Create a Happy Life That's Sustainable
With previous posts highlighting how meditation and mindfulness (The 21st Century Meditating Monk) is no longer limited to monks gently levitating in Tibet, I find it helpful to point out where these practices can assist in our daily lives, cohabitating with our 9-5 lifestyles.

 

Tom Werner, CEO of solar energy company SunPower in San Jose, California, is a glowing example of how this practice can benefit us in the wild. Tom finds that a daily meditation practice has made him a more empathetic and respectful boss – integral traits when managing over 6,000 employees on the reg. He even laments how, even though he may not be able to clear his schedule, he finds time to clear his head (which aligns with a Gandhi quote about needing EXTRA time to meditate when he’s busy, but I digress). The best part? Tom only needs 10 minutes a day for this practice.

 

The meditating CEO is not alone – Salesforce will soon be installing “mindfulness” rooms in their offices for employees to take mini meditation breaks throughout the day. These efforts are being taken to support the well-being of Salesforce employees, as the constant activity and stress of employees’ day-to-day activities require dedicated time throughout the day to disconnect and unplug to stay focused (that’s right, they even have to check their “gadgets” at the door). The thought process here is that these employees are spending so much time OUTWARDLY facing during work hours, that they need a time to focus INWARDS to stay healthy and yes, productive employees.

 

Salesforce is not alone either!! Google has dedicated locations within most of their offices for employees to pause for mindfulness, at times even organizing group meditations throughout the day. If the behemeth of Google, ahem “Alphabet,” has time to meditate, couldn’t we all find as little as 10 minutes a day to care for our well-being and ourselves holisitically?

 

For those who may push-back that this is all hippie drippie stuff, emboldened by hippie drippie outposts like Google and hippie drippie locations like California, science (you know, the straightforward subject in school only rivaled by math class) is starting to catch up to those levitating monks. A recent study proves, when tested against a placebo, that mindfulness meditation can positively change the brains of normal people and potentially improve their health. With science and anecdotal evidence now backing these practices, what other reason does one need?

 

OK yeah, that last sentence was kind of a rhetorical question, but I’m going to take a shot at answering. Another reason? Self love and self care. This article details how meditation can increase our understanding of our body and it’s processes, ultimately allowing us to better understand our bodies, feelings, emotions, etc. which assist us in being the best versions of ourselves. When we’re the best versions of ourselves we’re better friends, parents, employees, siblings, and people.

 

The article cited in the last paragraph is a little woo woo, but if one reads back through all articles linked in this post they’ll find them littered with words like “respect,” “caring,” “joy,” “compassion,” the list goes on. In my opinion this isn’t a coincidence. A mindfulness and meditation practice supports becoming enhanced versions of ourselves, which enhance those around us, our communities, and ultimately the world in which we live and share.

 

Blessings on blessings,
Sean

About The Author

Mental Gymnastics is supported by a collection of like-minded individuals who have daily happiness practices. They will lend their expertise in various facets of life over time, sharing how and what they've implemented in their lives to achieve a sustainably happy life. Mental Gymnastics was started by Sean Yoon McDevitt, who holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia (while competing as a Division 1 Swimmer), an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an International Association of Meditation Instructors Membership.

4 Comments

  1. Wow I had no idea that Salesforce is soon to institute mindfulness rooms, nor that Google already has them! Doesn’t sound so “hippie dippie” when one of the most powerful and innovative companies of our day recognizes and encourages its importance.
    I love how you bring to light the transposition of turning from outward to inward…in today’s society we measure each other based on our outward productivity and work accomplishments, and too often forget that our greatest feats are those we accomplish in our own minds and bodies. Thank you for reminding me to better myself to BECOME a better self <3

  2. Thank you! I’m not sure I’ll ever get done tinkering with my headspace, but it’s definitely worth the effort to alleviate some of the stress and pain. I hope you’re having a great day!

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