What are the top benefits in your opinion?
- More positive energy
- Letting go of stress or negative thoughts and finding encouragement
- Tap into a creative flow
- Gain confidence and feel more empowered
- Better connection and communication with people
- Better focus
- Finding ways to solve particular problems
- More compassion, self love, and self care
- Becoming more flexible in the moment, and spontaneous
- Being more present – which also translates to your body!
What does it do for your mind and body?
It calms your mind from a lot of distractions that we are being bombarded with throughout the day. By taming the mind you’re actually able to take better care of your body and be more nurturing and kinder to it. But there is also a physical aspect to meditation; when you meditate it alters your brain – which is part of your body, right? It is actually scientifically proven that you can gain more mass in parts of your brain that make you empathetic, more kind and connected to people and yourself. So it allows you to grow your brain in positive ways, it’s amazing.
And then for your skin – that’s something that for me is actually fascinating to see. The inner state reflects on your face. When you're less worried and more joyful, it shows. It takes more muscles and effort to frown than to smile, meaning that a smile is a more natural, relaxed state. Meditation is a way of allowing you to return to that natural state, and your skin reflects that. It's fascinating to see the actual changes to people's faces, almost as if there are less concern or worry lines – it’s kind of like a face lift!
Have you noticed a growing interest in meditation?
There’s been a massive wave in the world as meditation has become very trendy and everyone has realized the need. There’s so much stress and burnout. Despite the growing interest there is however still a lot of resistance towards it because people perceive meditation as difficult. And that’s why we created Flow, to make it easier.
How does meditation for employees benefit companies?
Meditation can help people sleep better, get a more positive mindset, allowing them to achieve their goals, to be more productive, feel more wellbeing, and more energized. Giving employees the space and the tools to meditate consequently benefits companies as well, resulting in less sick days and more productivity. That’s just proven. When companies empower their employees to have access to mental wellness through certain tools you see a massive benefit. Supporting meditation at work is a wonderful way to prevent burnout and boost mental wellbeing. It shows the employees that there is willingness, care, and concern and that there are tools being offered to achieve mental wellbeing. This is something that’s becoming more important to the next generation, which is more aware of the impact of modern-day stress and dystopia. Gen Z will probably demand this at work.