Fermarsi e meditare non è spreco

29 ottobre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Vi fermate mai ogni tanto?

vi permettete di pensare e riflettere?

per esperienza personale, fermarsi aiuta molto soprattutto se questo esercizio viene ripetuto con constanza nel tempo (tutti i giorni,settimane, mesi), in quanto aiuta ad avere una visione più lucida e ampia degli eventi acccaduti e che devo accadere, anticipando spesso le mosse.

Ricordatevi sempre di tenere in considerazione cosa porta valore e cosa no

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

by Peter Bregman

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.

People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It’s hard to justify.

Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.

How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges.

Research shows that an ability to resist urges will improve your relationships, increase your dependability, and raise your performance. If you can resist your urges, you can make better, more thoughtful decisions. You can be more intentional about what you say and how you say it. You can think about the outcome of your actions before following through on them.

Our ability to resist an impulse determines our success in learning a new behavior or changing an old habit. It’s probably the single most important skill for our growth and development.

As it turns out, that’s one of the things meditation teaches us. It’s also one of the hardest to learn.

When I sat down to meditate this morning, relaxing a little more with each out-breath, I was successful in letting all my concerns drift away. My mind was truly empty of everything that had concerned it before I sat. Everything except the flow of my breath. My body felt blissful and I was at peace.

For about four seconds.

Within a breath or two of emptying my mind, thoughts came flooding in — nature abhors a vacuum. I felt an itch on my face and wanted to scratch it. A great title for my next book popped into my head and I wanted to write it down before I forgot it. I thought of at least four phone calls I wanted to make and one difficult conversation I was going to have later that day. I became anxious, knowing I only had a few hours of writing time. What was I doing just sitting here? I wanted to open my eyes and look at how much time was left on my countdown timer. I heard my kids fighting in the other room and wanted to intervene.

Here’s the key though: I wanted to do all those things, but I didn’t do them. Instead, every time I had one of those thoughts, I brought my attention back to my breath.

Sometimes, not following through on something you want to do is a problem, like not writing that proposal you’ve been procrastinating on or not having that difficult conversation you’ve been avoiding.

But other times, the problem is that you do follow through on something you don’t want to do. Like speaking instead of listening or playing politics instead of rising above them.

Meditation teaches us to resist the urge of that counterproductive follow through.

And while I’ve often noted that it’s easier and more reliable to create an environment that supports your goals than it is to depend on willpower, sometimes, we do need to rely on plain, old-fashioned, self-control.

For example, when an employee makes a mistake and you want to yell at him even though you know that it’s better — for him and for the morale of the group — to ask some questions and discuss it gently and rationally. Or when you want to blurt something out in a meeting but know you’d be better off listening. Or when you want to buy or sell a stock based on your emotions when the fundamentals and your research suggest a different action. Or when you want to check email every three minutes instead of focusing on the task at hand.

Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle. Your urges won’t disappear, but you will be better equipped to manage them. And you will have experience that proves to you that the urge is only a suggestion. You are in control.

Does that mean you never follow an urge? Of course not. Urges hold useful information. If you’re hungry, it may be a good indication that you need to eat. But it also may be an indication that you’re bored or struggling with a difficult piece of work. Meditation gives you practice having power over your urges so you can make intentional choices about which to follow and which to let pass.

So how do you do it? If you’re just starting, keep it very simple.

Sit with your back straight enough that your breathing is comfortable — on a chair or a cushion on the floor — and set a timer for however many minutes you want to meditate. Once you start the timer, close your eyes, relax, and don’t move except to breathe, until the timer goes off. Focus on your breath going in and out. Every time you have a thought or an urge, notice it and bring yourself back to your breath.

That’s it. Simple but challenging. Try it — today — for five minutes. And then try it again tomorrow.

This morning, after my meditation, I went to my home office to start writing. A few minutes later, Sophia, my seven-year-old, came in and told me the kitchen was flooded. Apparently Daniel, my five-year-old, filled a glass of water and neglected to turn off the tap. Oops.

