Nothing. Millions of dollars are flooding into meditation: the industry of essentially teaching people how to do nothing. So, why not incorporate that into my blogs? Ready? Breathe deep. Close your eyes. Say, “Om.”
Okay, so it might be a little harder than that: actually, way harder than that, and that’s because meditation is a legitimate practice. It’s recent trip from hippy taboo to mainstream trend is in large part due to studies showing legitimate benefits to practitioners well-being.
These developments in this niche of the health and fitness industry provide a lot of opportunities. Innovators and high level executives have long used meditation to increase their own performance, and with the right culture in place, you and your employees can reap those same benefits by practicing meditation in the workplace.
Meditation and Business Skills
The exact boost that meditation provides is so intangible that it is tough for many to describe. However it boils down to increased focus, determination, and compassion. Meditation provides a forum for you and your employees to ground yourselves and eliminate distractions that hinder performance. It also can reinforce purpose, motivating a workforce. Lastly, it can take others outside themselves to see the troubles of others, taking teamwork from a cliché poster to an actual practice in the office.
How to Incorporate Meditation in Business
Meditation in the workplace does not have to be a time consuming affair. Granted, the greater emphasis you put on it, the greater benefits you will receive, but if focused meditation sessions can be as short as two minutes. Employers don’t even have to invest money into learning or teaching meditation. Riding meditation’s wave of popularity, two very popular apps, Headspace and OMG I Can Meditate! , have made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to have access to a spiritual guide.
What’s more important than the investment of resources, is simply creating a culture that emphasizes well-being, where employees can dedicate ten minutes to meditation without feeling guilty for not staring at their screen.
Meditation may just be the health world’s latest fad, but it’s benefits have long been what great companies foster in their employees. Those that can cut through the connotations and unneeded fluff of meditation, can use the tool to drive success.