A brief history of Mindfulness

The origins of Mindfulness are often debated although Mindfulness is a practice involved in various religious and secular traditions, from Hinduism and Buddhism to yoga and, more recently, non-religious meditation. People have been practising mindfulness for thousands of years, whether by itself or as part of a larger tradition.

The origins of the world mindfulness are said to come from the Pali language and the word ‘vipassana’ meaning clear seeing.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing 

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.

Mindfulness can reduce perceived stress and strengthen individual and organisational resilience. 

Watch the video opposite to learn more about why Mindfulness 

Neuroscience and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple approach to training our minds and strengthening concentration, emotional awareness and resilience. It is used to support wellbeing as well as to promote creativity and performance.

When practising mindfulness, you start by settling your attention on the breath. In doing this, your mind relaxes and different areas of your nervous system and brain become active.

Our nervous system has two distinct parts. The sympathetic system is responsible for physical action, and the parasympathetic for relaxation and recovery. 

Mindfulness practice enables people to learn to activate their parasympathetic nervous system which lowers stress, brings health benefits such as reducing blood pressure and strengthening the immune system, and lifting your mood.

Mindfulness at Work 

There has been an enormous growth in research on the benefits of regular mindfulness practice, which has become established in schools and universities, the police force, in the UK parliament and many international companies.  

Paying more attention promotes divergent thinking to generate new ideas and spark creativity. Mindfulness enhances awareness and your ability to set aside mental clutter thus strengthening the ability to remain focused under pressure and enhancing the ability to remain open minded for new ideas and challenges.

Clearer focus and improved concentration supports you to remain calm in stressful situations leading to a reduction in error rates, improved decision making and avoiding inefficiencies.

Collaboration and communication and greater relationship satisfaction can boost compassion and self-reflection. This can significantly improve team relationships, increased job satisfaction and engagement.


Mindfulness at Jaguar Land Rover

At Jaguar Land Rover we have developed our own in-house Mindfulness guided practice as an e-learning course. This resource offers an introduction to Mindfulness, with some short guided practices to try. This e-learning is a pre-requisite for the Mindfulness workshop.

The Mindfulness course has been developed in partnership with Kalapa Academy and is available via SuccessFactors.

Single-sign on is required to access these resources.

Online Resources and Apps

A number of apps and on-line resources are available for you to try Mindfulness. Below are examples of what's available and growing in popularity with Jaguar Land Rover employees. 

Stress Free Island (Thrive)

Stress Free Island (Thrive) is the world’s first (EAP) app provided via the Jaguar Land Rover Employee Assistance Programme which includes a clinically proven digital proactive prevention tool for stress and anxiety.

Visit care-first.co.uk/signup to register and download for free now!

Access/coupon code: JLR0001

Once signed up/registered via the link above, use the log in details you created to access the downloaded app.*

* The app is provided via our Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first. Jaguar Land Rover will not receive any employee information or data from the provider. 


A digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps.

Visit headspace.com

You can sign-up for free but subscription to Headspace incurs a fee which is payable by the user and not Jaguar Land Rover. 

Useful Links

To find out more about Mindfulness, please check out the links below.


NHS Choices - nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness

Oxford Mindfulness Centre - oxfordmindfulness.org

Harvard Business Review - hbr.org/2016/11/mindfulness-works-but-only-if-you-work-at-it

McKinsey - mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/recovering-from-information-overload

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