In that moment, I wanted to scream at both Daniel and Sophia. But my practice countered that urge. I took a breath.

Then, together, we went into action mode. We got every towel in the house — and a couple of blankets — and mopped it all up, laughing the whole time. When we were done soaking up the water, we talked about what happened. Finally, we all walked together to our downstairs neighbors and took responsibility for the flood, apologized, and asked if we could help them clean up the mess.

After that, I had lost an hour of writing. If I was going to meet my deadline, I needed to be super-productive. So I ate a quick snack and then ignored every distracting urge I had for two hours — no email, no phone calls, no cute Youtube videos — until I finished my piece, which I did with 30 minutes to spare.

Who says meditation is a waste of time?


Stress e Lean tutti ne parlano ma nessuno lo affronta

22 Maggio 2011 § Lascia un commento

Prendendo spunto dall’enciclopedia più famosa del Web, WIKIPEDIA, vorrei far comprendere a coloro che non ne sono a conoscienza il signficato della parola STRESS, e successivamente esprime alcuni pensieri

“Il termine stress può avere diversi significati.

Voce inglese, che propriamente significa “sforzo, spinta”. Ha lo stesso etimo dell’italiano “strizzare”, e deriva, attraverso il francese antico, dal latinodistrictia“: rappresenta un cosiddetto prestito “di ritorno”, come “shock” e “sport“.
Etimologicamente sarebbe una stretta, una strizzata, un’angustia (o un’angoscia). Derivando dall’inglese distress, “stress” ne è la forma aferetica, così come sport deriva da diporto.

Nel 1440 stress è l’accento tonico di una parola, o l’enfasi nel pronunciarla; nel 1843 una tensione o pressione fisica, applicata su qualsiasi oggetto materiale, nel 1968 anche un sovraccarico di un organo o una pressione mentale; nel 1971 si registra anche una sindrome da adattamento” WIKIPEDIA

Oggi lo stress, sembra essere la malattia del secolo, qualsiasi cosa accada deriva dallo stress, indipendemente che sia lavorativo o derivante dalla vita personale.

Di fatto la tensione che riempie le nostre giornate sta creando diversi danni a più persone, da problemi allo stomaco ad addirittura esaurimenti nervosi fino a cadere in quelli che vengono definiti “attacchi di panico”;

Ora tocca a noi imparare a gestire questo accumulo di tensione, trasformando lo stress in energia positiva, non facendosi colpire direttamente ma piuttosto ascoltare i segnali deboli del nostro corpo, e , oppure per coloro a cui questa attività riesce difficile, trovare un modo per scaricare e svuotare testa e corpo da questo “male”.

Mi permetto di fare queste considerazioni, in quanto il nostro lavoro, implica un costante elevato livello di stress, dovuto dal fatto di dover portare tutti i giorni il nostro supporto al miglioramento continuo e devo dire, per esperienza ormai decennale, che un approccio errato al miglioramento continuo, o a quello che tutti conoscono “lean organization”, rischia di far decadere tutto ciò che di buono e stato creato, e non solo, il rischio maggiore è di “mandare fuori fase”(perdonate la metafora) coloro che ne sono coinvolti.

Il miglioramento deve essere gestito con testa e visione, accogliendo le richieste delle persone che lavorano direttamente nel Gemba, coinvolgerli nel miglioramento, e successivamente portarli verso quello che ritengo essere il passo più difficile: IL CAMBIAMENTO CULTURALE DELLA STRUTTURA (argomento che andremo a trattare in altri post)

Per concludere, ci tengo a sottolineare, riferendomi alla metodologia LEAN, che si tratta di una filosofia sostenuta da un metodo estremamente potente, ma non è detto che in ogni Azienda si possa applicare la stessa formula, al contrario ogni azienda deve comprendere le reali necessità e applicare solo ciò che ritiene necessario; Solamente così lo stress non potrà essere definito tale, ma inizieremo ad utilizzare la parola, ENERGIA POSITIVA

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