Before we talk about the benefits of meditation, let's address the difference between mindfulness and meditation:
They’re closely related but slightly different. Meditation can be explained as a way to clear the mind, let go, and achieve peace. Mindfulness is being presently and actively aware of feelings and actions in a mindset of "non-judgement."
There are many high-quality studies which show the benefits of a meditation or mindfulness practice. Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that eight weeks of meditation are just as effective as taking medication when treating depression, anxiety and pain.
The physical benefits include lower blood pressure, improvements in your mood, an enhanced immune system and even increased energy. If that is enough reason to dive in, the mental benefits of meditation have proven to increase emotional stability, creativity and happiness; enhanced intuition, and overall peace of daily life.
How can it be utilized in the workplace?
Increasingly, we see that meditation is being incorporated into corporate wellness programs along with other elements to promote a healthy, holistic and productive lifestyle.
Studies are finding that mindfulness can be beneficially associated with employee well-being in terms of emotional exhaustion, job satisfaction, and psychological need satisfaction. Positive effects also extend to job performance, as measured by task performance, organizational citizenship behaviors, and deviance.
These results suggest an important and critical role of mindfulness in the workplace.