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The Benefits Of Meditation In The Workplace

Written by: Anja van der Spuy and Wendy Moulang

08 October 2020

Meditation & Education

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The Benefits Of Meditation In The Workplace

Spending a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace, even at the office. While the workplace can be a source of stress, it can also be the perfect place to practice mindfulness and meditation.

 

If you are new to meditation, these are some of the benefits:

  • Meditation can do wonders for your concentration. In 2011 researchers at the Harvard Medical School examined 17 people during an 8-week meditation program. In the end, they found that there was an increase in grey matter in the parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory and perspective-taking. 
  • It helps you to examine your thoughts and feelings without judgement, which improves your self-esteem.
  • By practising meditation you can lower your cortisol levels to assist with stress management. 
  • Mindfulness meditation helps train your mind to focus on the present, which can reduce your anxiety. 

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” - Lao Tzu

 

We are so proud to have a wellness room in our office, which we use for yoga and meditation sessions. We are also lucky to have our very own office zen master, Wendy, who has been leading our meditation practices. We caught up with her for a virtual cup of coffee to talk a bit about meditation. 

 

1. When did you start meditating?

 

I started meditation in 2018 when I went on my first 3-day silent retreat. I had never done any sitting or ‘formal’ meditation. Having practised yoga for many years, which really is meditation with movement, sitting meditation seemed like the next ‘step’ in my spiritual and personal path. Since then I have been on many silent retreats, the longest so far being 7 days. I have built a solid and steady meditation practice. For me, early mornings is the best time to practice.

 

2. When did the office meditation sessions start? 

 

We started running meditation sessions in our old office in Tygervalley. One of my passions, when we designed the new office, was to include a wellness room that is used for meditation, yoga or a quiet mindful moment. We are very fortunate to have this space for use in the office. Since lockdown, we started doing meditations via Zoom. It is not quite the same experience, because I think you get a lot of benefit from silence in a group practising together. But it has kept the practice alive for us and has the same outcome.