Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to “take better care of yourself?” Then make it a high-priority resolution to practice meditation daily, longer, and more deeply than ever. This will give you the mental strength and determination you need to make the changes you want, and succeed at making them last all year, and beyond.

For more on the power of meditation for coping with change and difficult times, please see “Wall Street Bosses, Tiger Woods Meditate to Focus, Stay Calm" which features MedWorks Corporate Meditation Programs near the end of the article.

A New Inner Administration

At this historic moment, many of us are grappling with extreme doubt, fear, and uncertainty regarding the economy, our jobs, our homes, etc. At the same time we’re also feeling optimism and excitement about a new president and hopefully a better way of dealing with all these issues.

This drama on the world stage is an exaggerated external version of what goes on inside your mind: all the problems and worries that have been swirling around you rise up, often with great force. But the powerful inner tools of meditation - concentration and mindfulness - are also there to help you successfully navigate and deal with whatever arises.

Meditation can help keep you focused on the current moment, whatever is arising. This focus on the “now” keeps your mental agility fresh and new: even if it’s the same mental content you’ve been dealing with for years. It really is new every moment, and that newness helps us diffuse the power of negative mental constructs, and creates more positive neural pathways in our own inner infrastructure.

The Obama administration’s “honeymoon period” may fade after 100 days or so, but our inner mental administration can stay permanently fresh through the power of daily meditation.

Richard Geller
Founder and President


Minute Mindfulness Meditation

Take a break from your busy day right now to refresh your mind with a minute of mindfulness meditation. Start with a few nice deep breaths, and really feel each moment of the breath experience, as the air travels into your nose, down your throat, into your lungs

and back out again. Allow yourself to get lost for a few moments in those simple but powerful physical sensations.

As your breathing and focusing goes on, inevitably thoughts will arise in your mind about your work, or whatever random subject matter may come up. That’s fine – you’re going to use those thoughts in the next step of the meditation.

As you’re feeling your breath, simultaneously allow yourself to simply observe whatever is arising to your awareness: thoughts, feelings, external sounds, etc. You observe them as they arise and disappear, but you do not get involved with them, analyze them, judge them, or try to stop them. You just notice them, and then let them go by. Traditionally it’s described as like watching clouds go by in the sky on a windy day, or watching autumn leaves float by on a river.

If you get totally absorbed in some thought stream or analysis, then notice that fact, and let it go by. Just keep noticing and letting go of whatever arises. As necessary, you can return back to the breath as an object of focus at anytime, and hold your attention there briefly to re-focus and calm your mind. Then you can let go of that focus, and return to simply watching and letting go whatever comes up in your awareness.

A relaxing minute or two of mindfulness meditation can refresh your brain, and enhance your productivity and enjoyment all day long.

Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s largest manufacturer of kidney dialysis machines and products, and operates more than 1,500 outpatient dialysis clinics in the U.S. and around the world.

Through the auspices of our business partner Fitness Works at Work, 30 Fresenius employees in the Waltham, MA corporate headquarters recently completed MedWorks’ six-week “Stress Management through Meditation” program. Participants learned and practiced over 10 powerful meditation techniques including: breath focus, body scan relaxation, standing and walking meditation, Tai-Chi and Chi-Kung introductory practice, sound and music meditation, simple yoga as a meditation, visualization practice, and mindfulness meditation.

The program was so successful that the Fresenius employees who participated in the course requested monthly meditation sessions for 2009 to expand their stress management and coping skills. In these difficult times, this is a wise investment in employees’ productivity and overall well-being.

MedWorks is a professional stress management training company that focuses exclusively on providing stress reduction meditation programs in the corporate environment.

All of our programs are designed to help employees reduce stress, enhance productivity and effectiveness, and improve overall health and well being.
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