So much has been said about Meditation. As a kid, we have heard stories about how sages/yogis, kings, asuras (demons of the Hindu mythology) had been benefitted from meditation. These stories revolve around how they have used meditation (in its many forms) to gain boons and favors from the Gods that made them powerful. But then those were the days of myth. Today, science has caught up with our mythology – meditation has benefitted us in countless ways. Not to gain boons, but we can guarantee you that the benefits are nothing lesser than boons.
Because, we too caught up with meditation at work. Thanks to Bhushan Patil, who works as a Product Owner, we practiced meditation at one of our Continuous Learning session.
Bhushan is not new to the continuous learning activity scenario at work. We have had some inspiring sessions from him previously. This one was another ‘great session’ indeed. Bhushan is a hardcore book lover. He dedicates his heart and soul to books during his leisure times. He also loves spending time with nature and would love to spend a long vacation at his farm house being surrounded by the nature’s aesthetics, enjoying the pollution-free air and being happy about it. But, that doesn’t mean he is not happy here. He enjoys the work culture at our office and finds everyone cooperative. What he likes most about his workplace is rather than having a “management culture”, everyone volunteers at working their respective tasks and takes responsibility of it.
Though meditation is not new to us, there is a lot information we needed to know. It was only when Bhushan recounted the benefits for us, did we realize the power that is meditation. Apart from helping us to relax and concentrate, it also powers immunity and disease fighting genes against innumerable diseases that plague the human body. Bhushan also told about the various stages of meditation and how each one generates a different experience. He led through the steps of basic meditation.
As with every exercise, a warm-up was needed before we progressed into meditation. We did this with a breathing exercise. We started with rotating our head clockwise and then rolling it left to right. After this we tilted our heads downward while breathing in at the same time. Then as we rolled our head right to left and then tilting it backwards, we breathed out. We repeated this exercise 5 times.
Now, we were ready to meditate. We had to sit straight and put our hands on our thighs with palms facing upwards – the basic meditation pose. We closed our eyes and started to breathe in and out. While exhaling or breathing out, we had to count backwards from 10 to 1. We meditated this way for 10 minutes. Before ending the meditation and opening our eyes, we rubbed our palms to warm it and then placed them gently over the eyelids. Then, slowly, we opened our eyes. It was a really soothing experience for us. This session relaxed us in the middle of a really stressful week and at the same time, energized us for the rest of the day. Thank you Bhushan for coming up with this easy way to de-stress, relax and get energized at the same time.