Bringing meditation into the workplace – Article #4

Change Management and meditationIn this fourth and final article telling the story of how I brought meditation and mindfulness into my workplace, I’d like to tell you how a lightbulb came on for me about change management + meditation.

I have a corporate job entitled ‘Change Manager’.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what this is, as most people don’t either.  Change Management is a rather recently recognized profession, and it’s all about helping people and organizations through change – from a human perspective.  Given a change is going to happen in an organization, my role is to do what I can to make the transition smoother. It involves a lot of understanding the change, the culture, and anticipating what people need in order to reduce the uncertainty and fear about the change.  A formal business definition is “A systematic approach to manage the people side of change, in order to achieve the expected business outcome.”

So how does Change Management relate to meditation and mindfulness?  Surprisingly, quite a lot.

After teaching meditation in my workplace for a couple of months, something suddenly dawned on me.  Meditating regularly and being mindful of one’s thoughts and reactions builds awareness and resiliency to life’s ups and downs.

Building resiliency is one of the key benefits of practicing meditation, AND
Resiliency helps people through change! 

Ah Ha!  So teaching people how to meditate and be mindful builds their personal resiliency, which helps them through change! Ah Ha!

I now have a paper published with the Association of Change Management Professionals, a worldwide organization, on my findings.  It is entitled ‘Building Change Resiliency Through Meditation and Mindfulness”.  This may seem like a pretty obscure concept, but when you think about it, meditation calms people down, it raises self-awareness and building resiliency. What better foundation for people to have as they go through change?

I feel blessed that I have been able to marry my profession (change management) with my passion (teaching meditation & mindfulness).

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6 thoughts on “Bringing meditation into the workplace – Article #4

  1. Reblogged this on downwardfacingdoc and commented:
    Wendy and Her blog MeaningfulWesternLife are truly treasures. I am fascinated to learn of her experiences and successes in bring mindfulness into the workplace. Please crack out this post and the 3 preceding posts for further insights into this important work.

    DFD

    • DFD, I am touched by your reblog and your accompanying comments. Because I see the profound benefits this is having on those who attend, over the next few years I believe meditation/mindfulness in the workplace will become as mainstream as yoga is now. The benefits are obvious once people partake in the classes, and it brings a sense of community to an organization that just doesn’t happen any other way.

      My hope is to find ways to make this more mainstream in the working world.

      Thank you again DFD, your work too is vitally important to the world, and I know you are making a huge difference. I applaud you and your work too.
      ~Wendy

  2. Wow! It sure sounds like you’re work is in alignment with your ethics and values. Lucky folks at the workplace too. Interesting, as always Wendy!

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