“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rilke
Welcome back to Stress Awareness month!!!
This week, we continue our journey into Stress Management by exploring stress in the workplace. Leading edge business owners, HR directors, and departmental managers cite practices such as meditation, breathing, and yoga as practical tools to help employees:
• Increase efficiency & productivity
• Awaken creativity & intuition
• Develop interpersonal communication & cooperation
• Manage daily stress & anxiety
• Improve attendance and job satisfaction
If you can enter your workplace from a space of stillness & silence, then every conversation, phone call, email & meeting will carry less reactivity, less conditioned responses, and less emotional charge and melodrama.
Here are a few ways for you to weave healing pattern interruptions into your day to help you balance and ease stress from your worklife.
1) Breathing – Observe your breath as you breathe in through your nostrils, hold it inside, exhale through your nostrils, and hold it out. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidji/meditation-tips_b_2993829.html
2) SODA – as soon as you hit a wall and either get frustrated, irritated, or angry, STOP, OBSERVE, DETACH, AWAKEN
3) Mindful – Roll back from your monitor. Close your eyes. Breathe gently and let every sound in your work environment vibrate without judgment. Listen to the copier, the phone ringing, your breath, the whirl of your hard drive, conversations in the distance, etc. Do this for a solid minute and place your awareness on your ability to accept the unfolding of life.
4) Make your screen saver an uplifting photo, something that makes you smile, or a soothing image of nature. Anything that calms you.
5) The BIG shift – breathe in deeply through your nose until your belly is totally full and then slowly release the breath until all the air is released. Do this ten times with each exhale progressively lasting one more second than the inhale. For example: in to the count of four; out to the count of five; in to the count of five; out to the count of six. After you have done this ten times, you will feel renewed energetically, emotionally, and intellectually.
See if you can weave these five steps into your daily life and for the month of April – meditate in silence for five minutes at noon EVERYDAY. As May rolls around, your work life will be filled with less stress and greater happiness. That could be one of the most profound shifts you’ve ever made. Peace. -davidji