• Mindfulness for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

    About Sage Mindfulness

    We believe that men and women are redefining for themselves, what it means to live a productive yet deeply fulfilling life.

     

    Perhaps you are one of these people ?

     

    As the pace of cultural, technological and business life accelerates, so do the number of daily distractions that threaten the very thing we are reaching for - a purposeful, richly textured and vital life.

     

    But the uncomfortable truth for many of us, is that more is required of us as people, than ever before - at work, at school or home.

      

    But we study, work and live in an age where attention is under assault. Performance pressure, constant distraction, information overload, and an "always on" mindset and culture are depleting our the essential resources for success - our attention and our vitality.

     

    But in today's dynamic and increasingly demanding world, how do you find the mental and emotional space to thrive both at work and at home ?

     

    We are passionate about sharing and teaching the skills of mindful awareness (mindfulness). We specialize in private, face to face coaching for people with busy lifestyles.

     

    We will teach you to cultivate a new quality of attention and presence - "the power of the now", that truly allows you to thrive at home, at work and at play.

     

    We'll help you get better at working... and get better at not working.

  • Is This For Me?

    Our programs are designed to help you if:

    • You feel overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do at work and home

    • You feel mentally or emotionally depleted after work

    • You wish you could find a way to de-stress in a matter of minutes, not hours

    • You want to be able to deal with conflict more effectively

    • You manage stress using unhealthy habits like snacking or smoking

    • You have experienced burn out or worry about it

    • Work is affecting your sleep or relationships

    • You want to feel more joy, clarity and ease at work and home

  • What You'll Learn With Us

     

    What can I expect in each session?

    Each session is approximately one-third content and two-thirds skill training. Skill training includes professionally led individual mindful awareness exercises and shared discussions and insights. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning i.e., learning by doing and reflecting briefly on our experience. All the exercises are simple, practical and designed to be doable within the context of busy lives. 


    What are the specific skills I will come away with?

    Training your attention and focus

    Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. You'll learn to train your attention to create a quality of mind that is both calm and alert. This quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional intelligence, decision making, productivity and problem solving.

    Enhancing Your Self Knowledge and Self Awareness

    Use trained attention and awareness to understand cognitive and emotional processes. This knowledge provides the individual with the ability to regulate and master emotions in times of challenge, change or stress.

    Creating Useful Habits and Leadership Skills

    Develop the habits of leading with empathy and emotional intelligence to communicate with insight. These habits can be trained and can create trust, leadership qualities, and authentic relationships that lead to highly productive collaborations.

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    "Neuroscience research shows us that attention is the fundamental energy of the mind. How we use our attention will dictate the habits we form, the emotions we experience and the outcomes we create." - Bruce McCoubrey, Sage Mindfulness

  • About

    Bruce McCoubrey is an emerging leader in field of mindfulness. He teaches mindfulness in a way that is accessible to anyone, no matter what your level of knowledge or background.

     

    He is also a veteran of teaching mindfulness in schools and has coached hundreds of grades 8 and 9s through their first encounters with mindfulness, using the Mindful Schools Curriculum, on behalf of the Crisis Centre in Vancouver, BC.

     

    He is also a trained facilitator of Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, a direct descendent of the acclaimed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. This program is an evidence based mindfulness approach to addiction recovery. 

     

    Bruce is currently delivering mindfulness programs for Mindwell U at both University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in the Fall of 2016.

     

    A visionary and dynamic speaker, Bruce is based out of the Vancouver, BC area and leads trainings in Canada. He is highly regarded for his down-to-earth, compassionate training, speaking and community leadership.

     

    Bruce continues his mindfulness education with Dan Siegal's Mindsight Institute, as well as other leading mindfulness teachers in the field including Sharon Salzberg, Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA and Reggie Ray of Dharma Ocean.

    Bruce McCoubrey

    Mindfulness Trainer

  • The Science of Mindfulness

    Don't take our word for it. Over 500 research studies on mindfulness were published in 2014. The results are compelling in many areas that affect human health and well being. It improves focus, mental clarity, decision making, creativity as well as empathy and pro-social behaviours.

     

    Mindfulness also shows long terms improvements in anxiety and stress related disorders, depression. It has also been shown to improve immune function.

