I remember being angry one morning as I sat at my computer --working from home, and my children wanted my attention. They were young, crying loudly, and I was under a deadline. I could feel my frustration growing, I was tired, stressed, and anxious. The moment I realized I had raised my voice at my kids, with so much anxiety in my body, was the moment I realized I wasn't present. That awareness brought me to meditation.
Meditation has guided me to so much more calm and peace within my mind and body. Frustration, stress, and anxiety still find their way into my body (after all, I am a mom of 3!) but I am now more aware and mindful of when these moments happen. I can quickly respond from a place of compassion for myself and others. I am able to be present and be the best version of me.
Meditation offers benefits to your mental and physical health. It increases tranquil focus while decreasing the "clutter" in the mind. Through the practice of becoming more aware and present, you are able to cultivate a deeper sense of inner calm and develop new perspectives.
For an individual, a meditation practice is a habitual process of training your mind to focus, redirect your thoughts, increase awareness of yourself, others, and your surroundings. Meditation benefits also include reduce stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, generates kindness, may help fight addictions, improves sleep, and can decrease blood pressure, just to name a few!
According to the Harvard Business Review:
“Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s actually a must-have: a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. When we take a seat, take a breath, and commit to being mindful, particularly when we gather with others who are doing the same, we have the potential to be changed.”
There are many studies that support the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. Some include:
Bringing mindfulness into the workplace has the potential to decrease people’s stress and anxiety through heightened awareness, which in turn leads to improved performance. Also, perhaps most importantly from a leadership perspective, mindfulness encourages engagement. Being fully present as a leader, and allowing your team to be fully in the moment, will reap rewards both personally and professionally.
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