It often surprises me when I see someone suffering from an emotional issue and make no effort to do anything about it. They suffer and live with their discomfort, and are often down or critical of themselves around other aspects of their lives as well. In an office environment unresolved emotions lead to tension at work, reduced productivity, and not feeling good about one’s work life.
As a singer and musician I have always been interested in how music and sound affect mood, altered states and healing. Last year I began attending and researching gong sound meditation sessions in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver because of the way I felt during and after the sessions.
Mindfulness at work
Managing a team of people in a corporate environment towards a common goal and sustaining quality output is an ongoing challenge. Employee work stress and the pressures of deadlines, in addition to personality conflicts and personal issues, detract from group synergy.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is that feeling of worry or nervousness that we may experience when we feel pressure or resistance around some aspect of our lives. Anxiety makes us feel overwhelmed and in a state of stress. For others it may be even more extreme and experienced every day as an anxiety disorder or linked with depression. There are a variety of anxiety symptoms and circumstances — all of which can be addressed and minimized with the right approach. For example, during the upcoming holiday season many people will feel some form of social anxiety with the pressures of socializing and meeting new people, or at family events. Anxiety is that feeling of panic that gets in the way of us really relaxing and enjoying our down time. The truth is, any type of stress or anxiety are indications that we are out of balance.
Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming more prevalent in the corporate world simply because they have proven to significantly combat stress and enhance individual well-being and productivity.