When I say ‘meditation’, what image comes to mind? Someone sitting in lotus pose, dressed in a white kaftan, holding mala beads? Or perhaps the monks of Burma sitting silently en masse, in a state of deep transcendence?
Yes, there are more spiritual and ceremonial ways to go about meditation, but no, that is not what meditation is. Meditation is quite simply a technique (of which there are many) by which we bring the mind into stillness, forsaking all distractions. It takes practice, and it can take some trial and error to discover which meditation technique works best for you, but meditation is for anyone and everyone. It can be practised anywhere, any time, in any outfit. It even works without incense.
Just imagine how much better every meeting or workshop would go if all the attendees were regular meditators? Fewer ego-driven interjections, fewer conflictual interactions which only serve to hinder progress.
Meditation is by no means merely a relaxation technique. Yes, it has been proven to aid in stress management, but more than that, meditation physically alters the brain. Studies show that the anterior cingulate cortex – which helps control impulses and maintain attention – increases in mass through meditation practice. This is hugely significant when we consider how much of a problem workplace distraction has become. If you’re really honest with yourself, are you anywhere near as productive and focused during your day as you could be? The answer from the overwhelming majority would be no. And this is why at Well and Truly we infuse meditation throughout our workshops to optimise participants’ ability to focus.
What’s more, meditation can also be a wonderful tool to improve creative cooperation. Studies have shown that meditation significantly helps reduce aggression and irritability, while dramatically improving the capacity for compassion towards others and oneself. Just imagine how much better every meeting or workshop would go if all the attendees were regular meditators? Fewer ego-driven interjections, fewer conflictual interactions which only serve to hinder progress. Just more open, considerate cooperation. And of course, with the brain better able to fend off distraction, inspired ideas flow more readily.
At Well & Truly, we infuse meditation and other simple wellness principles to ensure that at the end of the day, not only are you thrilled with the creative output, but that each and every participant feels energised, refreshed and relaxed. After a day with Well and Truly, your team will never dread a workshop day again. Find out more about our unique approach here.