How to Practice Meditation at Work

Most of us spend a sizable chunk of our waking hours at work. Many of us don’t even enjoy the work we are engaged in day after day, or see it as a means to bankroll our free time. But with the right view — one based in becoming more awake to your everyday life, one that is grounded in knowing why you do what you do — you can live a happier, fuller life in and out of the workplace. You can live a life based on qualities you want to cultivate in yourself and qualities you want to see flourish in the world.

Finding presence

Wherever we are, we have the ability to be present. Sitting in our office chair, we can be present with the physical sensation of our breathing. On a day to day basis, we can be present with the people we encounter, the experience of our morning commute, the food we eat, everything. That is the purpose of meditation practice: to become more present and aware of every aspect of our life.

When it comes to work, we always have a choice. We can schlep through our day-to-day existence, considering those hours we are working a waste of time, constantly looking ahead to our time off, or we can engage it in a way that makes us feel like we are participating in a life worth living. Meditation practice helps us slow down and be present enough to recognize the small joys about our work as well as its frustrations. It helps us sort through the muck of our own mind, know our intention clearly, and live our lives fully.

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Lodro Rinzler
Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. He is also the author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar…, Sit Like a Buddha, and Walk Like a Buddhist: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again.
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