Contemplative practice has existed for well over 2,000 years, and it’s even more relevant now.
In recent years, western psychologists and scientists, together with eastern contemplative scholars have begun to work together to study the effects of meditation and mindfulness practices on human behavior. The results clearly indicate that a consistent practice leads to increased cognitive ability, a more stable emotional state, and greater physical health.
The GoInsideOut curriculum is based on three fundamental principles of meditation practice that will, if attended to with focus and discipline, lead to a healthier, happier, and more productive workplace, thereby decreasing the burden of added healthcare costs, which in the United States alone is approaching 200 billion dollars annually.
Meditation, as a practice, leads us to greater self-awareness, a deeper sense of well being, and in turn a richer perspective on the world and how we participate in it. At home, at work, at play.
“The fact that the practice of meditation is a science, a systematic training of the mind, is what allows everyone to experience the same incredible benefits.”
The scientific research community, physicists in particular, are coming to realize that the world may not function the way we have thought in the past. Our ability to change and influence events may be greater than we ever imagined. A broader secular community is now embracing ideas and beliefs that have long been a part of contemplative practice.
At GoInsideOut we endeavor to bring the wisdom of centuries of contemplative thought and practice together with the most recent findings of modern science and psychology. We create programs that will provide greater mental conditioning and attention training as well as enhance employee participation, performance, and productivity.
And when it’s all said and done, perhaps the most important contribution that we can make is to simply help create the conditions for greater happiness and peace.
It’s harder than it sounds. “Attention” can only be achieved once a true state of relaxation occurs. This is not about “mastering” anything. It’s not about any ego driven, goal-oriented fixation. It’s about creating a physical and physiological space in which you can objectively observe the tendencies of your habituated mind.
The keys to the castle. At this point, we’re looking to build on our ability to relax into an objective observation of our tendencies, and then create a level of stability and vividness. This brings about a unification of the mind. Focused, yet relaxed with a quality of awareness, openness, and receptivity.
Once attentional balance has been achieved, the practices of breathing, sitting and paying attention becomes pleasurable. It produces a sense of well-being, and contentedness, the by-product of which is empathy. Empathy leads to a greater sense of compassion, connection, and engaged productivity.