During a recent SoftwareONE midyear meeting with our NYC team we took part in a unique team building activity. We sat together in silence. While this was a short exercise, lasting only 10 minutes, its potential for impact was significant.
You don’t need to look very far at SoftwareONE to notice people who are busy. Stress is visible and audible in our work spaces. Often it’s us ourselves transmitting stress out (and inwardly). Our jobs can be demanding, there’s no doubt.
As we continue to move through another busy year we invite you to practice what we believe to be, hands down, the most effective method for navigating stress. We invite you to practice yelling, swearing, and downing Snickers bars silence.
We invite you to be quiet. To sit silently. To just be.
Just reading that sentence might make you relax – And there’s research to explain why. If you do a web search for “CEOs who meditate” an abundance of examples will populate your screen. A 2015 Harvard Business Review article explains the merit of meditation, highlighting one company who experimented by offering a guided meditation session for employees. The result?
“When the session was over, people who had never meditated before were filled with a sense of calm. It helped them be more present at work and even carried forth to being more present with their families at home.”(Seppala for HBR, 2015.)
Many of us in SoftwareONE personally practice at least 10 minutes of meditation each morning, more whenever possible. It’s become a life changing habit, bringing unexpected benefits like increased patience, peace, and resilience in our daily lives. If you’re interested in giving it a try, below are a number of great resources to help you get started. Happy meditating and keep us updated on your practice – we wish you a peaceful and productive work week ahead.
- The Headspace app. This app offers a free ten-day trial – Each day offers a 10 minute guided meditation. It’s a great and simple way to get started.
- Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s free 21-day meditations. Sign up for an account (it’s free) and participate in a 21-day meditation experience. These are “released” every month or so and you can participate in the new releases for free.
- If you want to get started on your own, check out this New York Times article on How to Meditate – It’s a great, quick read that demystifies meditation (and it includes some free guided meditations as well!)