Need to figure out a way to get more done at the office? Close your eyes, get in the lotus position and just say “ohm.” Never mind those stares from Julie in human resources. Meditation just may be the answer to clocking out on time for once.
USA Today reports a new study out of the University of Washington shows people who had been trained in how to meditate reported feeling less distracted, less stressed out and more focused on the tasks at hand.
“Meditation is a lot like doing reps at a gym,” study coauthor David Levy tells the newspaper. “It strengthens your attention muscle.”
Ready to give meditation at work a whirl?
“The simplest form of mindfulness meditation I know is to just sit and pay attention to your breathing,” Levy tells USA Today. “To feel the actual sensations of your breathing and when your mind inevitably goes away to something else . . . just bring your mind back. Bring it back to the sensation of the breath again and again.”
OK, breathe . . . Monthly reports due . . . Breathe . . . E-mail inbox overload . . . Breathe . . . Memo to the boss . . . Breathe . . . Get done on time today.
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