A couple of weeks ago within the Mindfulness Workplace Community we had a really inspiring conversation around the above topic of “What it would mean to bring mindfulness into workplaces?” What is the potential and benefit of doing that?” “What changes would occur and how would it look like?
Since then I have been keep thinking about this, and what was continuously coming to my mind is balance; I don`t know how you are with it, but I feel that everything is extremely quick around me, fast and instant; we could say everything is about and around doing and having more and more, quicker and easier; at least this is what I have been feeling for a couple of years now for sure. But deep inside what I have always wanted and I am aligned to and have been trying to always integrate in my life, is slowing down, reflecting and bringing joy in the moment, besides of achieving goals and reaching something in the future; balancing the two.
Perhaps it could be that this is just my personality, but when I look around, I hear and see people wanting more time for themselves and also time to spend with loved ones and doing what they love doing. And still the trend is, to work hard so then you will be able to afford a comfortable living.
Therefore, my question “Does it need to be like this?” Working hard in a way which doesn`t bring joy and then have a bit of time to enjoy living? Hmmm, personally I don`t agree with this. I believe that life is about joy, in all areas of our lives including inside and outside, within the career and at home, alone and with others; balance between doing and being. And this is what I would like to promote.
And what we discussed is that the potential of having this balance in work, mindfulness can be the answer. So then how can we bring Mindfulness into the Workplaces?
Changing the mindset of leaders is key; leaders of our countries, and leaders from all level, including also workplaces, the way their operate, create their demand and treat their employees. We have this identity ingrained that as we did things in a certain way for decades and centuries, it needs to be like this, but does it really? ( I could write about this much more as I am so fully questioning of even the standard working hours to be less than this average of 40 per week and much more, but perhaps in another blog. )
What we agreed is to bring in Mindfulness from all levels, starting with our own selves and involving management and the whole workplace community; Start with you, start it within!
How? Be in the present moment, on purpose, intentionally with kindness.
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