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5 Tips for Meditating at the Office

by | Jun 27, 2012 | 5 min workout, Meditation, Yoga

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Meditation is a way to clear your mind of all the thoughts running through it so that you can focus on the task at hand.

It is somewhat amazing that every workplace in the world doesn’t institute some form of meditation assistance.

The few that do often incorporate mediation rooms and encourage people to use these rather than gossiping at the water cool. Listen, we think water cooler breaks are important for networking (add link to network for success post), but we also know that it is equally important to clear your mind during the day.

If your office doesn’t have a culture of meditation, you’ll need to go it alone. Here, are a few tips for successful desk meditation.

1. If you have your own office space, let your colleagues know you are taking some time. You don’t even need to tell them that you are meditating, if you feel uncomfortable about it. But, you should rope them in to keep the calls at bay and unwanted interruptions out of your office. If you share an office, you may want to find a quiet place away from the crowds to meditate. In some cases, the only option may be your car, (not your desk) but use it by all means.

2. Head to your quiet space with your cell phone on silent, with the exception of its alarm feature. Set this so that time doesn’t run away with you. After all, you are meditating to remain productive at your work, right?

3. Determine what sort of meditation you need. Do you need to clear your mind? Aim to free your mind, and focus instead on your breathing once your eyes close. Do you need a motivation boost? Think instead, about all the successes you will achieve during the day.

4. Try to set aside time for a work day meditation every day. The time you spend doing this enhances the quality of work you perform, the attention you can pay to it, and your overall happiness. If you know you have a busy day ahead of you, plan on getting to the office 15 minutes earlier to accommodate your meditation.

5. Focus on your breathing all day long. When we work hard or are stressed, we forget to breathe properly. Our brains and our bodies are more physically capable if we take in all the oxygen we can. Once you are acclimated to breathing properly throughout the day, you will find it easier to slip in and out of your meditative state. This makes shorter sessions even more viable and useful than they would be otherwise.

Take Action!

Try a quick 5 minute meditation right now. You’ll feel the benefit immediately

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