The MSDUK Conference and Awards are here. In the run up to this inspiring event we’ve looked at unlocking innovation through diversity and inclusiveness, supporting excellence in supplier diversity programmes, and how diversity and inclusion are good for business.
One inclusive practice that can benefit the workplace is the practice of meditation, helping to bring diverse teams into harmony through peaceful reflection.
Many are only now starting to explore the positive impact on wellbeing and productivity that comes with regular meditation practice. In fact, there are decades of statistics and data that show the effectiveness of meditation in the workplace.
Scientific studies show benefits that would no doubt positively impact productivity. These include reducing stress, controlling anxiety, promoting emotional health, enhancing self-awareness and lengthening attention span.
Other studies and workplace-based trials indicate that meditation may significantly help in reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity.
Many at Onepoint have a regular daily practice of meditation. In fact, that’s how some of us came to know each other before becoming colleagues. We’ve seen the benefits first-hand in creating a safe, welcoming, productive space.
Visitors to our offices often comment on the peaceful vibe. Gentle music plays on the hour for a minute. This reminds everyone to take a break for reflection. To step back, take a breath, and refocus the mind to a calmer and more productive state.
At the start of the pandemic last year, many of us switched to working from home. The idea came to share our insights from meditation in the workplace with the wider global business community.
The Onepoint Oneness, ‘yoga for the mind’ meditation initiative was born. Weekly sessions open to all are held Fridays from 9:00 to 9:30am (UK time), and are offered free-of-charge as a service to the community. We invite experienced meditation practitioners and teachers to run each session, typically on a topic of interest to work and life. The sessions are live-streamed on YouTube. Previous sessions recordings are also available for on-demand viewing (also free.)
Virtual meditation, real impact
It might seem that meditation practice would work best with others — in-person, in an office. However, over the pandemic period, with everything going virtual, and less face to face contact with colleagues and clients, the benefits of live, guided online meditations have become even more apparent.
Like many businesses these days, the supplier diversity-focused industry organisation MSDUK recognises the power of meditation to positively impact the workplace. They were keen to add a meditation session to the agenda of their virtual conference.
Having experienced the Onepoint Oneness ‘yoga for the mind’ meditation initiative from Onepoint, MSDUK approached us to find an experienced meditator to run a session at the conference.
Sister Jayanti - international meditation teacher
We invited acclaimed meditation practitioner and teacher Sister Jayanti, who had previously run a session for Onepoint Oneness. We are honoured and delighted that she accepted the invitation.
Sister Jayanti is Additional Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the United Nations, accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She is also the Director of Brahma Kumaris activities in Europe and the Middle East. As a spiritual teacher for over 50 years, she has dedicated her life to self-transformation and service to humanity.
She champions the co-operative role of spiritual organisations in creating a just and peaceful world, bringing spiritual principles to the discussion tables of politicians, economists, business leaders, scientists and nearly every stakeholder of our times.
Join us for ‘Insights into inclusion and diversity’ - a meditation experience with Sister Jayanti
We hope you will join us for the session on Friday 3rd September 12:00 - 12:30pm UK time. You can register free for the conference here.