    "So many people can benefit (from mindfulness): product managers who need to manage multiple projects and have information charging at them from all over the company; managers who have employees who need them fully present but their minds are on a million other things; engineers who get interrupted during very deep coding sessions and need to get back to that space as quickly as possible; high-level executives who need to see the big picture and need to make space to foster innovation rather than control. The ability to synchronize our mind with our body supports all of these common daily challenges. We can always ask how embodied we are in any given moment.” 
     

    -Michelle Gale, Twitter Leadership & Development Program

    11 Hours

     

    NEUROSCIENTISTS have also found that, after just 11 HOURS of meditation, practitioners had structural changes in the part of the brain involved in monitoring our FOCUS and SELF CONTROL.

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    Research from 163 DIFFERENT STUDIES suggested that mindfulness-meditation practice had an overall POSITIVE EFFECT on improving anxiety and stress.

    20 Minutes

    A US experiment found that just four days of training for just 20 minutes per day could help on a battery of cognitive tests. The researchers discovered that the mindfulness meditation practitioners performed particularly well on tasks with time constraints, suggesting that mindfulness could be useful for any of us who have to work to deadlines too

  • Connect With Us! 

    PO BOX 2379
    Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5V 3W7
    Call us at 604-771-1634, fill out the form below or email:

    sagemindfulness@gmail.com

  • FAQs

     

     I’m new to mindfulness, will this be over my head?

     

    Our programs are designed for people who are serious about reaching their full potential in business and life. If you’re committed to using the mindfulness practices to cultivate new qualities of awareness, focus, authenticity and empathy then you’ll love what we share with you.

     

     

    What is mindfulness meditation anyway?

    There are essentially two types of meditation: insight and concentration. Mindfulness can be considered insight meditation, since it brings full attention, full presence, to the present moment without trying to alter or manipulate the experience. This type of awareness allows us to find greater ease and freedom from habits of mind and body that limit us or cause us suffering. Concentration meditation on the other hand focuses on concepts, imagery or a mantra. Concentration meditation can bring a sense of deep tranquillity. Insight meditation allows us to understand the nature of mind and body and it's ever changing nature. We then see how difficulties and suffering arise from blocking the natural ebb and flow of things. This blocking happens in several ways, such as grasping, aversion and the self-limiting definitions we impose on ourselves or our experience.

     

     

    How will I find the time to fit this into my schedule?

    Almost everyone I teach starts out with this challenge. If you have two minutes free in a day then you have time to savour moments of mindfulness. Once you get a taste of the very real benefits, of even just 2 minutes, most people begin to build a habit of setting aside short periods of time each day to practice. We can bring mindful awareness to any action - even taking a shower or going for a walk.

     

     

    I’m well established in mindfulness, am I going to be bored? 

    The teaching is a  combination of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and empathy. Along with the course materials, our teaching is about “practicing” these skills, community-building and peer-to-peer learning (in group programs). If you feel mastery in these areas, then this course maybe isn’t for you.

     

     

    Do I need to bring anything? 

    Bring an open heart, open mind and your favourite pen. We’ll provide worksheets and other materials you'll need to make the most of the sessions. The focus on our sessions is using our own direct experience and reflecting on what we experience in the sessions as our primary teaching materials. Mindfulness is not about theory or book learning.

     

     

    What if I take medications or am currently under the guidance of a physician, psychiatrist or counsellor?

    Mindfulness is a life skill. It is not counselling or therapy in any form. We do not advise on medical or psychological conditions, medications or diagnoses. However we do ask that you disclose these to us in our intake form and seek advice from your physician before embarking on mindfulness training if you have any concerns. If we feel mindfulness is not appropriate for you, we will suggest other avenues to explore. 

     

    What should I wear? 

    Wear something you feel confident and comfortable in.

     

     

    What happens in a typical session?

    Each week we have a theme we will explore (i.e "Stepping Out of Automatic Pilot"). The session usually starts with an orientation to the theme, a review of some of the reading and resources on the subject. Then we practice developing mindfulness skills around this theme using guided mindfulness practices from your instructor. We then can share any insights and experiences that may benefit ourselves and the group. We end with a review of what we've learned and your instructor sets a practice assignment and reading for the coming week.

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