An article in the July 8, 2012 USA Today reminded us about meditation’s relationship to yawning. We’re not kidding. We’re not being disrespectful. There is a relationship between meditation and yawning as mental tools to enhance mental alertness and ability to concentrate.
First we want to address Bruzzese’s article which reminds us that the positive effects of meditation at work reinforces the efficacy of meditation as a productivity tool. Her article drives home the point that meditation can keep us more focused at work, as well as reduce the amount of stress we feel. We want to point out that meditation also gets us in touch with the core of our being.
Although it may sound a little Zen, meditation is simply getting in touch with what neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and Eugene D’Aquili call our “deeper self.” He says, “Mystical reality holds, and the neurology does not contradict it, that beneath the mind’s perception of thoughts, memories, emotions, and beneath the subjective awareness we think of as the self, there is a deeper Self, a state of pure awareness that sees beyond the limits of subject and object.”
It is that “deeper self,” whether we call it the Christ Self, Buddha self, Krishna self, Cosmic self, or the One which expresses Itself as the many, that helps us handle the stresses at work and have the wherewithal to manage our work responsibilities with speed, ease, comfort, and joy.
Meditation has long been known as one of the chief spiritual practices that helps reduce feelings of anxiety, lessen depression, boost self-esteem, improve work productivity, enhance work relationships, and create a more positive outlook despite the rigors associated with most work environments.
Now we want to add two rather interesting things about meditation’s relationship to yawning.
- Intentional yawning relaxes us and brings us into a state of mental alertness and readiness just like meditation.
- Yawning, like meditation, evokes neural activity in the brain in the areas of sociability and empathy, two skills that are central to workplace harmony and camaraderie.
There’s one more benefit from practiced yawning – it helps ward off the effects of jet lag. Business travelers can yawn their way to and from business destinations much like congregants yawn their way through Sunday sermons.
If you’ve yawned your way through this article – good! It means you are alert and relaxed by now.
Let us know what your favorite meditation techniques are.
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