Fall is here, and everyone is 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.


FOUNDER'S FORUM:
Elect to Meditate


No matter what your political orientation is, there is one thing we can all agree on: meditation can have a dramatic stress relieving effect on your life. There have been several stories in the news lately about how meditation can help allay people’s fears during times of economic difficulty, war, and concern about the future (see Tough times can

take toll on your health, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 8/12/08).


A recent report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life said almost two-fifths of Americans report meditating at least once a week.

Meditation is also a powerful tool for preventative medicine, which is a key issue in the healthcare debate now going on. Meditation's positive effect on both our bodies and minds has been well documented by decades of credible scientific research. Some of the latest include: Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes, Forbes, 7/2/08, Meditation slows AIDS progression: study, Reuters, 7/25/08.

Your decision to practice meditation every day - even for just a few minutes – can powerfully affect your work and your life, and thereby positively affect us all.

Best wishes to all for a happy and productive fall season.


Richard Geller
Founder and President



MINUTE MEDITATION

Meditation in Action

You are in the middle of a stressful project, juggling multiple tasks at once, and your mind and body are moving at high efficiency. Yet in the midst of it, you are calm inside. This is the experience of “Meditation in Action.”


This is also known as being "in the zone.” However, it isn’t just confined to your moments on the tennis or golf course – it’s a state of mind you can operate in all the time, executing all your actions, from the mundane to the earth-shaking, at work, home, and wherever you are.

Try it now while you are reading this email.  Put your attention fully focused right here – reading and feeling into what this sentence is really saying.  If you have to jump up and do something urgent a minute from now – that’s fine.  But now you’re here reading this – so do it with all your attention.  And then jump up and do that task with the same intensity that you’re doing this one.  But “intense” does not have to mean “stressful” – it means full attention to the performance of the task.

If in the midst of executing a task you notice a stress reaction, take a moment to fully feel and recognize that, unflinchingly.  Don’t just ignore or gloss it over.  The human brain is the fastest super-computer in the world.  It takes only the tiniest fraction of a second to notice a tense feeling in your gut, or that you’re feeling a negative emotion, and then make a split-second mental decision to do the following:

1) Stop what you’re doing (at a logical break in the action), take a deep breath, and try to breathe out the tense feeling.  If all you’ve got is a few seconds, that’s fine. It will make a big difference in the success and quality of the task at hand.

2) If you can’t stop at that moment, try to feel your breath in the midst of the heat of the action.  Then make a mental decision to take a de-stress break as soon as it’s realistic. That break can last for just one breath, a few seconds, or a few minutes or more.

Most people know how to do this intellectually – but how many actually do this successfully on an ongoing basis? You can by consciously developing this inner skill through a daily practice of meditation for even a few minutes every day.


CLIENT CORNER:
MedWorks and Fitness Works at Work

For the past several years, MedWorks has been collaborating with corporate on-site fitness management group Fitness Works at Work to present employee wellness programs that develop both the body and mind. We have conducted meditation programs at many of Fitness Works at Work’s well known clients including Dunkin' Brands, Genzyme, W.R. Grace, and The MathWorks, to name a few.

“MedWorks is one of our major providers of meditation stress reduction programs for clients,” said Iris Sokol, president and founder of Fitness Works at Work.  “These programs are very popular with employees because they truly help them reduce stress and improve their health. When I started my business in 1982,

the idea of meditation in the workplace was unheard of.  Now meditation is looked at as another valuable tool to deal with stress.”

Fitness Works at Work is a visionary company that is dedicated to workplace wellness.  They work closely with their clients to understand their corporate culture and to develop customized wellness programs that motivate employees and make them healthier.  MedWorks is proud to be a part of this incredible team of wellness experts.



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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