Start Your Next Meeting with a Minute of Meditation

Start Your Next Meeting with a Minute of Meditation
In times like this when stress levels are high, meetings can get unproductive. To help your team move into a more composed & cooperative headspace, consider starting with a few minutes of mindfulness. Even small amounts of meditation have been shown to reduce anxiety, increase our ability to think creatively, and help us see from other perspectives. This may be a new experience for some team members, who might find it a little uncomfortable. Acknowledge this at the outset and encourage everyone to just do their best to be fully present. Then lead them through a basic mindfulness exercise: Ask them to simply focus on their breath for one minute. Tell them that it’s no big deal if they get distracted; all they have to do is relax and redirect their attention to their breathing. Many first-timers will be surprised at how difficult this can be, so assure them that it’s okay if they’re struggling to stay focused. Most people feel more calm and present after this short exercise, meaning your meeting will likely become more thoughtful and productive for everyone.

 

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Article by Harvard Business Review.  Photo Credits – http://www.healthline.com

-Rushabh Thakker |TheFineMen

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