Working for a Type A Boss can be a lot things….and fun ain’t one of them
In order to deal day in and day out with the Type A in the corner office, you need the inner strength of a Mindful Warrior. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time, even just five minutes each day can get you started on the path. One such practice is what I call seated awareness.
Tools for Coping with a Type A Boss: Clarity & Focus
Seated Awareness is how I like to refer to mindfulness meditation because that is essentially what it is. It’s nothing more than sitting in silence, breathing in and out, and not judging how your mind reacts.
The benefits to be gained by such a simple yet profound practice are many; from lowering blood pressure, and gaining insight into how your mind works, to decreasing the stress hormones that are dumped into your bloodstream every time your Type A boss issues a new edict.
The articles and resources below will help you understand more about meditation and mindfulness and help you get started toward establishing your own five-minute daily medication practice.
8 Ways Not to Think About Meditation
In Zen, meditation is about sitting, standing, or walking in total awareness. Steve Hagen, Lead teacher at the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, MN and author of the best book on meditation I’ve ever read, Meditation Now or Never, puts it this way:
“Meditation, and it’s Japanese translation ‘Zen,’ is the practice of awareness, openness, and direct experience of here and now.”
How to Silence Your Inner Drama Queen
Yes, you’re a drama queen. But don’t take it personally or even negatively. I’m also a drama queen. The truth is, we’re all drama queens in some respect.
Some of us just take it new levels of existence. We whine about the weather or about how our iPhone isn’t as fast as it used to be. We wonder about why the family next door really needs five cars when only two of the four are licensed drivers. And that dog that keeps barking at 2 a.m., what kind of owners must the poor thing belong to? Honestly…
You see, I can list a bunch of whiny examples just like that. I actually list it as a special skill on my resume.
Sitting Quietly, Simply Being
A Simple Tutorial. When I meditate, I first do some mild stretching to release any lingering tension in my calves, lower back, neck, upper back, shoulders, and thighs. This can take up to five minutes to accomplish.
I then sit in the Burmese position (I find that age 54, it’s easier on my knees), fold my hands to form an oval with the tips of my thumbs lightly touching and keep my back straight and head erect.
Sometimes I close my eyes but I find this makes wandering thoughts not only possible but an express train out of the present moment. The present moment is where I wish to be.
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