The Art of Storytelling

At the Mindfulness at work Conference in Cranfield University in September, Alexander Mackenzie facilitated an interesting workshop on the power of storytelling and its links with Mindfulness and Presence. Leaders can build skills in storytelling to inform, engage and inspire others. The power of the story is much deeper than rational facts and figures. We remember images at a deeper level of memory and the story which connects not only with imagery but also with our emotional world becomes very powerful in moving us to action. What is the link with Mindfulness? In coming into the present moment, we go beyond the thinking mind and beyond our conditioning. This allows us to access creativity at its source. We can learn how to do this with stillness, presence and then the courage of writing or talking from this stillness. In learning to do this we can also experience the joy of creating and that joy can be an inspiration for others.