Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tips on Being More Meditative at the Office

Often the office world seems miles apart from that of a mediator's, but there are many ways to practice meditation throughout the office day without formally sitting down to breathe.

  • Create calendar notifications that remind you to take a breath. These can be reoccurring and help promote meditative practice at the same time everyday thus making it more habitual.
  • Practice walking meditation when you go to the restroom or kitchen. When walking count your steps or connect them to your breath in order to practice mindfulness in between.
  • Typing meditation. While typing a message, mindfully feel the keys underneath your fingers and hear the sounds they create. Meditation doesn't have to be formal, it can be found in moments at all times of the day.
  • Take a breath before hitting send. Sometimes we regret the emails we send because they are shaded with an emotion like anger or fear. Practice taking a calming breath before send and reassess whether it's the right time to click.
  • Wash your dishes mindfully. If you bring lunch and need to wash Tupperware or your coffee mug, take some time to feel the process. The warm water can sooth you and be calming. You can also practice hand washing meditation.

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