Azim Jamal's The Corporate Sufi A to Z  |  M = Meditation
 
Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves,
in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves,
where we can really experience and taste our full being.
                                                                                ~ Sogyal Rinpoche
 
This month, we explore the wonderful world of meditation, a place where we meet ourselves and awaken to the conscious awareness of the present moment. Learn about the science of meditation and how you can use it to create a more inspired and empowered way to live.
 


Meditation
at the
workplace

 

 
Meditation at work seems like an anomaly. But the busier we are, the more there is the need to be meditative. Companies the world over are now recognizing its effect on employee wellbeing and productivity.

For instance, Google has a meditation class as a part of an internal course called ‘Search Inside Yourself’. The course is aimed at helping people manage their emotions; ideally making them better workers in the process.

The co-founders of Twitter and Facebook regularly hold in-office meditation sessions to enhance mindfulness. 
 

The Science of Meditation – choosing a technique best suited for you


Meditation essentially means dropping all activity, including your thoughts. When you are not doing anything at all and are utterly relaxed in your being, yet alert and aware, meditation happens.

To reach this state of being, you first need to quieten the endless chatter of a cluttered mind.

To start with, you need to identify a quiet place and time to begin your meditation. Generally, early mornings or night-time in your own room or outdoors in nature is best. Each meditation style needs to be practiced for at least 20 minutes daily. 
 


Steering life
in the right
direction

 


In today’s vlog, Azim discusses his own personal experiences with meditation and its role in steering his life in the right direction.

He explains how meditation is not only a device to relax your mind but also a significant tool to get inspired and differentiate between what is really important in life and what is just urgent but not really important.
 
Click below for the next instalment in our series, The Corporate Sufi:  A to Z.

 



Q:

 
 

"I’ve tried meditation, but find it very difficult to silence my thoughts. Can you please give me some tips on the correct way to meditate?"
 

Meditation is essentially an act of non-doing so don't force yourself to repress or silence anything. Even if you do, it will rise up again later.
 
Also, if your mind is racing too much or you are too disturbed, sitting down for meditation will be like stomping a lid on a pressure cooker. You will end up feeling more irritable or explosive.
 
Because the very nature of energy is to flow, it will always look for an outlet for expression. 
 


Send me your questions!

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Please send in your comments, inquiries, ideas, questions and experiences by emailing
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Sincerely,


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