With the event of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), our parent company, Meditation House, has been offering virtual Meditation & Mindfulness classes. These are classes offered to organizations for their employees that work from home or other remote locations. During this time, when so many companies have been forced to furlough their employees, Meditation House’s virtual classes allow people to take Meditation & Mindfulness classes while working from home. These classes have no size limitation and can be made up of a small group of people or hundreds of people. People can access these classes via desktop or laptop computers, tablets. smartphones and even call in via cell or landlines. The typical class time is 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Classes can be recorded for distribution to the organization’s employees and supplemental audio files are provided to support the employee’s Meditation practice.
Prior to Meditation House taking over the corporate side of our Meditation & Mindfulness practices, The Compassion Center’s Corporate Meditation Programs were integral parts of well-being programs offered by organizations. The Compassion Center had launched a new Corporate Meditation Program that made it easy for organizations to sample, at a very reasonable cost, and determine if such a program brings value to the organization. “Meditation House’s new virtual Meditation & Mindfulness classes allow corporations and other organizations to give their employees a tool that they can use to relieve stress and anxiety while working from home and other remote locations,’ said Dan Globus, Director of Meditation House. “As Meditation is still so relatively new in the workplace, our program makes it easy for HR people to quickly and effortlessly deploy a Meditation program and then evaluate how the program bolsters the organizations efforts.”
Meditation and Mindfulness are very much on the radar of many corporations. Just look at a small list of some of the major corporations that have implemented Meditation and Mindfulness programs for their employees:
There are different types of Meditation classes and corporate Meditation programs available and as there are no standards, it can be extremely challenging for an organization to hire a Meditation teacher. After all, there are no widely accepted standards with regards to what these programs should look like and what results they should produce.
After being contacted by several corporations that were interested in Meditation classes, it became very clear that asking most organizations about their needs, with regards to a program, was not a good idea. Human resource departments understand the need to keep employees happy and healthy, but Meditation is a bit of an abstract service and not one that HR people understand how to utilize. HR people get the general idea that one of Meditation’s goals is to relax people. But how does this translate into making employees more productive, happier in the workplace, and healthier?
We started to look at what are the most requested goals from employees as well as HR people. Here is the list of top goals for people in corporations:
- Reduce and Remove Anxiety & Stress
- Build Confidence
- Create a Stronger Desire to Further the Organization’s Goals
- Increase Creativity and Problem-Solving Abilities
- Build a Stronger Connection to Other Employees
- Bring Happiness and Joy into The Employees’ Lives
- Build Coping Mechanisms to Deal with the Daily Ups and Downs
To meet these goals, we should consider that there are challenges that employees face because of their employment. For example, if an employee is experiencing a high degree of stress and anxiety, possibly even having panic attacks, we should look at what’s causing this. Is this due to the employee feeling that his efforts are not up to the organization’s standards and he may get fired? Is this because the employee was asked to do something that he was not very experienced with and not very comfortable doing? An example of this is an employee who is asked to give speeches in front of a crowd of people and the employee has severe panic attacks when he make his speeches.
These issues can become multiplied by the employee taking specific “unhealthy” actions to deal with his anxiety and stress. This may include self-medicating with alcohol and/or other substances. What may have initially been just having a few beers after work could turn into a way for the employee to deal with the psychological pressures that he is feeling. When this type of behavior takes place over a period, what was initially an issue of dealing with anxiety and stress may not be complicated by a substance abuse issue.
We have created guided meditations that cover different topics. And even though some employees may not feel the need to meditate on some of these topics, participating in these classes have great value and benefit as they help employees to better understand what fellow employees may be going through. These meditations help to create a sense of compassion and better understanding for any employee that may be dealing with these issues.
Here are some topics that we teach in organizations (these can be adjusted to meet each organization’s needs):
- Overcoming Fear: getting at the root of what causes anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- Building Confidence
- Learning How to Unwind without the Need for External Substances
- Addressing Self-Medication: learn how Meditation can free you of the need to self-medicate
- Addressing Anger
- Love and Compassion for Ourselves, Co-Workers and Everyone Around Us
- Dealing with Loss & Grief
- Removing Self-Doubt
- Removing Negative Emotions and Thoughts
- Learn to Sleep Like a Baby and Get Up Fully Rested Each Day
- Finding Joy and Happiness
- The 20 Minute Work Reset: feel rested, energized, confidant, creative and happy in 20 minutes
How Long Are These Programs?
Note: Since the writing of this article, in 2017, and since the outbreak of Cornoavrius, Meditation House has dramatically changed its Meditation & Mindfulness class and program offerings. Please visit Meditation House’s page dedicated to virtual Meditation & Mindfulness classes.
We understand that many organizations do not want to initially commit to a long program. They would like to try a program within a relatively short time-frame, evaluate the results, and then decide if this is something they wish to invest in on a long-term basis. To address this need, The Compassion Center had offered a three (3) month program with three (3) different options on how often classes can be taught.
- Program #1
- Two (2) classes per week taught in 2 days. You would pick the 2 days and time of day that would work best for your organization.
- Program #2
- Four (4) classes per week. You choose the days and time of day that would work best for your organization. These can be 4 separate days, 2 days with two classes (this will allow different groups of people to attend classes when they are available) or any combinations of days and times.
- Program #3
- One (1) class per week. You would choose the day and time for this class.
Why Is This Program Three (3) months Long?
It takes time to properly learn how to meditate.
Most people attending our classes have never been formally taught how to meditate. It’s very interesting that when we start each program, we always ask “how many of you have meditated before?” We always see several hands raised. However, when we ask people about the “method” they use to meditate and whether they have been taught by a teacher how to meditate, the answers are always the same.
Many people think that simply closing their eyes, remaining quiet, and possibly playing some background music or sounds, is Meditation. This is not Meditation. The Meditation that we teach is based upon 4 steps:
- We create/set a Motivation. A motivation is a goal or intention of the Meditation.
- We bring stillness, calmness and relaxation to the body and mind.
- We use the breath to bring the body and mind into a greater and deeper state of stillness and quiet.
- Once the body and mind are still and quiet, we focus on our Motivation.
Even though we can teach anyone how to meditate, it requires a number of classes to practice this technique and have a strong connection with the meditative state. By practicing Meditation with a trained teacher over several weeks, employees build a strong practice and experience many different aspects of what Meditation can do for them.
Meditation has a cumulative effect.
Meditating on a regular basis has similar benefits to, as an example, going to the gym on a regular basis. The more we go to the gym, the bigger our muscles become and our cardio system becomes stronger. The body and mind respond to continuous Meditation classes in a similar way. The more you meditate, the calmer your body and mind become. The mind benefits in the following ways:
- The mind remains in a calm quiet state for longer periods of time.
- This calm state allows the mind to tap into creativity.
- Negative thoughts such as anger rarely take hold.
- A calm mind allows the body to feel more rested.
- A calm mind allows us to better deal with high pressure situations.
If we only meditate once a week, we can benefit on a temporary basis. However, to tap into all the benefits that Meditation has to offer, we should meditate at least once a day. For any organization that has us leading a once a week class, we encourage employees to take 5-20 minutes each day, either at work or at home, to meditate. Our classes become the reinforcement to maintain a Meditation practice.
How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of a Meditation Program?
We can assist an organization to determine whether our program has had any measurable benefits to the organization. We use a survey form at the end of our classes and programs. This survey can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. The survey can be distributed online via your website, via e-mail or in hard copy. We can also provide a password protected link to a survey within our website and can then provide the survey results in a downloadable Excel or PDF file.
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