Post-pandemic businesses: from wellness to spirituality?

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For the psychologist and mindfulness instructor Martín Reynoso, it is necessary to implement practices that favor a more humanizing and comprehensive change.

My dear professor Sebastián Bertucelli always repeated it to us in the form of a question in the faculty when we wanted to implement a change strategy, both in a patient and in an organization: But do you want to change?

His question was not minor. We are convinced that change is a matter of spontaneous desire, of emerging enthusiasm, but reality tells us that no, that change hurts, is difficult, hard, and has to be sustained by deep motivation that, in addition, it is sustained in time. If not, there is no change, there are only behavioral trials.

And this pandemic hurts, questions, rethinks … go if it shakes our foundations, and those of the companies as well.

Companies have been including in recent decades the concept of “well-being” to produce changes that motivate their employees, but they have coined it from a base light, superflua (mostly), as the sum of practices “that do well”, which would be better assimilated to a concept like quality of life.

But today we know that doing healthy things doesn’t necessarily make us happy. There is something more than the simple enthusiasm or satisfaction with moving the body, doing something enjoyable or taking care of our weight. There is the meaning of our lives, why and what we work for, the importance of using our time and the values ​​that guide us. Then a new paradigm emerges: we are ready to take a step beyond what we called well-being and reach “spirituality”. Here there seems to be substance, meaning, direction. And companies are not so afraid to call her by her name. And maybe that’s what’s next.

“The pandemic accelerated everything, accelerated ongoing incipient processes,” says Pablo Cavallieri, CEO of Fixplace. “I feel this process as a two-engine plane, every plane must have them to sustain itself: on the one hand there is a short-term engine and on the other a long-term one. The first refers to how to continue now, how not to crash and stay in the air, while the second has to do with innovations, with long-term changes that all companies are going to have to make. Basically, companies are going to have to bring happiness to the employee. People will be able to choose in the future (at least on a general level) where to do it according to the environment of happiness that companies provide them. Spirituality enters there too. Businesses are going to start considering spirituality more in the future. And that’s why mindfulness is going to be a key tool too. “

For Ariel Rossi, coach, trainer, university teacher with a lot of experience in companies, there is an incipient change that he captured from the academic spaces. “I noticed that the students needed to feel heard, contained, that they needed to be asked from a different, more humane place. Mostly this dimension was not repaired at the university level, nobody cared what was behind the student, but the confusion, the complexity and uniqueness of each one cries out for that change today. I dared to go to that place and open the space as a teacher, it was revealing and liberating too, “he says.

“Something similar happens with companies. There is another place that employees demand, because the leader-collaborator relationship never changed in terms of trust, well-being and delegation. We are in a tsunami of everything, everything mixed up, and it is time that leaders take center stage and real initiative with the theme of a genuine emotional well-being“.

Bringing religion to business? Clearly not. We are not talking about that, we are suggesting the need to implement practices that allow us to access a dimension of values ​​that is currently not easy to find in companies.

From our humble understanding, mindfulness can be such a practice. Arisen in an Eastern Buddhist context, it has been adapted in the West 40 years ago and the protocols are aimed at an awakening of consciousness that it goes beyond feeling relaxed or happy. It conveys an understanding and kindness that can lead to creativity, healthier connections, collaboration and well-being in the company.

Train Your Brain Argentina, the space that I lead, has accompanied several companies in the cultivation of mindfulness and well-being for several months.

During short sessions of 15 to 30 minutes, daily or a few times a week, we touch on key topics that are part of the protocolized mindfulness programs, such as the meaning of mindfulness, brain distortions (automatism, mind wandering), inattentive perception versus consciousness, management of stress and emotions and many other topics.

The interesting thing is that we are accompanying this psychoeducational aspect with concrete practices (which are then moved to audios) that allow us to “embody” mindfulness in our lives and, furthermore, we invite them to recognize and cultivate universal values, such as awareness of interconnectedness, kindness, and transformative acceptance. In this sense, many start in their company and then follow, personally, a search for other spaces or organizations.

There is no doubt that a door that seemed heavier and more rigid just a few months ago is opening with acceleration: that of well-being, emotional balance, focusing in times of crisis and pain, but especially in the search for meaning, spirituality. . And that can modify management and execution processes root work.

A few days ago a person from human resources sent me an urgent message: “I want to know more about the concept of loving kindness, lovingkindness, it’s very interesting “he declared. In his search is the seed of a more humanizing and comprehensive change for the companies. The cultivation of true happiness.

*Martin Reynoso is a psychologist, director of Train Your Brain Argentina and author of “Mindfulness, scientific meditation”.

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