Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training (MBSAT) is developed by Dr. Juan Humberto Young who saw the need for a non-clinical mindfulness protocol for the workplace. Well-known mindfulness training protocols such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with several others focus on target populations with specific clinical needs – from relieving stress symptoms resulting from physical pain or psychological pressure to the prevention of relapse into depression. Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training is developed as a workplace mindfulness program and for individuals at home.
Mindfulness in VUCA
Our world is fraught with constant flux, characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Organizations are facing unexpected changes from rapid digital transformation to emergence of the gig economy to the aftermath of COVID19. The effect of these changes ripple to those, not in the workplace but dependent on the smooth running of economies for the family to function. MBSAT responds to these challenges. Like MBSR and MBCT, MBSAT is an 8-week mindfulness protocol. It enables participants to discern emerging options and avoid dangers lurking in an opaque and entangled environment with strategic awareness. By focusing on strategic awareness, MBSAT puts skillful decision making at the core of its training.
Strategic Awareness in MBSAT
Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training targeted at the workplace is emphasized on personal growth, meaning, and fulfillment in life. The decision-focus of MBSAT cultivates self-awareness so one becomes conscious of biases, unhelpful conditioning, and habitual patterns such as impulsive reactions, likes, and dislikes that hinder clear and wise decision-making. Self-awareness helps awaken us to our personal goals and values.
It also supports participants in training to pause and look within for new and emerging options that offer alternative courses of action instead of reacting. MBSAT is also focused on cultivating friendliness, helping us strengthen and improve existing relationships, and change existing attitudes towards friendliness. Relationships are after all an important network and link between co-workers and managers. Teamwork and better working relationships can help an organisation function as one with purpose.
MBSAT is not a healing program in its orientation. It is developmental in nature and integrated with Positive Psychology. The 8-week workplace mindfulness training helps non-clinical people cope with contemporary challenges and flourish in a disruptive environment.