When is the last time you sat down and did nothing? Nothing, not reading a paper, listening to music, watching TV, scanning through your social media, just nothing. In all probability you can’t think of a time. That is generally the way for all of us.
The world today is interaction to such an extent that our brains haven’t caught up. We all live with a computer that contains anything and everything we need to know attached to us 99% of the time. The only time we are not connected to that computer is when we are sleeping. But how many of us are woken in the night by that ‘ding’ that could represent anything. Catastrophe, a life changing event, a fabulous announcement or an update from Amazon telling you about books for 99p.
The trouble is with all this interaction we literally now have no downtime. We have no time to rest our minds, no time to just be, in the moment. We are constantly striving for the next thing, constantly juggling with what to do next, worrying about what we just did, worrying if that call is going to come, and worrying about how many friends we have on Facebook, Instagram.
Do you have enough hobbies to cope with Pinterest and on and on it goes. More and more people are functioning at work but getting home and plummeting into a difficult and dark place. They start to believe the irrational thoughts in their heads because there is no time to stop, there is no space for rest, for the mind to settle, calm down and just be. Then one day they simply can’t get up and go to work, and so the spiral of sickness due to stress begins.
It may start with I’ve got a migraine, (a day off) then when the pressure gets worse it becomes I’ve got the flu, (a week off). Then they finally go to see the GP and is told they have depression (months off).
It’s a hard and fast world the working world no matter what you do. Whether you are the CEO or the cleaner your role matters and if you are off sick then your responsibilities fall to another person who has their own set of troubles. It’s like a mountain of stress waiting to collapse.
The world is though an amazing place, because just as we appear to have reached a pinnacle of overload, along comes something that can actually help us calm down and climb down, bit by bit to a safer, quieter existence.
It’s called Mindfulness and Meditation. It’s actually been around for 1000’s of years but was wrapped up in religion and cultures that were not as accessible to the western world. Then one day in the early 80’s John Kabat-Zinn asked a simple question.
“Given that the human mind is independent of denominations do we have to limit the teaching of these powerful and transformative mental practices to Buddhists only?” He was a clinical researcher in Mental Health and he became the pioneer in the translation of Buddhist meditations into a clinical setting for the treatment of mental health and chronic illness.
From those early days when he and few others realised that though meditation and mindfulness we can literally change the way our minds function it has now exploded into the mainstream. The reason for that is the mainstream can no longer cope with the amount of stuff our brains are supposed to be dealing with. Our minds are literally full up and overflowing into illness, depression, anxiety.
Taking the time to learn how to be mindful, how to meditate for 20 minutes a day gives your brain a break . It gives you space, and by not thinking for that short time it actually increases your ability to think clearly.
Doing nothing for 20 minutes a day can save you hours of trying to do everything. Meditate to Silence offers Mindfulness and Meditation courses to any organisation that might just have an inkling that some of their staff may be looking great on the surface but might be struggling on the inside.
Bringing in mindfulness and meditation to the workplace could transform your employees and your business.