I started a mindfulness group at work after doing some meditation practice for myself for a few months. Meditation has helped me in stressful situations and I wanted to share that with others.
Mindfulness practice is well aligned with our company leadership culture which has been significantly influenced by the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People over the years. See my earlier post about the connection of the 7 Habits and Mindfulness.
It's been a great start. We got a good number of people from all different roles in the organization: sales people, developers, team leads, project management, and QA.
We're early on in the group but, the turnout has remained strong through a couple of weeks.
We're using Headspace for guided meditation, which is very helpful. It's usually followed by 10 - 15 minutes of discussion on what went well or didn't go well for individuals.
There is a definite sense of vulnerability in beginning this new activity at work. The great news is that attendance has been good and, whether everyone has completely overcome that initial trepidation or not, they've continued to attend.
I'm very thankful for everyone who comes, I'm thankful for the opportunity to share, and I'm thankful for finding Headspace, which is a good app.
More updates as time goes by.
I work for Exadel, Inc. Exadel is a great company, with great people all around the world. I currently lead the Boulder, CO, USA office.