An average person spends approximately one-third of his life at his workplace. Starting 8 in the morning average working hours can extend up to 8 to 10 hours per day. Working this many hours can drain you of the energy and the will to live. But that’s not the only problem here.
How does a person manage to deal with life and its challenges and still manage to show up at work with a vibrant smile on his face? All the real-life troubles that inhabit our minds can make the working hours feel like an eternity.
Meditation not only helps you tackle the workload but also improves your cognitive abilities.
Meditation and focus
Whatever field you are working in, your efficiency comes down to one thing and that’s how good you are at focusing. A study shows that people who regularly practiced meditation performed better on a visual task and had a greater attention span than those without any meditation experience. No matter what job you have, you always have to worry about multiple tasks at one time. All this while trying to stop your mind from wandering away. From having vivid daydreams to diligently worrying about other things that we need to do, our mind tricks us into losing focus every few minutes.
One study found that people who listened to a meditation tape experienced improved attention and accuracy while completing a task, compared with those in a control group. Being able to focus on work can be challenging but meditation makes it easier. In Bhagavad Gita, it says, "When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place".
Meditation improves your relationships with people around you
Work is not all about focus, it's also about building an amicable relationship with your coworkers. Every day's stressful life can sometimes make it tough for a person to be a friendly face to everyone at work. Leaving your personal life behind and showing up as your best self at work is what gets you the appreciation of your coworkers. And this appreciation not only boosts your self-confidence but also gives you a sense of accomplishment. In a study, 153 adults who used a mindfulness meditation app for 2 weeks experienced reduced feelings of loneliness and increased social contact compared with those in a control group.
Meditation and self-love
Certain types of meditation help in developing kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself. Through practice, people learn to extend this kindness and forgiveness externally, first to friends, then acquaintances, and ultimately enemies. If you are wondering how this can help your job, imagine having to share an office with a person you despise. Feelings of hatred and disapproval are the poison that can eat you up from inside. Harboring hatred for yourself or anyone that you work with can not only cost you your peace but also costs you your time and time is a precious commodity. Especially when it comes to making the most of your working hours.
Make meditation a habit not just a hobby
Meditating every morning before going to work can hold the key to your inner peace and eventually the key to your success. Once meditation becomes a part of your routine, your calm mind will be the ultimate weapon against your daily challenges. Because the more tranquil a man becomes the greater is his success, his influence and, his power for good.