Other than money, if you could have more of one thing, what would it be? If you answered time or energy, you are probably part of the majority. With busy schedules, long commutes and the expectation to multitask, it’s no wonder so many of us lack the time, energy and motivation to exercise or cook a healthy meal, and sometimes have trouble being fully engaged at work or home. The good news is that there are many simple, daily practices that can boost your energy, which may help you become more engaged and productive at work, therefore helping you get more out of your time.
During the New Opportunities at Work (NOW) Conference 2016, the Wisdom Café had a chance to speak briefly with one of the speakers of the event, Mushim Ikeda. Mushim is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center where she teaches the practices of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. During our quick exchange, she was able to say a few words about the importance of mindfulness in the workplace.
We’ve seen rising interest in the impact of cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace. Most research has focused on benefits for employees who practice meditation or who possess high mindfulness traits or skills, like accepting feelings without judgment. Yet, very little work has been done to examine how someone’s mindfulness influences other people in a workplace setting. Is it possible that your mindfulness practice could influence your colleagues?
Research says mindfulness works for individuals. But does it work in the bottom-line-driven workplace, or is it just a frivolous feel-good program?
This is the question tackled in a growing number of studies. Here are three ways, based on four recent studies, that cultivating moment-to-moment awareness might improve workplaces.
In this age of constant distractions and long hours, it’s difficult to find even a few minutes of time to reflect. Yet finding that time and space can help ease the stresses of your demanding working life. Peter Jaret of BerkeleyWellness interviewed Jason Marsh, director of programs for the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), about the benefits of mindfulness at work, which will be the topic of our upcoming conference hosted by the GGSC on Nov. 13-14, 2015 in Berkeley, California.
What is gratitude? Gratitude is recognition of goodness outside of ourselves that inspires appreciation and reciprocation. Jeremy Adam Smith, editor of the Greater Good Magazine, in an article titled Six Habits of Highly Grateful People, asserts that “Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental… Read more…
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