Because It Matters

Because It Matters

“My dream is to create the conditions for world peace in my lifetime

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 — and to do that by creating the conditions for inner peace and compassion on a global scale” ~ Chade-Meng Tan, Google’s Jolly Good Fellow

Mindfulness programs are becoming very popular in the workplace, and there is an enormous amount of research that speaks to how beneficial mindfulness is for companies and their employees. Some of these benefits include stress and anxiety reduction, fewer conflicts, better communications, and better decision-making.

But the benefits of mindfulness don’t stop at the end of the workday. Mindful employees are also mindful spouses and partners, mindful parents, mindful coaches, mindful book club members… mindful humans. There is a ripple effect to teaching mindfulness to employees.

A couple of articles caught my attention this past week, seemingly unrelated, and yet provoking such a strong response from me, that this article is practically writing itself. The first article was about the full moon arriving on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.

What was noteworthy about the article is that it described exactly the experience that I, and others, have been having. My experience was neither fun nor pretty.

I had the mother of all meltdowns.

Eventually, I looked to the tools and practices I’d learned from consciousness and mindfulness workshops and coaching, and with these tools and practices, I was able to return to a more centered and balanced perspective.

The second article was about the killing of two TV news employees on-the-air. While I don’t claim that mindfulness is the panacea for senseless violence, I wonder what inner turmoil the shooter, Vester Flanagan, might have been experiencing this week that led to his actions Wednesday morning.

I wonder if the full moon and the almost half of our solar system’s planets being in retrograde wreaked havoc on his emotions.

I wonder, had Flanagan had the benefit of mindfulness and consciousness training, would he have remained and acted from the state of mind he was in at the time of the shooting, or would he have been able to catch himself, pause, and return to a more centered and balanced perspective.

Flanagan’s experience is, of course, extreme, but it was big enough to shock me into writing this article. There is a wonderfully inspiring TED talk by Simon Sinek called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.”

These articles and my experience this week called me to action.

Because mindfulness matters. Consciousness matters.

Not just for companies. Not just in the workplace, but in all of our communities, worldwide. Mindfulness and consciousness training helps us to alleviate our own suffering. It helps us to see beyond our own “stuff.” It helps us to be able to press the pause button. It gives us the tools and practices that allow us to break habitual negative, destructive patterns and act and respond to life in other ways.

It might have helped Flanagan to see his life experiences in a different light.

 

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