My Corporate Experience

I used to work in a corporate environment. Although I complained sometimes, I also enjoyed it. It was exciting. We had a great team and worked well together. It was a really good job and my parents were proud of me. We served Fortune 1000 clients and were growing quickly. But we had significant deadlines to meet and if we did not meet them, the whole company from top to bottom would pay the price.

A factory might shut down if we did not deliver our products on time. And if we didn't make our customer's job easy, you can bet we'd have a harder time getting the next contract.

This sort of daily pressure to get sales, ensure quality and delivery, etc., and keep all departments running smoothly—from production to R&D in order to meet short and long-range goals—well, this pressure can get to you if you don't have a way to release it. And as far as I know, there is no release valve on the side of our heads!

No matter at what level you are working in an organization, if you are called upon to make wise decisions, not get flustered in the middle of negotiations, come up with creative solutions day after day, work with people and for people—in fact just experiencing the constant ebbs and flows of business (or any kind of work for that matter)…all of that takes mental and emotional stability.

If I had not meditated daily (or mostly daily), I am sure my performance would have been much worse, along with my emotional and physical health. There was something about the daily practice of meditation that gave me an even keel, and kept my mind clear and attentive. Meditation helped me be in touch with some basic sense of sanity that would otherwise have been hard to access.

Various studies show that meditation helps reduce stress and absenteeism, increases creativity and productivity, increases concentration, health and well-being, and overall job satisfaction. If the appropriate techniques are practiced, you can take some of the edge off, stay focused and keep the creative juices flowing.

If you are a wellness manager considering hiring a meditation instructor, I suggest hiring one who is an experienced meditator, who can teach a variety of techniques, and ideally is experienced with the demands of corporate (or similar) work.

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