A basic meditation practice has many benefits: Improved resilience under stress, higher emotional intelligence, enhanced creativity, better ability to focus and improved relationships.
Stress is a killer of productivity. Learning to limit the effects of stress is an important skill that benefits the individual and the companies they work for. The development of a basic meditation practice is the foundation. Is the heart of an effective stress management practice and it serves as an access point for the development of insight through the use of intuition. The intuition, once developed, is helpful in looking at people and business problems – to gain clarity of insight and clarity of action.
Our program for getting this process started involves:
20 weeks – 1 hour per week of classroom time
- at lunchtime, before or after work
- or during scheduled training sessions
Sessions will include:
- Using technology to build awareness of breathing and quiet practice
- Using music as a way of learning to develop a basic meditation practice
- Discussion – bringing to awareness people and business challenges and issues
- Learning to hear and trust the voice of the super-conscious mind
The group size is best with 6-8 people.
Outcome: developing a basic quiet practice
Organizations that help employees develop stress management techniques can expect to see higher productivity and results that are better than a comparable organization, all other variables being equal. Employees who are centered and grounded are happier and more able to contribute effectively in good times and in bad. The resulting workplace culture delivers the benefits of high trust and high engagement.
This program is a series of 20 sessions that build one after the other and based on 4 modules – each 5 weeks in length as shown below:
1. FOUNDATION: QUIET PRACTICE & Managing stress
The first five sessions develop a basic practice of stress management. We are less effective when stress overwhelms us and this practice is learning to quiet the mind, the emotions and the physical body.
During these sessions we will learn a basic practice of quieting the mind which acts as the receptor of the senses and this is important because stress is often highest when sensory overload happens. We will also:
- Develop a basic stress management technique that is an integral part of meditation but can also be used standalone when fight-or-flight responses are triggered.
- We will identify the self-talk that amplifies or destroys the ability to be fully present.
- Learn to live in the Now. This means looking directly at what is happening and not the reflection that shows up in the mirror which involves judgement and evaluation. This takes the “me” out of what we are observing – this means we don’t get lost in the impact that we imagine from what we are seeing and stay with the whole picture.
Participants will be required to establish a daily meditation practice (using technology) between sessions. This involves logging into an app that connects to tech that monitors the individual’s progress.
2. Energy Management: Boosting Creativity and Focus
The second five sessions enable the participants to:
- Recognize that in every situation we are asked to bring energy. We will build a map of the things that give the participant energy and those that reduce or inhibit energy. This process builds on the initial practice of quiet and creates a basic understanding of how their individual energy management system should function.
- Understand how meditation helps to curb the tendency for distraction by building a heightened level of concentration to work. An enhanced ability to focus is the result.
- Make breakthroughs achieving greater creativity. Research indicates that the greatest insights and the biggest breakthroughs show up when we are in a relaxed state of mind. A meditation practice helps participants to “see” the eureka ideas by slowing the rush of mundane thoughts.
3. Applied Learning: People – Boosting Emotional Intelligence
This segment of the program applies learning to the dynamic of people. Participants will:
- Develop listening skills. Going beyond listening for confirmation of the narrative, beyond listening for facts – developing greater empathy and to learn to listen for essence and what is being asked for.
- Learn to use their super-conscious mind to determining the heart of any issue.
- Recognize patterns of automatic responses and begin to make choices that result in more satisfying outcomes.
- Develop insights with respect to the emotions in self and others and use this to self-regulate behaviours and relationships
4. Applied Learning: Business Issues
The final segment of the program will challenge participants to apply the learning of the whole program to specific challenges each week. Participants will apply three practices:
- Group Presence
- Higher-Mind Processing
- Heart Intelligence