Comments from London Meditation Participants
The Benefits Of Meditation At Work
Turbulence in organisations is something that we often face - but how can we help ourselves and our colleagues to cope with all this flux and change? Secular organisations cannot promote a religious activity in the work environment but meditation is a spiritual technique that transcends all faith groups.
The point of meditation is meditation but its fruits are well documented: focus, calm, a peaceful and balanced approach to life, and more - it's a journey really.
Providing a space within which people can learn to meditate is, I think, a leadership issue. If you want to introduce it into your organisation you will need support from senior management.
Meditation can be seen as an investment that supports the longer term well being of staff, and can lead to better relationships and enhanced performance. Meditation is not about competitive advantage. It is not a quick fix to a disfunctional department - but it can be an important part of the ethos and culture of an organisation, and a way to help your colleagues cope with the challenges they face."
I found the meditation classes a wonderful way to de-stress at lunchtime. I really looked forward to them! The approach was very non-threatening and accessible, and I learned a new meditation technique that brought me some very valuable results in my work life.
Sustaining the Spirit at Work
Rhona and Anna
The day was held for people working in mental health and there were a number of organisations and professions represented. Some people had previous experience of meditation and others little or none, but the day was relevant and accessible to all.
The focus of the day was looking after ourselves and maintaining our own well-being. The day started with refreshments, welcome and introductions followed by a space to reflect on our work and what we wanted to get out of the day. After some instruction on posture we were given a gentle introduction to three meditations over the course of the day.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and left feeling relaxed and refreshed, as well as inspired to take it further. We took away ideas that we could use in our clinical practice as well as helping us to manage our work life balance."
Meditation and the Helping Professions
Retreats with Paramananda
He doesn’t look how I'd imagined your average Buddhist… more like something out of big audio dynamite! Once past these human judgements I found myself amazed, wowed, inspired at the depth, caring, speed and knowledge of this wonderful man so full of compassion and honesty.
He doesn’t try to prove anything to anyone - if he’s not sure he will tell you and that is to be respected and cherished. Meditation can be a hard ride but Paramananda makes it a whole lot clearer, inspiring, loving and wonderful. "