While the reasons people practice meditation can be varied, generally, the motivations are the same. On the surface, it might seem meditation is related to clarity of mind. Meditation is, however, also about seeking one’s life purpose and meaning. Spiritual mediation is particularly good at developing the latter.
I’ve already discussed the importance of spirituality on this blog, but now it is time to discuss how you can use meditation, spiritual meditation specifically, to truly understand yourself and what motivates you. To unfold the various layers of your understanding and beliefs to determine who you truly are.
By seeking to understand who you are and what truly motivates you will be able to harness the power of spirituality in the workplace.
Before I get started on how you can benefit from spiritual meditation, though, let’s take a closer look at what spiritual meditation is.
What is spiritual meditation?
While today the reasons why people practice meditation are wide and varied, historically, the art of meditation was intrinsically linked with spirituality. It was specifically related to the need to discover one’s depth while building self-awareness and connecting to the divine.
At its core, meditation is the practice of focusing the mind internally. To do this, generally, people focus on a thought, an object, or an activity – for example, breathing. If you increase your focus, you can achieve mental clarity, emotional calmness, and stability. However, it also increases your spirituality and through spirituality, you can discover who you are and what motivates you, both professionally and personally.
It’s been scientifically proven that meditation can increase self-awareness and elevate your happiness, mood, and memory, giving you the reigns of self-control, focus, and a clearer mind. It’s obvious that with these cognitive advantages, you will be better placed to achieve your goals.
In terms of your professional life, by developing a greater understanding of yourself by reflecting deeper and going beneath the surface level of your everyday life to discover your true self, you can tap into your true passions. If you identify what really drives you, you will be inspired to do your best.
Spiritual meditation in the workplace
Today, more and more companies are realizing the benefits of spiritual meditation in the workplace. Professionals and employers from all over the world are looking for ways to incorporate spiritual practices into the working environment.
Many workplaces are even actively hiring spiritual leaders or encouraging existing leaders to explore their own spirituality. You don’t need to look far to find successful spiritual leaders, either. Take, for example, Indra Nooyi, retired chair and CEO of PepsiCo after 24 years. During her time in leadership, she became renowned for creating a better working environment with more stability, improved communication, healthier products, and increased mindfulness.
She treated employees as individuals, distinguished them apart, and tended to their needs. At the same time, she nurtured a healthy increase in more compassionate leaders that thrived in the healthiest working environment.
The spiritual benefits of meditation
While the inclusion of spiritual practices in the workplace has been applied to varying degrees, one thing is clear– the companies that decided to incorporate spirituality into their business and apply it in a professional environment immediately realized its benefits.
Including spiritual mediation in the workplace – whether that be on a company-wide or individual level – helps employers and employees experience:
Having a high level of self-awareness has been found to be crucial in maintaining and developing healthier work relationships –starting with yourself but also with your peers.
Increased self-awareness has been linked to being better equipped to manage your emotions, fears, and all your negative – and indeed positive – feelings that can happen in the office.
Although perhaps, most importantly – getting to know yourself also helps you to connect with yourself on a more spiritual level. You will learn how you can function better – as a human, as a person, as an employee.
Spiritual meditation, while not the only way, is one of the most effective ways to increase your self-awareness.
A greater level of self-awareness translates into greater leadership and, in turn, also better-performing employees.
Reduced levels of stress
Stress can take its toll on your body. And the ongoing stress executives must face in their working lives can be overwhelming. Living in a state of stress is like living in a constant state of awareness. Always “on”, always ready for action. Never in a state of calm, never allowing your body to reach its natural equilibrium.
Spiritual meditation can undo the effects that excess stress has on your body. It works to counter your body being in a state of readiness and instead triggers the body’s relaxation response. It resets the body to a calm state, helping the body repair itself and preventing new damage from the physical effects of stress.
By giving our bodies the opportunity to experience a sense of calm rather than stress, we allow ourselves more opportunities to make better and more logical business decisions.
How to practice spiritual meditation at work
First, find a quiet space where you can comfortably meditate. If you are in your own office, then it shouldn’t be hard to find a spot. If not, then ask the management whether they can provide a safe space for you. A simple technique to follow might look like this:
- Find a comfortable position – your chair or the floor.
- Let your body loosen and experience the process, letting it to happen.
- Don’t try to push aside your thoughts. Acknowledge them.
- Say your chosen prayer, increasing your spiritual energy levels.
- Take a moment to reflect on yourself and become aware.
How to practice spiritual meditation outside work
While the process is more or less the same, you can choose to meditate for a longer time outside of the office. The beauty of spiritual meditation outside work is the freedom to pick a location. You might choose to practice at home, outside in a park, by the ocean, or in a forest; you could even go to your place of worship and simply close your eyes and begin.
Realizing the benefits of spiritual mediation
Getting to the center of yourself is no easy feat; for most people, it takes time, courage, and determination.
But by committing yourself to the process and maintaining a healthy level of spiritual meditation while in the office, over time, it can become a healthy, productive habit.