Um dia de Mindfulness (Atenção Plena) na Google

Foi a primeira vez que o Google teve um Mestre Zen presente na sede da sua empresa em Silicon Valley. Thich Nhat Hanh facilitou durante uma tarde um workshop sobre Mindfulness (Atenção Plena) aos funcionários.
A Google quer assim encorajar mais saúde, felicidade, equilíbrio e reconhecer que as meditações Mindfulness são cruciais para a saúde mental e sucesso dos funcionários.

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Breathe mindfully into Your Heart

When we’re feeling unmotivated, it’s helpful to reconnect with our desire to contribute to and serve others. A great yogic exercise for doing this involves breathing into the energetic center in our bodies called the heart chakra, which is located in the heart area.

According to yoga, energy flows more freely through the heart chakra when we breathe into it and focus our attention on that area – energy flow where attention goes. When this happens, we deeply feel our sense of compassion toward others, and regain our desire to give to the world through our work.

Right now as you are reading this, breathe into the heart chakra, put your hands together at the level of your heart.Then, breathe deeply so that nourishing oxygen fills your upper chest area. Feel the warmth and openness in your heart area, and notice any tension melting away.

You can practice this exercise at your work, home, car, bus in a standing or sitting position.This is a powerful tecnique you can practice anywhere because it can be done in 1 or 2 minutes and then you can go back to your work or responsabilities.

With compassion,

5 Reasons Why You Should Cultivate Compassion

Yesterday at my work I had a strange reaction from a colleague. He was having some anger behaviors which I didn’t understand. So I thought to myself I have 2 options here. To respond with the same energy or hold that person on is greatness with all the compassion I could give to him.

I must confess that it was very difficult to manage the emotions that were arising within me. I was feeling hurt. There were moments that I was even doubting about myself, thinking things like: “Probably I did something wrong here”. As time passed I realized that it wasn’t about me and that I couldn’t take the responsibility for his way of being. It tooked me some hours to let go from that emotions but in the end I did managed it successfully.

So after this situation, I came with 5 reasons, why learning to be compassionate has helped me in my professional, social and family life.

1. It Makes You a Better Person

When you learn to be compassionate, you become an overall better person. You are upset a lot less and you experience happiness more frequently. Compassionate people generally are patient and kind because they respect others under any circumstance, holding them in their Greatness.

2. You Get Along With People Better

When you’ve learned to be compassionate, it’s a lot easier to throw away the hurt when someone is upset and yells at you, or if someone is being rude. You learn to forget about your hurt and focus your energy to comfort that other person and try to understand what is the real cause of that behavior.
Eventually, these people will apologize, realize that you’re a compassionate person, and become friendlier towards you.

3. You Become a Better Friend

When you are compassionate, you can understand the type of suffering your friend goes through, and you’ll know exactly how to make them feel better (your brain will be trained to think – what would make ME feel better if I were in his shoes) and you will be able to say and do the right things to help your friend when they are hurt.

4. You Become a Better Boyfriend/Girlfriend/Father or Mother

Most, if not all, fights come from when two people go through a miscommunication. But if you are compassionate, you can understand where that person is coming from, and you can tend to their needs, and end the fight faster.

5. Gain Better Control of Your Emotions

When you’re more compassionate, you become more in control of your emotions. When someone hurts your feelings, you have the gift to understand why they said that, or why they didn’t do that, and you can readily forgive someone for it.
By readily forgiving someone, you become less angry, and you become more in peace with yourself. This helps you keep full control of your emotions, and prevents you from blowing up at others, or feeling bored all the time.