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Mindfulness Practice in the Workplace: “Going Home”

January 23, 2019

Mindfulness Practice in the Workplace: “Going Home”

Mindfulness brings relief from daily stresses and allows employees to be more effective at work.  When starting mindfulness practice, expect a learning curve.   The more one practices, the greater the benefits.  With a little creativity, employees can transform each workday into a pleasurable fulfilling experience.

“Going home” is not about you leaving your work early to go to your home.  Rather, “going home” is defined as the ability to acknowledge your breathing at different times of the day.  (“home” is your body) Being one with your breath (one minute to several minutes) allows you to be in the present moment.  This is an essential tool to become aware and be more effective in your work.  Here are four simple steps:

  1. Focus on your inner body while standing or sitting down, consider the weight of your body and all sensations that arise.
  2. Be aware of your in- and out- breathing. Don’t worry if your concentration is broken, just return to your breathing awareness.
  3. Be aware that distractions (thoughts, feelings, sensations) will occur. These are OK! Just consider everything that arises with your mindfulness practice, it’s all good!
  4. Reconnect with your breath by returning to the focus on the length of your breath in and out.

At first, consider mindfulness practice for just 30-60 seconds and stretch it out to 2 minutes after a while.  It doesn’t matter how busy you are at work, take time to observe your breath a couple of times a day.  This will break up your routine activities and give you a jolt of wakefulness and regained energy.

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