Not Napping At Your Desk
How mindfulness grew into a Suzy company culture mainstay over three weeks.
A coworker had apparently seen me sitting with my eyes closed. Again.
I started practicing mindfulness meditation in 2012, after reading a blog post explaining how I could change my life for the better in only ten minutes a day.
Who wouldn’t want that?
I started meditating that day and have continued to practice consistently since then. That blog post wasn’t kidding.
Did you know Warren takes naps at his desk?
About 18 months ago, a curious coworker (having seen me meditating at my desk) suggested that I schedule time to explain the practice to folks in the office who were interested. I scheduled a meeting to give an overview and initial practice session for anyone interested.
Since then, a group of us at Suzy HQ have meditated together daily, improving our lives ten minutes at a time.
It’s even on our company calendars. Everyday at high noon.
So why has mindfullness grown into a cultural mainstay?
Simple — we are allowed to pause. Once a day, we all are affored 10minutes to hit reset.
What is mindfulness, exactly?
Mindfulness is a skill or personal attribute characterized by focused awareness of the phenomena occurring in your mind and body. It is awareness of thoughts as they arrive and depart, awareness of emotions as they swell and diminish, awareness of physical sensations, sounds, smells, and images as they appear in consciousness.
Mindfulness helps you to learn the inner workings of your own mind, and a growing body of research shows that a lot of good things happen as you build it:
Improved ability to deal with your own and others’ emotions
Decreased anxiety and better stress management
Reduction in pain and depression
Changes in grey matter density in the brain (specifically in areas related to learning, memory, self-awareness, and emotional regulation)