I often ask myself what really matters to me? What’s important for me today? 
In terms of self-management, this works on a daily basis as part of my own self-care strategy. 
In view of the global pandemic, it is easy to see that these feelings of “what if?” and negative thought patterns could increase. People are experiencing fear, anxiety, anger, loss, physical and psychological pain. But we can encourage our own thoughts to follow a more positive pattern and allow it to become creative, empathetic and filled with hope for the future. 

The benefits of meditation to individuals 

I find meditation a helpful way to reduce anxiety and increase inner calm; this helps me to feel energised and see new possibilities from calming thoughts - pictures in my mind’s eye of where I want to and need to be. There are lots of guided meditation resources online which I find useful and take me to a safe place away from negativity and feelings of helplessness. 
I find now more than ever before that meditation each morning is very helpful to me. 
As soon as I wake, I no longer listen to the news and avoid reading social media or emails. 
Instead, I now have a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon and start my day with 20 minutes guided visualisation. Sometimes I close my eyes and listen to a script, other times I create my own vision. This helps to quiet down my fears and negative thoughts; I know these are going to pass and by practising meditation I quieten down those unhelpful thoughts and dialogues that I often have with myself. 

The benefits of meditation to businesses 

As people are experiencing distress in the home or at work, facilitators and leaders have the opportunity to show compassion and empathy in very difficult times, an opportunity to show teams and organization the values you hold. 
A good starting point at the beginning of a meeting is to encourage your group to focus on their breath for one minute without interruption, and then go into a guided meditation for 10 minutes. This is effective both online and face to face. 
There are Apps and YouTube videos to help you through guided meditation. I particularly like The Honest Guys but there are so many out there, you can choose one to reflect your own preferences. 
I know that if I start my day with an awareness for possibilities and openness, it can feel releasing. 
This strategy also increases a person’s ability to reflect, listen and think better, which could be extended to our work and useful both virtually and face to face in future meetings by teams. 

Meditation in practice 

In crisis management, effective leaders need to be good at visualising and coming up with more creative options to tackle forthcoming change. A calm approach from leaders can foster a calm and more effective team. 
As others may be experiencing distress at home or at work, you have the opportunity to show compassion and empathy in very difficult times. It’s an opportunity to show our teams and organisations the values we hold, and for them to recognise us as a person and a leader. 
Encourage your teams to focus on their breath for one minute without interruption at the start of a meeting and go into a guided meditation for 10 minutes to create a calmer and more positive space for discussions. 
I remind myself on a regular basis that this will pass, and we will come out of this phase stronger and more resilient than before. Sometimes we are given lessons which test our strengths and make us value and appreciate what is important. 
Life is precious. Let’s look after it. 
Today is a mystery, tomorrow is a gift and that is why we call it a present. 
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