It wasn’t that long ago that if you mentioned the word meditation people would conjure up an idea in their head of a robed- monk sitting cross-legged in a monastery in India. This stereotype is long gone.
Meditation is being embraced by millions of people all over the world from all walks of life. It is being recognized as a key component to living a healthy, balanced life –including in the workplace!
Employers are recognizing meditation as a simple and effective tool to create positive change in their workplace. Why? It is simple. Stress costs employers billions of dollars every year. Stress is directly related to: sickness, reduced productivity, time off, accidents in the workplace, high turnover, sleep disorders, depression and conflicts. Scientific research has proven that meditation has many benefits including reducing stress.
For most people, their mind is going non-stop. Their mind is in the ‘drivers’ seat’ and it is like a wild animal out of control. Sound familiar? The average person has approximately 100,000 thoughts a day. Most of them are limiting and absolutely none of them are in the present moment. This means that they are either living in the past or the future, and are completely missing out on life – not to mention, they are overloaded with stress mentally and physically.
When you introduce a regular meditation practice into your life, it naturally draws the mind inward and quiets the mind. This enables you to relax and experience more peace and contentment within yourself. When people feel more balanced and at peace, their attitude will naturally become more positive. They are able to handle pressures in their personal and professional life with much more ease and grace, and communicate with more understanding and openness. Meditation can also give a person greater focus and clarity of mind making them much more efficient at their job. They are ‘in the flow’.
However, when you have employees that are not happy and are stressed-out it is much harder to change their behaviour and the culture of the organization. You can have pep talks, introduce change management initiatives, but over time nothing changes. The same old patterns resurface time and time again and it’s back to the ‘drawing board’. This takes a lot of time, energy and money.
If employers want to change the culture within their organization, it is much more effective when their employees experience peace within themselves. When people are more relaxed and content, they have a willingness to work together. Everyone is on the ‘same page’. As a result, moral goes up and productivity goes up.
— By Agni
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