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January 9, 2015
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It is often said that “teamwork makes the dream work.” One way to facilitate teamwork is to assess how well we contribute to the team we are a part of. When we take the time to mindfully reflect upon how we contribute to those we work with, we begin to develop a stronger sense how each individual action plays into the results achieved by the whole. This mindfulness exercise is one tool we can use to effectively explore mindfulness in the workplace.

The Benefits of Working as a Team

When we allow our actions to be guided by a yearning to support the whole, great things can be accomplished. All of a sudden, we naturally begin aligning our efforts in a way that is beneficial for all. Some of the benefits of working mindfully as a team (and of exploring mindfulness in the workplace) include:

  • Increased diversity of ideas
  • Improved openness and receptivity to others
  • Improved communication skills
  • Greater fluidity amongst departments
  • Increased clarity of collective goals

It is important to note that these benefits do not arise overnight. Even when we intellectually understand the benefits of working together, it takes time for us to fully adopt this more mindful way of relating and working. Patience is key to exploring this effectively. When challenges arise in the workplace, explore them with compassion and curiosity.

Mindfulness for the Workplace

There are numerous mindfulness exercises we can use to explore how to engage more mindfully in professional settings. Often, we consider mindfulness to be something that is primarily internal; in reality, mindfulness can be applied to every facet of our lives. 

Mindfulness for the workplace includes practices of compassionate communication, intention setting, navigating differences of opinions, and mindfulness of emotions. It also includes broadening our understanding of our connectedness as we come to realize that our individual success is intertwined with the success of the whole.

About the author 

Sean Fargo

Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]