What does it mean to “focus” on your breath?
The inhalations and the exhalations, feeling your body inhale, focus on the exhale. You’re focusing on the rhythm, just being conscious of that breath. If you close your eyes, if you inhale, focus on your ribs expanding, your chest expanding, the air flowing into your lungs. As you exhale, you feel the breath leaving you and going through your nose. Whether they’re long breaths or short breaths, just that in-and-out flow.
How did this regular meditation start?
Our founder, Mike, and I and a couple other people are all avid yogis. I actually didn’t do regular meditation before, but I’ve found it’s a good way to start your workweek. It was a small group to start, maybe about five of us, so we started doing it every Monday.
Is it mandatory?
It’s not mandatory, but everyone participates in it. When new people come on the team, there’s a learning curve, and it’s great to have Linda with us because she helps explain it really well.
Was meditation new for most members of the team?
Yeah, actually most people are not exposed to it. It’s new to most people who join the team.
We have had a couple people who have a harder time doing it. One time, we had someone who put headphones in and used her own meditation app, because she wasn’t able to sit in silence. But we’ve never had nobody try.
So what are some of the benefits you’ve found?
A few things:
1. Firstly, it’s concentration. Mediation teaches you to concentrate the mind, just for 10 minutes, on your breath. We try to jump into education right after meditation. To allow people to come out of meditation, sit at their computers, and just start cranking. It definitely helps mental strength and focus.
2. Creativity is another one. The session just leaves you to be a little more open-minded and less anxious, so you can simply execute, first thing Monday morning.
3. It also creates a sense of community. Monday morning, everyone just had their weekend, it’s a time for all of us to come together and catch up real fast before we put our heads down for the week. And also the positivity. The woman comes in with the life teachings and gives you a nugget to help your daily life. The team-building that spurs from that.
4. I think it just creates the sense of efficiency across all areas of the company.