When I am not working at my spiritual businesses, which is not quite yet a full-time situation; I work for corporate America as a computer analyst. (Yeah go figure! I’m one of those right-brain/left-brain type of people!) At my Corp USA job, I’m just beginning a major project. It’s one of those high profile/high priority projects so the stress level can be daunting at times.
I learned long ago that stress does kill (and makes us fat too!!)…so I do try and maintain a sense of calmness about me. For the most part I’m pretty good about; although for some of my project team mates, the stress comes quickly and often. A few years ago I came upon the article below and found it helpful. I wrote in an earlier blog that I found Point 1 and 2 I find I can do while at the time I found Point 3 and 4 not so much. I’m happy to report that today I’m much better at Point 3 and Point 4 too. So becoming calmer is achievable.
The author makes some valid points…so I thought I’d pass these wisdom nuggets along again. Perhaps you too can gain some perspective by reading and following them.
I hope your challenges are few and far between!
In the meantime, look these nuggets over and see which resonates with you!
4 Ways to Be Calmer at Work: Well-Being in the Workplace
By Christa Martin for O, The Oprah Magazine – Jan 2012
© 2012 Harpo Productions; All Rights Reserved.
In 1989 Pamela Weiss quit her office job to spend a summer at a Buddhist monastery outside Carmel, California. That summer turned into two years and, eventually, a new title: Zen Buddhist monk.
Now Weiss offers mindfulness workshops to corporations like Genentech and Twitter through her company, Appropriate Response. Weiss, 49, believes that “bringing your whole self to work—mind, heart, and body—helps you find the best response to a situation.” (Better than, say, firing off an angry e-mail after a heated meeting or stressing out before a big deadline.) Here, she shares four ways to infuse your cubicle with calm.
Find your footing: Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, press your feet against the floor. “By establishing a strong physical foundation, you bring a sense of balance to the body,” says Weiss.
Become a beginner: If you find yourself in an argument, don’t argue—instead, start asking questions. “By being inquisitive, you uncover new ways of seeing,” explains Weiss. “That helps you get past roadblocks.”
Name your mood: Work can leave you frazzled—but there’s a way to put your feelings in perspective. Every hour write down one word summarizing your state of mind. “At the end of the day, review your list,” suggests Weiss. “You’ll see that even the worst feelings don’t last.”
Let it go: Before leaving the office, imagine a box. Place the day’s events inside, then visualize it floating away. Says Weiss, “Releasing these thoughts lets you engage wholeheartedly at home.”
Which point registered with you? Let us know by commenting below!
Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
As a computer systems analyst, Blake has learned how to deal with major projects and deal with a variety of people. She uses those skills when spiritually consulting with clients or teaching spiritual students.