The Disciplined Art of Meditation

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Why is it harder to think about nothing than it is to think about something?

Tibetan monks have for centuries practised the art of meditation. For hours upon hours, each week, they would meditate as a way to understand themselves and the world in a deeper and transforming way. Today, we can learn and benefit from this ancient tradition in all kinds of ways.

On average, a person has anywhere between 12-60,000 thoughts a day. 95% are the same thoughts as the day before and 80% are negative [1]. The science behind meditation has found that the longer you practice, the better your brain becomes at self-regulation. This allows you to reduce your brains energy consumption at rest (95% of your thoughts) and access a state of repose more easily.

So, how can you benefit from Meditation?

The longer we meditate, the more present we become in the moment. Active training of the mind allows us to appreciate the things around us. It allows us to have clear thoughts and mitigate mind wondering, often associated with being less happy and worrying about the past and the

future. When practised daily, we see reduced anxiety, stress and inflammation levels and improved memory, attention and focus.

Would you buy a house and only ever use one room? We have all been gifted with one of the most powerful tools in the universe, so why would you not want to optimise its resources?

Following 2020, mental health issues are among some of the biggest challenge’s business’s face.

Society encourages physical exercise whenever a healthier lifestyle or work-life balance is required, however, it fails to address the exercise of the brain, meditation. At Transaction Focus, we believe it should be recognised to the same level as physical exercise and should be taught from a young age. The ability to clear your thoughts allows you to become more emotionally calm and induces a heightened state of awareness and focused attention toward future goals.

Image the power your business can have if all its employees are optimising their resource. It is not that hard to implement and can have a phenomenal impact on increased revenue. In the workplace, it can…

  • Reduce prejudice
  • Improve cognition
  • Counteract stress and burnout
  • Improve collaboration, innovation and quality of work
  • Boost memory
  • Control emotional reactions

The more we connect inwardly the better we connect outwardly.

There are nine different types of meditation, spiritual, mindful, movement, focused, mantra, transcendental, progressive, loving-kindness and visualisation. Depending on its purpose, some techniques work better for some than others, but almost all can be practised anywhere, including the workplace. Here are some ideas/tips of ways you can incorporate them into your work environment.

  • Begin your day with meditating for 1-3 minutes (set a reoccurring meeting, with yourself, every day on your work calendar)
  • Incorporate a 90-second meditation to begin or end a meeting (this helps set the tone for the discussion, manage stress and frame the mindset)
  • Hold group meditation sessions during the day.
  • Create a meditation room that is quiet and decorated differently from the rest of the office (employees should be able to use this space throughout the day for 5- 20 minutes)
  • Allow your first meditation of the day to be aspirational or your company’s mantra (repeat the sentence)
  • Create a wellbeing plan with TFocus Health Wellbeing. Start to incorporate wellbeing activities and meditation into your weekly schedule. Find out more at www.tfocushealth.com/wellbeing

Teach yourself and your employees to respond rather than react.

Become more aware and purposeful about your actions

Remember we are people first, workers second

Don’t forget to breathe in again!

Contact me at jasmine.ruske@transactionfocus.com to find out how meditation can help you can tap into the undiscovered potential of your team.

Jasmine Ruske

[1] https://medium.com/the-mission/a-practical-hack-to-combat-negative-thoughts-in-2-minutes-or-less