Meditation has gone past Buddhist beliefs and Christian traditions, and has found its way into corporations like Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Regular meditation as a corporate practice has grown exponentially over the past few months, with programs such as the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as the ideal examples of achieving mindfulness at the workplace.

 The MBSR was formulated by Jon Kabat-Zinn who defined mindfulness as “paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.

Here are some things you need to know about this rapidly rising field of corporate practice.

1.     Mindfulness is about helping people pay attention to what’s happening around us and understanding that we are don’t have to be enslaved by our thoughts.

2.     The practice is a response to mental health problems on the rise in workplaces. Stress alone has led several employees to go on long-term sickness absence in their work. Mindfulness has been found to help in coping with the challenges and struggles both in a person’s personal and work life.

3.     The results of companies that have adopted mindfulness as a matter of company practice have so far been impressive, with anxiety and depression falling by as much 71% since mindfulness was introduced. The benefit doesn’t end there, as it has also resulted in improved emotional intelligence, heightened focus, and better decision-making capabilities.

4.     Mindfulness has also made people more resilient. People are now able to focus their attention at work, and are more energized to do their tasks. That’s because people who practice mindfulness move away from avoiding problems to approaching them head on. This kind of coping mechanism means that more problems get solved, instead of being ignored. Having an ‘approach state’ mindset also improves a person’s confident and self-trust, with 93% of leaders saying that it has helped them innovate and 89% reporting that it has made them better listeners.

There’s a reason why mindfulness is being adopted by top companies, and an overwhelming number of studies support its benefits. When will your company adopt it as well?

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