To be honest, I was a little unsure about including mindfulness as a power tool in the program. And I was especially nervous about conducting a five minute mindfulness meditation in a conference room in the midst of the hustle and bustle of an office environment.
But I did a little more research and I thought to myself, how can I not include a technique that is probably the most used to manage stress and anxiety in the world right now? I would be doing the group a disservice. And so I went ahead and left it in the program.
And to my surprise, the tool was very well received. I included some techniques for practicing mindfulness on the go. And then towards the end of the session, I facilitated the group through a guided meditation. I did wonder if anyone happened to peer into the room while we all had our eyes closed and if they did, what on earth did they think!
The group is halfway through the program now. A number have dropped out due to work pressure, but about ten have managed to attend every session.
The exercises that I give to the group after each session is also piling up. And the retrospective questions at night are getting longer. The trick is to get to the point where the exercises are no longer exercises, but habits. But I have seen that nobody has reached that point yet.
I have encouraged them to try everything and then to select what works best for them. I have also cautioned though to try everything more than once before deciding that something doesn’t work. Some are clearly more diligent than others, but we have weekly check-ins and I can see that some peer pressure is playing a role.
So far, this has been a most rewarding as well as a valuable learning experience for me. I can see that this is a program that I will be able to re-use in the future. I am looking forward to next week when we tackle the power of positive thinking.
At the end of the session, I try to find an inspirational quote that embodies the power tool for the week. This week’s quote is by Bob Marley:
Until next time ☕️