How did your practise go? Did you meditate? How did you find your first steps into looking at the world from a different perspective? Did you manage to quieten your mind and focus on nothing? Did you find some online help on how to meditate?
There are lots of apps, online guidance, guided meditation, and calming music out there, that I don’t think I really need to provide a list. The only App I am happy to recommend is called CALM and the premium version offers you a guided meditation on various topics. I enjoy that now and again and find it useful if you want to fall asleep on a plane or just chill out after a long day in the office whilst your brain is still buzzing. Of course you could quieten your mind yourself but why not get the odd help in doing so?
To conclude, Buddhism helps me to combine my drive to help others, to eliminate mine and other sufferings plus my drive for personal development and happiness. Living by the above helps me to become who I am set out to be. I am a strong believer that we are here on earth for a purpose, that things happen for a reason and that karma, the thought of one action resulting in another action, exists.
A negative thought or action will trigger a negativity elsewhere that comes back to you. Likewise a prayer group that focuses on someone’s health can make this person get better. There is Reiki and other practises that make use of the greater consciousness and the power of thoughts. I am a believer that the positive thoughts you send to someone will reach that person and make a positive difference.
I also have a little altar where I donate 5 gold coins on a regular basis. Once a year I take about 200 pounds sterling to the local bank and donate it to charity. I believe that the money I put away slowly over the year to ask for good spirits will help others in their efforts to improve people’s life. But you need to believe in it and believe it works. If you are doubtful whether or not positive thoughts are helping others, don’t even try. You won’t succeed. Let go of your current believes and give it a go, why not?
The benefits of a spiritual practise for work start with relieving stress by using meditation and mindfulness. It is a little bit like Emotional Intelligence and like managing your energy at work by taking regular breaks. Targets and achievement pressure, or stress, is increasing year on year, creating more and more tension. Being able to shut your mind down for a few minutes, take a deep mental breath and then come back to work all refreshed will help the business as much as the person’s mind. It makes for better, more productive, yet happier employees.
Meditation can create a positive change in your consciousness with the aim to practise to be a good human being, being nice to subordinate staff and practising compassion, helping your staff rather than abusing it. Only a calm mind can do that. Being human again, being aware of your feelings and not to hurt the feelings of those around you, not being recklessly profit driven. In reality I would agree with Forbes’ article that happier workplace make for more productive workplaces, e.g. the benefit for the employees actually benefit the company’s profit. I am sure you find more of those case studies elsewhere.
This leaves me to conclude that living with the other person in mind, mindful about oneself and one’s environment, caring for others, helping others, motivated to help others and taking regular breaks and looking after yourself through exercise and good food, will make you a happier and ultimately a more productive person. I also appeal to the managers out there to encourage people to take prayer or meditation breaks throughout the day.
I encourage to follow a path that makes for better employers, employees and workplaces with sustainable business practises, win/win solutions, trustworthy and content employees as well as happier people – as well as a better you.
What are your thoughts on spiritual practises at work?
Are you applying some of those principles already?
This concludes my chapter on Buddhism and Management from my book.
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