Fall is here, and most of us are back to work with a renewed energy.  This is the perfect time to start or reinvigorate your meditation practice to help channel that energy into positive, productive efforts and avoid the stress that often comes with this increased flurry of activity.

For more on the effectiveness of meditation in the workplace, please see the following excellent article in the Financial Times (of London), featuring MedWorks Corporate Meditation Programs and interviews with our clients Reebok and Medtronic, Inc.: The long-term value of deep thinking in troubled times.


FOUNDER'S FORUM:
No Debate On The Value Of Wellness

As the debate rages on health care reform, one item that all sides agree on is the value of prevention, especially in the form of employee wellness programs.  The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has taken on new meaning and relevance in this heated debate.


At the last Massachusetts Health Council meeting, John Auerbach, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, emphasized that their research pointed strongly to the need for companies to offer wellness training in the workplace.  People are so stressed and overworked, that when they come home to their families, they often don’t have the additional energy required to attend a meditation or yoga class, or go to the gym, etc.
 
We’ve made that same observation, and that’s why MedWorks has taught thousands of employees across Massachusetts how to reduce their stress and improve their productivity through on-the-job meditation classes.  The many benefits from the simple and powerful practice of meditation carry over into your personal and working life, even with only a few minutes of practice each day.


Richard Geller
Founder and President
 
 

MINUTE MEDITATION

Autumn Standing and Walking Outdoors Meditation

One of the best ways to re-energize your body and mind is with an outdoor meditation on a beautiful Fall day.  Find a relatively quiet place to sit outside.  With eyes open, breathe deeply and feel every moment of the crisp

Fall air coming in and out.  Really see and feel the world around you: the sky, the clouds, the trees and greenery, 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.

Find a private spot if you can, and then do a Standing Meditation: feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, spine and head straight.  Do a brief body scan, feeling and relaxing each part of your body, starting at your feet, and moving up to the top of your head.  Then feel your whole body as one whole feeling, and really focus on that feeling, just for a minute or two.

Then take that whole-body feeling for a walk, really feeling every step, and feeling your body moving through space, moment by moment.  Notice every slight feeling and thought that arises, and just let it all go by.

You can also do standing and walking meditation anytime and anyplace – walking to a co-worker’s desk, going to a meeting, or picking up lunch.  You will be amazed at how great you feel from even a brief meditation break.

CLIENT CORNER:
MedWorks’ collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

MedWorks is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to present meditation stress-management training at businesses statewide.

This was launched over the summer when we presented our one-hour “Learn to Meditate” class to 65 employees of the DPH at their Boston headquarters.  The class was a tremendous success with a unanimous positive response and request for more instruction.

The DPH’s mandate is to improve the overall health of the citizens of Massachusetts.
To this purpose they have launched a major initiative called “Working on Wellness” to help all Massachusetts employers institute an employee wellness program.

They offer an excellent Toolkit that’s available free on-line (a 193 page .pdf document): Worksite Wellness Program Toolkit.

We encourage all E-News readers to download the Toolkit to start or enhance your company’s employee wellness program.  In addition, the DPH “Working on Wellness” program offers training and other assistance for companies trying to establish an employee wellness program.

Part of this program now includes on-site meditation stress-management training from MedWorks at a reduced rate.  Companies that have taken advantage of this offer include the Massachusetts Hospital Association (Burlington), Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston), Cobham Sensors (Lowell), the City of Easthampton, and the MA Department of Corrections (Bridgewater).  We strongly recommend that meditation training be an essential part of every employee wellness program.  Meditation has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be among the best solutions for stress and its toll on employees.


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.
If you have questions about our services or have feedback on our E-News, please email us at info@meditationprograms.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.