And why work may be the best place to practice.

The benefits of meditation have long been espoused by academic studies and intensive surveys, and there are many people who wish that they could give this ancient practice a try, but are unable to do so given the demanding nature of their schedules. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard someone lament, “if only I had the time…” regarding the various things they’d like to do in their limited free time. Luckily, there seems to be a solution to the issue of meditation. For those who wish to try it but cannot escape the confines and demands of the office, the simple answer is to meditate in the office itself!

This idea may sound strange and difficult to put into practice, but in fact it could hardly be any simpler. The workplace can be a major source of stress in and of itself, but it can also be a victim of the very stress that it causes. Tired, worn-out employees are likely to be less productive than their fresh and fulfilled counterparts. Furthermore, meditating in the office may even be preferable to doing it at home, as it could potentially be easier to find a quiet place and remain undisturbed when squirreled away in a distant corner or unused meeting room. This, in fact, is the first step in successfully practicing meditation at the workplace.

If your interest has been piqued at the possibility of meditating in your place of employment, then here are a few steps to get started:

  1. First, find a suitable place to do so. Ideally, it should be somewhere with no windows that is seldom-used and doesn’t get loud, crowded, or busy.
  2. After you’ve found a suitable location, the next step is to schedule some time during the day where you can go there and meditate in silence and solitude for a little while. It doesn’t have to be a long, exhaustive session, 10 to 15 minutes is a perfect span of time to quiet your mind and get into a positive head space.
  3. The final step is to get meditating! There are many different ways to do this, and most people have their own personal meditation styles and preferences. Once you’ve found yours, the only thing left to do is to start seeing the difference a little silence and contemplation can make!

If you’d like to practice meditation with others, or show your entire office its potential benefits, then consider contacting your HR representatives to sponsor guided meditation sessions in your workplace. These sessions can be for staff, management, and executives, or everybody in the office! Show your employers the notable benefits of having relaxed, focused, productive, and, overall, happy employees!

Originally published at on February 17, 2017.

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