University of Toronto Keynote: Resiliency in Mind

Canada’s Healthy Workplace month was held over October and University of Toronto’s Organizational Development and Learning Centre, and the Work-Life Advisory Committee invited Michael Apollo to host the Closing Keynote address at Rotman Business School. Click here to view the keynote.

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The Keynote was titled Resiliency in Mind and engaged the audience to reflect back to when they began working, how they felt at this time and how easily the mind shifts perspectives when we are placed into a rapidly changing workplace environment. The neuroscience of stress and mindfulness was explored including the use of mindful awareness to help see clearly what assumptions and perspectives we place upon challenging situations and how we can skillfully respond to whatever is happening. Self compassion was also discussed as a key practice to help stay resilient by targeting the relationship we have with our selves and others to optimize our effectiveness in any given moment.

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Interview with Michael Apollo –

Work. Home. Family. Relationships. How do we balance it? And more importantly, how do we make sure not to miss a moment of what’s actually happening, instead of worrying about what tomorrow holds in store?

So, how do we make ourselves present? How do we focus on what’s right in front of our faces instead of turning to our smart phone every 5 minutes for news about upcoming events and who’s doing what where at any given point in time?

“It’s simple, but it’s not easy,” says Michael Apollo, Program Director of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Apollo has been personally training in meditation and mindfulness for over 13 years and now dedicates his life to helping others use mindfulness as a tool in the workplace and the home. The end goal? Be happy and suffer less.

Click here to read this interview with Michael Apollo