January 25th, 2013 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on This Moment
Working in the retail food industry is perhaps one of the busiest and most hectic jobs you can participate in. There is rarely any down time. You’re either ordering food, unloading trucks, interacting with customers, processing paperwork, and the list could go on and on. In many ways, how we deal with the stress and constancy of the job determines how effective we are, and how well we serve our team as leaders.
When we’re working, we’re busy, and the high level of busyness, and the stress that is endured from constantly managing and dealing with the myriad of unpredictable events throughout the day, must somehow be managed… or, there is a breaking point. And we certainly don’t want to go there.
This week’s video (see below) prescribes a remedy for our hectic lives – the ancient practice of taking just 10 minutes a day to meditate, and by meditation, the speaker, Andy Puddicombe, is not calling on you to have a separate room in your house with incense burning and soft music playing. He’s simply asking you to take 10 minutes where you step off the fast spinning cycle of life and just be quiet – just be mindful. Mindful simply means you witness; no judgment (even if it’s your own thoughts); just observing. This 10 minutes can be your most powerful and valuable use of time each day.
I would recommend viewing it from this perspective – while at work, the time frame we deal with is typically – what’s coming next. We must constantly project ourselves into the future in order to be effective. Anticipating what’s going to happen in 30 minutes when the truck arrives (or with similar situations) is how we succeed. Meditation, even for 10 minutes a day, allows us to step back from projecting ourselves into the future and to live and experience our lives in the most important and most precious time frame we have – this moment.
For a much clearer and inspiring understanding of how meditation can best serve you, I encourage you take about 10 minutes and watch Andy’s presentation in the video below. Have a great weekend… and enjoy the moment.