What if you’re a surgeon and you sway from your tolerance during open-heart surgery? You could nick an artery. What if you’re a landscape architect and your contractor creates an unintended slope toward the house? Your client will be very unhappy when water pools near their house after each rain. Tolerance, or the “allowed” deviation, is not only vital in the function and success in concrete objects but also in intangibles like our mental health.
Yes, it’s ideal to have a space designated as a Meditation Room. But it has to make economic sense for your company. If you don’t have the funds to redesign a room or you simply don’t have the square feet to renovate, then start a trend in your company. Send this note to your team:
I am so proud of all of you and grateful that you’re on my team. I don’t say this enough and want you to know. Also, I’ve been thinking about how hard you work and how much is expected of you…both from me and from others. We all need to take better care of ourselves, and I’m starting now. I want you to do the same. I’m going to take 15 minutes every day to sit quietly in the office or outside and just breathe. I want you to do the same. Call it meditation, call it breathing, call it whatever you like, but please do this each day you come to work. I value all of you both as my team and as humans. I’ll be checking in on your progress. Happy breathing!
It’s Monday. You’re at work. It’s noisy. You’re tense. You work in an open-office environment where sound reverberates off every chair, table and desk. Today, you’re not in the mood. What if, in the middle of your office, there was a pop-up meditation space, a “room” where you could wander in anytime and sink into a cozy chair and, for a few minutes, just breathe.
Listen to Today’s Business as Sharon Hill interviews Melinda Easterling of Easterling Consulting on WCHL. Easterling discusses the importance of creating quiet spaces in the workplace.
I want to create a corporate culture that values its employees. While building meditation rooms in the workplace is cutting edge, meditation is age-old. Bringing meditation to the workplace is a new idea for America but a centuries-old tradition in other parts of the world. I want to create space for employees to quiet their minds, encouraging employees to meditate, so they can be healthier people. We don’t want people as widgets. We want whole people. Everyone benefits. The company benefits because happier, healthier people equals more creative, more productive employees. Health costs decrease. Sick days decrease. Focus improves. Desire and engagement improves. The company gets good PR…both for their product or service and for potential and current employees as a perk for working at the company. We’re not just creating a better working environment, we’re creating better communities, a better country. We’re always competing with other countries to be the best, this is the answer. It is not The Secret, or The Purple Pill, but it is as Samsung says it, The Next Big Thing. One company, one room at a time.
I have been studying adult health and wellness since 1995. I studied business in healthcare in graduate school while specializing in health behavior and health education. I worked on Crisis and Suicide Hotlines in South Carolina and Indiana in the late 90s. I was introduced to a mindfulness class in 2004 and worked individually with clients pro bono and for pay years later, coaching them and writing visualizations for them to find relief. Creating meditation rooms for the workplace is just an extension of all of my experiences and insights.
I want this for the employees. I want it for the companies. I want if for my community. I want it for our country. I want it for everyone.