick minute to just breathe. Thank you!

  10. Maria T+Calva

    Wow this explanation was crystal clear!! I love this session. Thank you so much for this wonderful presenter!! This was another excellent gift for me on my birthday ???? thank you so much!!!

  11. Arline Vitale

    I got the understanding of, “It is, what it is” at the conclusion of the est training in 1980, and also learned at that time how “resistance causes persistence”. Michael reinforced these concepts for me on our 26th day with his dynamic presentation. Michael’s excellent use of graphics clearly illustrated his messages on mindfulness. Thank you for sharing this gift ~ the summit is impacting my life in a profound way.

  12. Carol Piros

    Another excellent presentation. Michael thank you so much for your engaging presentation. I love the science behind the practice. I am learning so much in this summit. So grateful To Melli for putting this together. It is never too late to learn a new and better way of being!

    1. Helena Saray

      So sorry for the same repeated posts!!!! I had a glitch on this end last night and had a difficult time posting a comment…I see that it got repeated several times. My apology. LOL!

  13. Denise walters

    Thank you Michael great talk and great research too. This summit has been incredible- will there be anything happening after the month is over- any way to stay connected with everyone who has taken part? X

  14. Anna

    The presentation was very well performed and I enjoyed the way Michael guides practicing.
    The questions that arise in me and wants to be expressed, are about the “red” neurotransmitters and also about the right frontal cortex. I have studied quite a lot of these matters, as physiotherapist and mindfulness facilitator.
    Those models seem to lack understanding of the complexity of our physiology. We clearly need all the anatomical parts of our brain, as well as all neurotransmitters in order to function well. To value some of them as “good” and desirable and others as “bad” and undesirable, will only create confusion and delusion.
    Our society values the outgoing approaching part of us and is not supportive of the introspective, avoiding part.
    What is retreat or monastic life, other then avoiding certain domains of life, in order to learn more about new territory?

    1. Michael Chaskalson

      Thanks, Anna, for that very helpful comment. Yes – of course – I shall make a point of clarifying this in future. The braid is complex and wiring is recursive. Stuff goes on all over and activation here relates to activation there. True. Simplification can lead to misunderstanding and, in any case, I’m no neuroscientist but the broad story around left/right prefrontal activation holds good, I believe.

      Also, neurotransmitters. Clearly there are times when adrenaline and cortisol are needed and beneficial. But I believe that in our Woking culture today they’re unbalanced and that’s what I’m wanting to draw attention to.

      Thanks again for the helpful clarification.


  15. Shantelle Bates

    What an amazing and informative session, found the information extremely helpful and are grateful for the opportunity to understand more about how mindfulness affects the brain as well as helping when under pressure. All of the information was relayed in such an understanding fashion, it was a great to be able to follow. Thanks Michael
    Thanks Melli and Matt for the additional time for this session, I can understand how little problems can crop up that can change plans. But please know it has really been appreciated, Thanks again.

  16. Megan Spencer

    Fantastic talk, really illuminating and yet simple. Loved the way Michael integrated research into the ideas of mindfulness. Lovely approach to delivery of the material also. Thank you again.

  17. Debbie McNairnay

    Interesting the comments on being a calm, connected and assured leader, I can certainly extrapolate this to family dynamics where the parent (the leader) inadvertently imparts stress and anxiety and possibly depressive tendencies to their children, even at a very young age. An AHA! moment for me.

    I work as a nurse in the oncology setting and I plan to use the mindful minute regularly at work.

  18. Karen Kempf

    Thank you for this very informative and thoughtful session. I loved Michael’s style and presentation skills. It certainly made a lot of sense especially in the workforce and how it could help.

  19. Shaun

    Thank you Michael, that was _exactly_ what I needed!

    I had a phone call last week at work that was such an intense, fast push to the ‘red zone’ I actually took leave immediately after it and have spent the last week wondering about whether I can return, for the sake of my own health.

    Your lecture has made me realise I probably can, and has given me the tools and knowledge to make me feel safer to try doing so.

    Needless to say I am getting the book 🙂

  20. Teresa Gray

    Thank you Michael for a lovely talk. loved the poem and both meditations. This summit has been life changing for me, i hope I can continue once the 31 days are finished.

  21. Mari Gray

    Thank you, Michael, for this talk. I’m thinking of friends for whom this introduction to mindfulness would be quite appealing, and was wondering if this talk is available elsewhere. I would like to share it with them.

    Thank you Mellie for presenting this summit.

  22. Len Moskowitz

    I suggest – only partly in jest – that maybe this summit should have been called “the Buddhist-influenced mindfulness summit (except for Sam Harris)”.

    Aren’t there mindfulness educators who come from non-Buddhist backgrounds who have something to offer the mindfulness community?

  23. Anne MCGenniss

    I really enjoyed Michaels presentation and simple easy to understand explanation of the neuroscience and mindful practices especially loved the mindful minute breathing. Thank you so much for Melli for putting together this fantastic summit with such a marvellous array of speakers. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation .

  24. Laura Stell

    Thank you. Much food for thought.
    The “Dynamic Equilibrium” graphic helped me understand the three dimensions of the forgetting-remembering patterns during meditation and mindful practice. The resulting biological process of building neural pathways to sustained attention, intention, and attitudes blew my mind!

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