Could meditation be helpful for team building? Phil Jackson, a renowned National Basketball Association (NBA) coach, sat for a conversation with Oprah Winfrey on the Super Soul Sunday television show. During their chat, he talked about using mindfulness and meditation in his coaching practices. Click here to check out the full interview. Elba Mueller, a meditation expert and life coach, seems to agree with Jackson’s idea of using mindfulness and meditation for team building purposes. She shared “five ways meditation can benefit businesses” in a blog post on the Chopra Center website.
1. Practicing meditation can provide “clarity and focus.” When team members possess these two qualities, they are in a better mental state to bond and to solve problems.
2. Companies that provide classes on mindfulness and meditation can promote feelings of “employee loyalty.” Loyalty can form the building blocks for building a happy and unified team.
3. In a group setting, communication is key. A team member who knows how to be mindful and thoughtful will be better equipped to communicate their ideas and galvanize a group to work towards realizing those visions.
4. Meditation can be helpful towards one’s overall state of well-being and health. Team members who experience less sickness will have more time to commit to getting things done at the office.
5. When one is enjoying good health, they may also feel more energetic and productive. That energy could be very useful in strengthening team bonds and making contributions towards team goals.