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ERIC Number: EJ1158474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
Integral Mindflow: A Process of Mindfulness-in-Flow to Enhance Individual and Organization Learning
Cacioppe, Ron Lewis
Learning Organization, v24 n6 p408-417 2017
Purpose: This paper aims to examine the differences in mindfulness, meditation and flow and the conditions in which each occurs. It summarizes research that demonstrates positive benefits of these three for employee and organizational learning. While mindfulness focuses awareness on what is occurring in the moment, flow involves total immersion in an activity and loss of awareness of one's self and the environment. This paper discusses if and how mindfulness can be incorporated into flow and how this relates to organizational learning. Design/methodology/approach: A mindfulness-in-flow process, called mindflow, is described as one that includes open awareness at the "integral point". Pilot programmes were conducted that integrated mindfulness, meditation and flow for three companies and participants that reported personal physical and psychological benefits and development of mindfulness-in-flow skills. Findings: This paper suggests that conducting workplace programmes and environments that incorporate mindfulness, meditation and flow has considerable potential to improve culture, responsiveness and learning. Research limitations/implications: For mindflow to be a useful process to enhance individual and organizational learning, conditions need to be embedded which encourage mindfulness and flow in the organization. Further research is needed into the study of the integration of mindfulness in flow versus mindfulness, the workplace conditions necessary to support mindflow and how these translate into organizational learning. Practical implications: Organizations need to provide workplace conditions, resources and systems that support mindful flow. Leaders also need to be models and coaches to guide individuals and teams to work in a mind-flow way. Social implications: The process and practice of mindflow provides greater fulfillment for workers as well as greater alignment between the organization's products and services and the well being of society. Originality/value: This paper suggests that conducting workplace programmes and providing organizational conditions that incorporate mindfulness, meditation and flow will increase organizational learning and provide an essential culture for a learning organization.
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Language: English
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