Work can be stressful. You’ve got a to-do list the length of your arm, calls to make, and emails to respond to. How can you manage all of this in a single day? Maybe you should be meditating.
How many of you would raise your hand right now if we asked this: “Do you need a reset button for your brain?” Metro agrees that we are too stressed out and stands behind the idea that workplaces need to provide employees with the ability to shut off and reset. One company named Mindfresh has made this their goal. Their entire reason for being is to boost productivity in the office and help people learn how to de-stress. So how does Mindfresh work?
Chiyoko Osborne and Jen Kluczkowski founded the company back in 2013. They both worked for big name companies and know how high stress workplaces can be, causing you to easily burn out. Kluczkowski stated:
As a last ditch effort to find relief, I started a daily yoga + meditation practice in 2008. Sometimes that meant sneaking out of the office mid-day, but it felt justified because my performance at work was improving. With less physical pain + mental distraction, there was space for the good stuff, like inspiration + creativity, to come through again.
I became fascinated with the mind-body connection + how it influences our work. In 2012, I spent a year studying at the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC for my 800-hour certification. I also traveled to India four times in four years to study yoga philosophy + asana with masters.
The goal was to develop the most effective mindfulness experience to bring into the office, since that’s where many of us spend most of our time. Our belief is: if we feel great at work, we’ll do great work. When we feel great at work, we’re more engaged + our time spent at the office is more meaningful.
Their 30 minute sessions have seen a lot of success. After all, their 750 onsite mindful movement sessions in New York and San Francisco have received glowing reviews. Kluczkowski is a firm believer that multitasking is truly at the heart of what’s putting a stopper in achieving our goals.
“People will put ‘I’m a great multitasker’ on resumes. But there’s a lot of different research showing that if you do five or six different things at one time, you make so many errors, it’s done carelessly, you have to go back and redo things, other people have to correct you,” says Kluczkowksi. “So now there’s more of a shift towards ‘How do we train our brains to do one thing at a time again with total attention?’”
Meditation has been around for years. The earliest records we have relation to meditating are from as far back as 1500 BCE, sprouting up from Hindu traditions of Vedantism. Yet many historians believe that the practice began way before this time, going as far back as 3000 BCE. A monk named Dosho, who had discovered Zen during a visit to China in 653, brought the practice of meditation to Japan upon his return to the country. After that, meditation exploded among the populace. The actual term “meditate” was introduced by Monk Guigo II in 12th century AD. It comes from the Latin word “meditatum” which means “to ponder.” The practice took on its own life, spreading among the continents. It didn’t become a hit in the Western population until the 18th century and in 1927, after “Tibetan Book of the Dead” was published, Westerners became infatuated with the idea. Now, many startups are recognizing the benefits of being mindful and including meditation sessions in their workdays.