Okay, so how do this work? The Harvard Business Review suggests these 4 key activities:
1) Punctuate meetings with five minutes of quiet time. If you’re able to close the office door, retreat to a park bench, or find another quiet hideaway, it’s possible to hit reset by engaging in a silent practice of meditation or reflection.
2) Take a silent afternoon in nature. You need not be a rugged outdoors type to ditch the phone and go for a simple two-or-three-hour jaunt in nature. In our own experience and those of many of our clients, immersion in nature can be the clearest option for improving creative thinking capacities. Henry David Thoreau went to the woods for a reason.
3) Go on a media fast. Turn off your email for several hours or even a full day, or try “fasting” from news and entertainment. While there may still be plenty of noise around—family, conversation, city sounds—you can enjoy real benefits by resting the parts of your mind associated with unending work obligations and tracking social media or current events.
4) Take the plunge and try a meditation retreat: Even a short retreat is arguably the most straightforward way to turn toward deeper listening and awaken intuition. The journalist Andrew Sullivan recently described his experience at a silent retreat as “the ultimate detox.” As he put it: “My breathing slowed. My brain settled…It was if my brain were moving away from the abstract and the distant toward the tangible and the near.”
At Embodyment we have developed the Embodyment Escape, a program to promote corporate wellness via employee appreciation at a luxury level. Embodyment Escape enlivens the senses, instills well being and promotes increased productivity by employing the same concept of quiet relaxation above. You provide a room, and we send our licensed therapists to your office for your employees to enter a silent space where they can completely relax and decompress while receiving thirty minute luxury manicures and chair massages. Call us for more details on how to bring Embodyment Escape to your office.