Creating a Mindful Workplace

By Jerry Braza The power and beauty of practicing mindfulness in our day-to-day lives is obvious. It can be a wonderful challenge to incorporate mindfulness into our workplace environments, where the concept may be unfamiliar and individuals find themselves caught up in the demands, changes, relationships, and sometimes depersonalized nature of the space. I would like to offer an approach to mindfulness at work, which incorporates the simple beauty and spirit of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings to make them easily applicable to most workplace settings.

LET GO.

Let go of any attachment to one system of working or managing in order to learn and rediscover what is best for everyone.

OPEN YOUR HEART.

Develop sensitivity to and compassion for the difficulties and pain of others. What affects one, affects all.

SIMPLIFY.

Eliminate the clutter impacting your body, mind, and spirit.

FORGIVE.

Holding on to anger, resentment, and negativity leads to personal and professional disharmony, and creates "unfinished business."

BE MINDFUL.

The best gift you can give others is your true presence.

BREATHE!

Use "mindful breathing" to return to the present moment and regain composure, peace, and understanding.

SPEAK FROM YOUR HEART.

Use truth as the basis of your communication. Become aware of how your words impact the spirit and morale of your colleagues and your organization.

THINK HEALTH.

Develop and follow a plan to cultivate personal and organizational health.

BECOME A LOVE-FINDER.

Recognize, respect, and support the good work and accomplishments of others

LOOK DEEPLY.

Continuously examine your daily words and actions to be sure they are in harmony with your core values.

When one person in any working environment chooses to be more mindful, their peaceful and healing presence can empower everyone else.

Jerry Braza, Ph.D., True Great Response, is the author of Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness. He conducts mindfulness workshops for companies and organizations around the United States.

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