Corporate meditation is not a phrase we hear often. Meditation is on-the-rise in the corporate world as it can enhance efficiency and reduce tension within and between employees.
The DEN meditation now offers DEN Corporate – a full range of corporate offerings to help you and your employees increase productivity and minimize stress. But we’re not the only ones who have found corporate and/or group meditation to be useful! Chade-Meng Tan, employee of Google and author of Search Inside Yourself, provides us with three seemingly simple steps to achieve greater happiness, serenity, and drive.
Step one: “Calm your mind”
Meng emphasizes the importance of calming down our minds through mindful breathing. To those practiced in the art of meditation, this step may seem straight forward, maybe even easy. However, we often lose sight of the present moment as we cling on to the past and get caught up in the “what if.” Meng compared the mind to a snow globe, where our thoughts equate to the fluffy, white floating particles as they have a tendency to scatter.
Mindfulness and meditation have been scientifically proven over recent years to help reduce symptoms of depression, PTSD, anxiety and even HIV. Simultaneously, it can slow down aging and allow us to achieve maximum focus and bliss. By focusing on the breath, we become grounded in the present moment and explore our mind’s thoughts in a non-judgmental, curious, and compassionate way. Practicing mindfulness at work is a great way to remain attentive and de-stress throughout the day.
Step two: “Log moments of joy”
Meng points out something obvious that we may rarely ever think about; we tend to allow negative situations to completely change the course of our day, or maybe even our week, for the worse. However, if instead we choose to highlight the positive moments in our day just as we cling to the negative, the growth of our personal happiness will be evident and lasting.
While one study claimed that there is a 3:1 ratio required for positive thoughts to outweigh negative ones, another found that those who wrote down their positive experiences in a diary described elevated feelings of life satisfaction, which sometimes lasted up to 2 weeks! This step simply tells us to recognize and “log” moments of happiness. If you’re at the park with your family, cruising down PCH with the windows down, or laughing at a friend’s joke, allow yourself to take a moment to make a mental-memo that reads, “I am having a moment of joy!”
Step three: “Wish other people to be happy”
We feel more rewarded when we give than when we receive. Therefore, by being altruistic and wishing joy for others, we inherently reap the lasting, joyful benefits. Although wanting happiness for other people is not the same as actively or physically giving them happiness (i.e., a compliment or a gift), we allow ourselves to open our minds to happiness in a different way. A certain type of mediation, practiced by positive psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, in which we think positive thoughts about and for others, led to feelings of increased joy and hopefulness.
So, if you’re feeling stress or tension at work, follow these three steps, or give us a call at The DEN to customize your on-site corporate meditation class.
David G. Allan, CNN. Sept. 2015: “Google’s algorithm for happiness”