Do you have a desire to see mindfulness and/or meditation in your workplace? Do you wonder how to go about doing that?
I have taught over 1,000 people to meditate in the workplace, I always encounter a number of enthusiastic individuals who know the power of this practice. They know that starting up a meditation practice at work will help people be less stressed, more resilient, and happier.
But how do you go about introducing it? How can you spark the interest among your co-workers? How do you ensure you get senior management support to do this? How would you run such a program, informally or formally?
There are right ways and not-so-good ways to start meditation in the workplace, and you want to do it right or risk giving it a bad reputation before you get a chance to get it going.
Currently, the Train-the-Facilitator program is delivered in person or via Skype for large organizations, but in Q1 2016 this is expected to be available as an online program for anyone.
To share a couple of key tips with you:
- Onboard newcomers with a introduction session. Whenever anyone new joins the meditation group, make them feel comfortable joining. Teach them some basic, foundational things about meditation so they start off on the right path with the right attitude. The ‘right’ attitude includes: not expecting a blank mind in meditation, not judging your experience and simply being an observer of your mind in meditation.
- Get management support. You will want to ensure that the management of your organization supports this practice. Some company’s cultures are quite health & wellness conscious, and some are not. Regardless, most management will want to know what business benefits any initiative will have. You are welcome to read and distribute my white paper “Meditation – a Powerful Change Management Tool” as a business reference. It was the top winning paper of the 2015 Association of Change Management Professionals conference. Also, seek articles and research that you know will resonate with your culture.
Being a catalyst to start a workplace meditation practice is an exciting and compassionate action you can take that will reap many benefits for yourself and for those who participate. It has changed my life for the better, and brought me tremendous joy.
This weekend I was honoured to teach my Train-the-Facilitator program at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center’s ‘Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work’ conference. It was a truly wonderful experience and one that I will never forget. and I met so many passionate, generous people who were eager to learn and share.
Upcoming: In Q1 2016, I will be offering Train-the-Facilitator as an online, on-demand program, as well as a Meditation and Mindfulness Facilitator Certification program. Sign-up for The Calm Monkey’s newsletter to be alerted when these programs are available.
I invite you to email me if you would like to learn more about these two upcoming programs at Wendy@TheCalmMonkey.com.
Have a wonderful day,
~Wendy Quan of The Calm Monkey