Mindfulness Meditation
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Performing Better

by on 05 August

I've thoroughly enjoyed teaching this meditation and mindfulness (M&M) course over almost three years. My reward is seeing participants discover and develop better ways of living. I refer to the students as participants because they learn mostly by their own observation and experimentation.


One participant – I'll call him Bob - said during the pre-course interview that he was attracted to the course because his work was becoming more stressful. He was a project manager in a large organization, with several others reporting to him.


When I asked him to elaborate, Bob said that when he began his work day and turned his attention to the first project, he could not help thinking about the next few projects he had to work on later in the day. His mind was frequently distracted thinking about projects other than the one he was trying at the moment to complete.


During the course, particularly during his regular meditation practice at home, Bob developed a much stronger capacity when focusing on his breath to let go of extraneous thoughts whenever he became aware of thinking them. He learned to pay better attention to the object he'd intended to concentrate on during the 10-30 minute meditation, such as his breathing.


During the post-course interview, I asked Bob how things were going at work. He said that things were much better. He'd started going in earlier and meditating in a quiet room at work before his colleagues arrived. And, when he worked on a given project, he could focus on it much more steadily. He was completing projects better and more quickly because of his stronger concentration. And, he felt more confident during the day. What really surprised him was when a couple of his colleagues had recently asked him what was going on, why was he more relaxed at work.


It's feedback like this that makes me relish teaching M&M. In many cases, practitioners can better concentrate and perform at work, and this can also enhance relationships with their colleagues. It's a wonderful practice, this art of conscious living.

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