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A Healthy Work Place - Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 3:21 am

It's a simple concept, that when the environment is healthy, we grow. With so much of the world focusing outwardly, a simple and profound knowledge is often overlooked: that your primary environment, is not outside of yourself. It is in your state of mind... and that what you bring to the world, you bring from within. 

With so much research showing rising mental dysfunction and its effect on the health of the individual and the companies they work for, it is clearly costing, not just money, performance and productivity, but health and happiness. Until now there has been mainly avoidance of mental disorders, because of the lack of understanding of them - and a lack of confidence in seeking help, with a lot of the help based on a positive thinking approach, medication of symptoms, nutrition or new-age woo-woo. So, now that we know that investing in the mental health of yourself and your employees is actually profitable, how do we make sense of and solve mental health issues to create a healthy, happy and successful environment? 

Success comes from the Latin, "to go on well," and without the foundation of "well-being," particularly mental (to do with thoughts and emotions), how can this happen? In fact the opposite is true -  and the limitations in current business start with the limitations within the mind of each individual, either in a lack of awareness, or a mental block from stress. Currently, their are some alarming statistics on mental disorders, as well as loads of data indicating its burden on individuals and business. With this in mind, business leaders should feel good about investing in the mental health of themselves and their employees, not just because of legal or moral responsibility, but according to research by Price Waterhouse Coopers, for every dollar you spend on mental health, you can expect to get $2.30 of benefits in return. With the growing burden people are carrying within themselves, spilling into their performance, it's becoming obvious, you can't afford not to invest. So, how do we address this?

What we are talking about is something that is abstract and can't be measured by a world taught to measure, treat and intellectualise over the tangible, which ends up being the symptom? So much energy has gone into giving a disorder a name, collecting data and medicating symptoms, but what if we could find a way to understand and clear the underlying dysfunction? We need a clear perspective to understand the intangible, where the dysfunction is grounded - in our "feelings." For example, you don't think "depressed," or "anxious," you feel it. The same as you don't think balance or health, or awareness itself, you feel it. You cannot solve feeling problems with thinking, the same as you can't solve them with nutrition, or even medication, you're only touching the chemistry (second point of the dysfunction), which might temporarily balance the chemistry, but can very rarely solve it altogether. In a world stuck in "thinking," part of the answer is to understand the nature of feeling, how negativity manifests within us and how to detach from these mental disorders and return to normal function. First of all, lets understand what it is and how an understanding of a phenomenon known as the Kelee and Kelee Meditation (KM), may help. 

Mental dysfunction is the emotional weight that people carry inside and the Kelee (vessel for our soul) is where that weight is "Bottled" when you 'take negativity to heart.' It is all to do with stress (which happens when you don't feel equipped to handle an experience) and the stress compartmentalizes within the Kelee, forming emotional buttons and triggers that can govern behaviour in a negative way. Think fear, depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, confusion, fatigue, lack of motivation, fragmented thoughts, brain chatter, inability to focus... If you are consumed by a compartment that has a feeling in it such as the above mentioned, your actions are out of control and your performance and health compromised. If you lack the self control and take your issues to an outward environment, you have just effected that as well.

The basic principles of the Kelee clearly define the difference between brain function, mind function and dysfunction - and show a way, via KM (a 5-minute practice based on stillness of mind) to detach from negativity within and gain a clearer perception of life. As you calm through brain function which can run without awareness (which is how we form bad habits and create mental walls to protect ourselves), you can enter into mind function associated with our spirit, where perception is experienced as a conscious feeling, not a thinking. I.e., we think what we don't know and we feel what we do. This is awareness and if it directs your behaviour, you'll delete old bad habits and replace them with natural self-expression and function, thus tapping into your natural ability at the deepest and most stable level. In all my years of studying the mind and performance, nothing comes close to what KM can offer. 

In a world investing heavily in the next "wonder pill" that will fix these problems (by the way, how are we going with that considering how many resources have been poured into it?), the simple art of meditation and contemplation (looking within) is often over-looked for a couple of reasons. 1. It's free and since nobody can really profit off it, it doesn't attract the attention of big profiteering companies that have a big influence on media. 2. Not everyone is willing to look within and face their own fears. If you are willing to look within, you will need a way. The answer is a lot closer than you think and as many masters have said for many moons, your answers are within. You just need a way to look, which is what KM offers. 

A lot of the other "meditation" techniques I see out there are second point practices that look outside of your mind and are more to do with brain function as your actively concentrating on something like breathing, colouring in, circling beads, mantras, visualisation... while these may calm the nervous system, it is a concentration exercise, a doing, not a meditation (which is more to do with 'being' and defined as an "awareness of nothing" or "to be at one". This is quite literally detachment. As you detach, you shut off the energy supply to your dysfunction and can begin processing the compartments as they feed on their own energy. If you focus your energy away from your own dysfunction, like the other techniques it creates a distraction only, and as soon as you finish the exercise, your compartments (emotional weight) are back on you, stealing time, energy and effecting your behaviour. Just think of how much time you can waste with unnecessary thinking, or how much energy anxiety or depression cost? If you are doing any of these practices, look within yourself and ask the questions, does it work? As a point of reference, a healthy mind is focused (undistracted), happy and open to the experience of life, unaffected by problems in the outside world, therefore is able to solve them easier. The conscious awareness from a healthy mind is aware of what it is doing while it is doing it, giving you a feeling of mental strength. If mental suffering is to end, it starts with detachment and a true understanding of the mind and dysfunction. There is nothing wrong with using medication in extreme cases, but ultimately, the best way to balance the chemistry of the body, is to balance the mind which runs it. 

If business leaders are to create a healthier work place, they need to recognise that the dysfunction isn't in things, it's in the people driving those things - and have a way to help, based in understanding the basic principles of the mind: which is what drives you at the deepest level. KM gives you a way to understand your own mind via these basic principles in a practice that takes about 10mins, twice a day. The by-product of KM is enlightened awareness and the detachment of internalised stress and fear, thus creating a healthier internal environment.

Remember, the primary work space is in your state of mind, if everyone had an aware and harmonious mind, the secondary workplace (office) would be harmonious and aware too. Not to mention the new level of clarity and awareness that would drive performance and productivity. Creating the right conditions (internal and external) for optimum awareness and performance growth is part of my work. If you would like to know more, feel free to contact me. Matt:)




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Daily Disciplines

Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.