Getting the dirt on meditation
Business meetings are taking on a whole new meaning in Wellington, with a rise in ‘‘corporate’’ meditation packing out classes in the central city.
Neil Meekin, a long-time meditator, says taking the time to ‘‘quieten the mind’’ is beneficial to his work as an innovation manager.
‘‘If you can imagine your day, there’s so much stimulation. I know for me there’s just so much going on,’’ he says.
‘‘There’s a metaphor: It’s like getting a big bowl of water and putting loads of dirt into it, so it’s all really cloudy and you can’t see through. But when you come into meditation for half an hour in the day time, it allows the dirt to settle so you’re getting real clarity.’’
The clarity helps him be more creative and switched on.
‘‘Even though you’re becoming really relaxed, it doesn’t sacrifice productivity ... it’s actually the opposite: you’re relaxed, but you’re actually so much more productive.’’
Yoga studio Power Living Wellington began half-hour lunchtime meditation classes three months ago. Co-owner Justine Hamill says class numbers have doubled in the past couple of weeks.
‘‘The beauty about it is you can come in and just sit in your work clothes and have that half an hour to just tune in, without all the social media, without all the demands, without all the ‘blah blah blah’.’’
Co-owner Jase Te Patu says meditation is something simple that people can do for themselves.
‘‘We’re just finding that just that idea of stopping in the middle of your day, especially if both ends of your day are hectic – it’s like hitting a reset button ...
Slow, deep breaths slow down a person’s autonomic nervous system which leaves them feeling more relaxed.
Meditators Neil Meekin, left, Justine Hamill and Jase Te Patu.