Meditate Your Way To A Better Life at Work

When I go back to visit the States, one of the first questions I get asked is: “are you still meditating?”

The answer is always the same:   Of course.

I need it to thrive.

I attribute part of any success I may have achieved to this daily habit.  When people ask me how they can have a better life at work or how they can become a more effective leader, I recommend meditation.

You may think that meditation is something only for religious people in white flowing clothes, but meditation helps you  clear your mind, learn about yourself and reduce your stress level. It’s for everyone.

You may want to learn a particular method of meditation, such as transcendental meditation or meditation based on buddhist or Hindhi principles, but there are other ways to meditate that might be of your own making.

I’ve been meditating for more than thirty years.  It’s the first thing I do when I wake up as soon as I finish washing up.

My meditation is my own type, combined with some visualizations of my day.

First, I clear my mind of any worries that I might have. I keep my mind clear and relaxed.  When any real life thoughts come to my mind, I gently push them away.

After about ten minutes, I start visualizing my day.  When I was teaching, I’d think about how I’d like my classes to go.  Now, I think about how the writing will come to me or what I may face in the gallery.  I think of who I might see during the day and how I would like to deal with them.

This entire process helps  me relax and let go of any negative thoughts.

If you want a better life at work, start meditating.   If you’d like an easy way to start, read The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson.

You can learn what to do in just a few minutes and if you practice for 10-20 minutes a day, you can relieve your tension and in the words of the author, “obtain a richer, healthier, more productive life.”

You will experience other benefits as you practice meditation include greater peacefulness, a feeling of greater connection to yourself as well as being more fulfilled and happier, greater self-actualization and improved relations with people at work.

It’s no wonder that some companies offer meditation classes for employees.

If I call my  friend Jeff  in Boston, I might hear his answering machine announce, “I’m sorry I can’t answer the phone now. I’m meditating.

Please leave your message and I will get back to you.” I used to think this was so weird, but not anymore.

He’s really changed and so relaxed and centered now.

I’m certainly not alone in advocating meditation as a way to have a better life at work.

Famed basketball coach Phil Jackson was also a great believer in the power of meditation. In his book, Sacred Hoops, Jackson talks about his experience in practicing zen meditation, using the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind as his guide.

Meditation helps you clear  the clouds that might be hanging over you.

You will work with clarity and a mind that is always fresh.


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