Mindfulness and Meditation in the Workplace
Meditation is fast becoming known as the best way to reduce stress and increase the well-being of employees. As people continue to experience higher degrees of mental and physical demands throughout their work day. Combined with work pressures and personal demands, employee welfare and coping with stress is a growing concern in the workplace.
Many have tried to meditate before, it’s just one of those things that we should do, but we don’t. The biggest reason we hear, other than “no time,” is; “meditation is too hard; my mind is too busy.”
How meditation should be seen
Many people believe the mind needs to “stop thinking” during a meditation and the person must sit in complete stillness. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, we do want to limit the thoughts, however this takes time and is a skill that can only be developed.
Instead meditation should be more seen as time to give the mind a rest, to allow it some space, from the constant thinking, problem solving and inside chatter that occurs during the 60-70,000 thoughts we process daily.
As a society we are working longer hours, managing never-ending cycles of project deadlines, presentations, overflowing email inboxes and some people also need to deal with challenging co-workers or hierarchy. The workplace has become a place of high stress and people are really struggling with their mental health.
What is great about meditation is it’s easy to implement as anyone can do it. When comparing meditation to other stress relieving activities, like fitness, employees do not have to leave the office, get changed or have a shower after. Everyone can also participate regardless of their health and fitness level. Making it a very practical practice for all and attendance stays high.
What do we do?
Bodhi Yoga has been working with corporate companies across Brisbane to help employees discover a regular meditation practice. What many don’t realise too, is there are also many different styles of meditation. Similar to exercise, you need to find what you love and only then it can become a lifestyle and not a chore. We also offer yoga in the workplace.
Our corporate meditation workshop begins with an eye-opening presentation. This overview uncovers myths, showcases the different styles available then concludes with a guided mindful meditation.
Mindful meditation is a great place to start new meditators as students can literally do it anywhere. Thus helps people bridge the gap as we introduce people into the joyful world of relaxing the mind and providing it a lot of relief in stressful situations.
Stress is the no. 1 epidemic of our civilization. Indirectly or directly, it’s related to things like insomnia, anxiety, fear, but also cardiovascular illness, inflammation in the body, heart disease and autoimmune illnesses. Many kinds of cancer are connected directly or indirectly to inflammation in the body. Meditation is a very effective way to start tackling this problem, this epidemic of stress.
– Deepak Chopra
The benefits of meditation are endless, here’s just a few:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Cultivate inner peace and harmony
- Improve emotional health
- Enhance self-awareness
- Lengthen attention span
- Connect with oneself
- Help to fight addictions
- Become more empathetic
We recommend beginning with our 45 minute Mindfulness in the Workplace presentation and meditation. This helps to introduce the concept to many new comers to meditation.
We have variety of ongoing meditation programs that range from meditation to yoga classes. Classes can be as short as 30 minutes and up to 90 minutes depending on the needs of the group.
Get in contact today if you’re keen to learn more or download our Corporate Yoga & Meditation – Information Pack today.