Spring is here and as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, please remember to take a minute or two during your busy day to refresh yourself with a brief meditation break at your desk or outside in the spring air.

No matter how chaotic and stressful your workday is, a quick meditation break will improve your productivity and your ability to handle whatever challenges come your way.

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FOUNDER'S FORUM:
Spring into an Upward Spiral


“He not busy being born is busy dying.”
Bob Dylan

Spring is a time of renewal, and a perfect time to take stock of your work and life priorities: kind of like “spring cleaning” for your mind and life. Meditation is a powerful tool to use in this process, since it improves our capacity to see clearly into the workings of our own mind.

The media loves to report on celebrities, athletes, and politicians who have fallen into a downward negative spiral: over-indulging in illegal or immoral activities and getting stuck in unhealthy, addictive states of body and mind.

What’s not widely reported is how to get on, and stay on a positive, upward spiral:

• Through meditation you can experience glimpses of calmer, deeper states of mind that foster insight into the workings of your mind and life.

• As a result, you find yourself thinking more positive thoughts and doing more positive actions that are associated with these deeper states of mind you’re experiencing.

• These positive thoughts and actions tend to give you more energy, improve your decision-making, and allow you to meditate and explore even deeper states of mind.

• This in turn fosters even more positive thought and action.

One action that always fosters positive mind-states and positive repercussions is helping others: volunteer work, selfless action, and even momentary kind words and deeds to your family, co-workers, and anyone you encounter. No positive thought or act is too trivial, and they all add up to a more positive and productive life.


Richard Geller
Founder and President
 
 

MINUTE MEDITATION
Springtime Outdoor Meditation

One of the best ways to re-energize your body and mind at work is with a brief outdoor meditation on a beautiful spring day.

Start by standing in your cubicle or office and focus your attention totally on the

simple experience of walking: really focus on and feel your feet on the ground, and your legs and body moving through space. Stay focused on the current moment, as each one goes by.

Find a relatively quiet place to sit outside. With eyes open, breathe deeply and feel every moment of the refreshing air coming in and out. Really see and feel the world around you: the sky, the clouds, the green trees, the people going by. Just notice whatever thoughts and feelings arise and let them simply pass by like the clouds you may see floating by in the wind.

You will be amazed at how great you feel from even a brief outdoor meditation. And next time you’re in the woods or at the beach, try it for an extended period.


CLIENT CORNER:
MedWorks at MCCR&R Childcare Network

Since 2006, MedWorks has trained over
500 childcare workers in practical meditation stress-management techniques that can be applied at any moment in what can be a very stressful and unpredictable workplace. Classes have been held all over Massachusetts and the response has been tremendously positive.


Many of these classes are offered through the training programs of the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network  (MCCR&R), which provides parents with referrals and counseling on selecting quality child care, and offers training, consultation and technical assistance to child care providers.

For the last three years, MedWorks has offered the “Learn to Meditate” course at the annual MCCR&R convention at the U-Mass. Medical school.  We have also taught at numerous other childcare conferences, at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, and at many Bright Horizons childcare centers around the state. 

Most recently, 32 participants from Home/Health and Child Care Services of Brockton were trained in late March.

Some of the feedback from these classes:

“I can bring these simple techniques to my classroom to relieve some stressful times that my children have – a nice way to start the day.”
(Home/Health and Child Care Services – Brockton class)

"I plan to practice meditation to relieve stress and teach simple techniques to my kindergarten class.”
(Community Care for Kids – Quincy class)

“I plan to share the things I’ve learned with the parents of my class to use at home.”
(Child Care Connection/Family Services of Central MA – Oxford class)

“I plan on using the techniques learned in this training to reduce the effects of on-the-job stress and experience greater fulfillment and satisfaction in my position.”
(Child Care Resources - Fitchburg class)


To read previous MedWorks E-News that you may have missed, please click here.

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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