Wellness December 28th, 2016

Meditation 101: Find Your Inner Peace In The Workplace

When I used to think of meditating, I would picture sitting in a serene, quiet environment with my legs crossed, my eyes closed and in absolute stillness. Who has time for that, though? In reality, there are many benefits to midafternoon meditation. We no longer have to reserve time in the early morning hours or right before bed. Sometimes you need to make time during the most stressful or revved up parts of your day. For most of us, this is during the times we’re at work.

The definition of meditation is: “a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement or attention to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual growth.” There isn't a right or wrong way to do it. As long as your methods are helping you to get through your workday and achieve peace of mind, then you’re doing it correctly.

Using your lunch break to take a nice walk outside can be a great form of meditation. Leave your cell phone at your desk so you can solely focus on the sounds of nature around you and concentrate on your breathing. Keeping your breathing in tune with your steps as you listen to the birds and breeze around you will help calm you down.

Time tapping is a form of meditation that helps you focus wherever you happen to be. Start by placing your hands together or on your lap and touch each finger to its opposite finger, one by one while breathing in and out deeply. Think pinky to pinky, ring finger to ring finger and so on. You can also do this while reciting a mantra that makes you feel happy like “I am at peace today” or “I am in control of my day.”

If you’re allowed the privacy of having your own office space, an area outside, or a room that you can go in and use, it’s nice to take the time to sit somewhere and meditate quietly, too. Try to erase any distractions from your mind and concentrate on your breathing. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for four seconds and then release your breath out for four seconds. Clear your thoughts as much as you possibly can until you’re in a state a being where you are simply just there.

It’s tough to stop thoughts or worries from popping into your mind completely, so just be aware when it happens. Acknowledge that the thought is there, and then remove it from your mind. Even if you have to do this several times throughout your practice, that is entirely OK. Eventually, you’ll get to a place where you become completely at peace with your surroundings and how your body feels in that exact moment while you meditate.

Whichever form your take in your meditation practice, just make sure you are comfortable. Put on your favorite sweater, rub some essential oil on your wrists, sip some soothing tea or sit on your most comfy pillow. Anything you do that helps your body and mind to recognize that it’s “meditation time” is going to help in your practice. Before you know it, slipping into those habits will help calm your mind during stressful moments.

No matter where you are or what you do, try to take at least a moment out of your busy workday to meditate in one form or another. Meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce headaches and ease tension in the back and neck while helping you feel less anxious. This peace of mind will not only get you through high-stress moments on the job, but it will undoubtedly increase your productivity and focus as well.

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we all need a little enlightenment and Zen in our lives. So give it a try. Namaste!