How Meditation Transformed My Company’s Culture
- “It’s easier to handle setbacks and keep perspective. The best thing that meditation teaches is that you are not your thoughts. Meditation gives you distance between your thoughts and the outside world. You realize that your interpretation of events isn’t always accurate. My colleagues find they if they happen to have a setback, they don’t fixate on the negatives, but rather appreciate all the other positive things that are happening. As a result, I find that people in my company that meditate are better able to handle setbacks than those who don’t have this perspective.
- “Meditation helps us get in touch with a sense of gratitude. Personally, I combine meditation with silent prayer, which I consider super important (though I certainly wouldn’t require it from my colleagues). When you pray, you are letting go of issues that you can’t control and you are appreciating the things that are going well. I think that meditation without prayer is only half of the picture. But half is better than nothing. Meditation can make you appreciate all the things you take for granted, including and starting with each breath you take. I find that this gratitude spills over into work as well.
- “We’ve developed stronger personal connections. Some managers only want to talk to their colleagues about work. I believe that we spend so much of our waking lives at work that it’s a waste not to get to know your colleagues as human beings. Since I started offering meditation at GlassView, my colleagues have approached me – in person or via email – to talk about the subject of meditation. Some have discussed Dan Harris’ meditation evangelizing book 10% Happier with me. Others have just talked about how it has helped them better control their emotions or think differently.