Convincing our CEO to hire a meditation teacher for a period of three months, for two one-hour sessions per month, was the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do. Equipped with articles and statistics on the positive influence meditation brings to the workplace, he readily agreed to the plan.

Looking back, I’m not surprised since our company has a very progressive and innovative culture. Just a year ago, the entire organization was asked to read “The Energy Bus” by author Jon Gordon. The book is based on the law of attraction and teaches people how positive thinking can greatly influence their personal and professional lives.

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Before I describe the new approach our meditation teacher shared with us, here is a snapshot of the context of this experience.

When was the class scheduled?

We were mindful to find a time that would allow anyone to join on their work time and therefore, it was scheduled on Wednesdays from 2PM to 3PM.

What was the primary objective?

Over the last year our company has grown tremendously in size and market reach. As a result, we’re focused on managing both our internal team sustainability. The idea behind bringing in a meditation teacher was to provide a tool to our employees that would create a mindful work environment and allow them to focus inward and nurture themselves a bit.

What benefits were obtained?

This experience was a wonderful team building opportunity. People from various departments came together in a relaxed environment to learn about meditation or to enhance an existing practice. Our participation rate was higher than what we had anticipated. The first session saw a 50% attendance rate, which decreased throughout the following 4 sessions, with the last session having a 20% attendance rate. Unfortunately, it seemed that although there was a push from upper management to attend the sessions, work did in fact get in the way at times. However, we received very positive feedback from several colleagues stating that they felt more peaceful, productive and in touch with others as a result of the sessions.

Our Learnings

According to our teacher, Mukti Devi, there are five pillars to living a happy and healthy life, four of which are needed in addition to practicing meditation:

How do you achieve a healthy mind-body balance?

1. Proper Exercise

A proper exercise routine acts as a lubricating mechanism for the joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons by increasing circulation and flexibility. Proper exercise promotes slow and conscious movements of the body, avoiding lactic acid buildup in the muscle fibers, as well as avoiding muscle tear and injury. Through simple movements of the spine and joints, coordinated with deep breathing and mindfulness, yogic exercise, when done properly, heals, strengthens, and energizes all systems of the body. This includes circulatory, muscular and skeletal, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, and most importantly the nervous system. Yogic exercise, done with awareness, also brings the body, mind, and spirit into balance and harmony.

2. Proper Breathing

In response to stress and anxiety, we often take fast, shallow breaths. We might even hold our breath from time to time throughout the day. This only increases stress, anxiety, and fatigue. A simple solution is to practice deep breathing. Retraining our bodies to breathe deeply, expanding our abdomen and diaphragm and filling the lungs with air, helps to recharge the body with Prana (Sanskrit for “life force” or vital principle) and to expel all toxins with every slow and complete exhale. There are also some specific breathing exercises that help to strengthen the respiratory system. Control of the breath helps to control the mind. Bringing awareness to the breath and taking three deep, conscious breaths throughout your day is a good place to begin in order to bring peace and harmony into your life.

3. Proper Relaxation

Proper relaxation techniques help to cool down the body and mind. This is essential for physical and mental health. Often, especially when suffering from stress and fatigue, we are drawn to activities that are not healthy and do not achieve a state of proper relaxation. It is important to practice turning your body and mind off, withdrawing your senses and turning your awareness within. The practice of savasana, a traditional yogic relaxation technique, helps to relieve physical, mental and spiritual stress, bringing the body and mind into perfect and complete relaxation. In this state, the body and mind are recharged and rejuvenated.

4. Proper Diet

“You are what you eat.” This is absolutely true. What we put into our bodies literally becomes our body and mind. The first step in eating a proper diet is pay attention to what you eat and how it affects you. Foods, beverages and other substances we ingest, directly impact our physical and mental well-being. Proper diet provides fuel for the body and the mind without creating toxins and digestive problems. A pure, simple, natural diet is best. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Also stimulants and depressants are avoided, including drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, overly spicy foods and processed foods

5. Positive Thinking and Meditation

“You are what you think.” Just as the fuel you put into your body influences your health and wellbeing, so too does what you put into your mind. Thoughts are very powerful. Through the practice of positive thinking you can manifest a happy and joyous life, regardless of current circumstances. Your thoughts today create the reality of your future tomorrow. Positive affirmations and using guided imagery are just a few techniques to begin with.

“You are what you think.” Just as the fuel you put into your body influences your health and wellbeing, so too does what you put into your mind. Thoughts are very powerful. Through the practice of positive thinking you can manifest a happy and joyous life, regardless of current circumstances. Your thoughts today create the reality of your future tomorrow. Positive affirmations and using guided imagery are just a few techniques to begin with.

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Mukti Devi is available to do workshops and private classes, working to help bring positive change and transformation into people’s lives in a practical and accessible way.

She can be reached for more information at: [email protected]

What’s Next?

Great Eastern Energy has recently started a partnership with Ampleen, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable business practices with a holistic approach. This organization currently focuses on environment, wellness, community and corporate culture. To launch this partnership, a ‘lunch and learn’ organized by Ampleen on ‘What Does Sustainability Mean To An Organization?’ will be conducted next month. As part of the lunch and learn, Ampleen will also select the lunch menu as part of its wellness plan.

At Great Eastern Energy, we believe that a business with innovative workplace culture, attract top talent and increase employees retention, which ultimately create brand equity and reduce costs.

In fact, our energy advisors take this holistic approach when it comes to working on energy solutions for our business customers.

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