Did you know the average person misses out on half of their life? 47% of the time, people are distracted from the task in front of them. This is the main concern of Nathalie Henderickx, Mindfulness Mentor and founder of Zen High Achiever, whose work involves meditative practices to make executives their most focused selves.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about bringing yourself fully into the present moment and consciously becoming fully aware of your thoughts and feelings. It has become quite a buzzword in the corporate sector because of the science behind it: mindfulness mentors use positive psychology and neuroscience in their practices, fusing traditional Buddhist meditative practices with newer discoveries to create a holistic approach to wellbeing and mental fortitude.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

According to Heynderickx, mindfulness is a means of mental healing that aims to reduce stress, and through this improves sleep patterns and memory. It builds up emotional intelligence, to make one less reactive and more responsive: a quality that is extremely beneficial not just in one’s personal life, but in an organisational context as well.

Research on the effects of mindfulness practice points to regulated blood pressure, better heart health, and improved wellbeing. All this adds up to better performance: the result of mindfulness training can lead to a 5 – 20% increase in focus and productivity.

What Does a Mindfulness Mentor Do?

A mindfulness mentor teaches their charges the importance of the present moment, and this can be for a variety of reasons. Heynderickx works in the corporate sector with a very diverse range of clientele including tech professionals, senior executives and junior staff. For her clients, their needs are largely focused around the demands of their work: how to handle stress and high-pressure environments while avoiding or recovering from burnouts. She uses mindfulness techniques to help them with these goals.

How do You Become a Mindfulness Mentor?

Heynderickx’s story started as a Solutions Architect: her positive experience and results with a mindfulness program opened her mind to the field, and study led to a career pivot. According to her, if you want to a mindfulness mentor, these two factors are key:

  • Discipline: To reach a point where you can help others, constant effort and disciplined daily meditative practices have to be established in your own life.
  • Motivation: In order to make it in this profession, you have to really align your values with the mindfulness field. Passion is important.

Certifications in the field are also a must if you intend on doing this professionally: these set the pace and teach you how to teach others. These three come highly recommended:

  1. Search Inside Yourself
  2. Gawler Foundation
  3. MBSR

Interested in the field of mindfulness, or want to become a mentor yourself?

See our recommended resources below:

Renowned Teachers

Thich Nhat Hanh

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Allan Wallace

Tara Brach

Jack Kornfield

Retreats

Vipassana by Goenka

Sunnataram By Prah Mana

Plum Village by Thich Nhat Hanh

Books

Mindfulness in Plain English

Attention Revolution

How to Meditate

One Second Ahead

The Mind of the Leader

Further Resources

Greater Good Science Center

Courses, Programs, and Degrees