Everything you need to know about meditation, what we do, and how it works! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q. What is the difference between mindfulness training and meditation?
“Mindfulness” means living in the present moment, observing life calmly and responding
thoughtfully. “Meditation” is the ancient practice of thoughtless awareness. It involves
utilizing breath and quiet focus to achieve more clarity.
Mindfulness training is a modern version of meditation that reduces stress and sharpens
focus. It does this by changing the way the brain responds to thoughts and sensations. Our
brains can be trained to manage stress in a healthier manner, and mindfulness training is
the best tool for the job.
There are many ways to train mindfully: apps, online programs, in-house sessions, even on
your own. MeditationWorks delivers quick, effective mindfulness training in a distraction free
environment to your door.
Q. What are MeditationWorks mindfulness training sessions like?
Our mindfulness training sessions are 10 minutes long. You will be led to focus on your
breath while allowing thoughts and sensations to pass without judging or reacting to them.
By doing this, you train your brain to respond to stress and daily challenges in a more
effective way. And best of all, you are back to work in 15 minutes!
You can select your preferred session via our MeditationWorks app and change it
depending on availability up until they begin. You can even choose to receive a reminder.
Come as you are to our MindWorks mobile studio, parked conveniently at your company or
school’s door, and take a seat.
Q. What is your mobile studio like and why is it necessary?
Regardless of how hard we try to resist, there are too many distractions at work and home
making mindfulness difficult. A washing machine full of clothes, Facebook feeds to scroll,
emails to answer, the dog begging for a walk. We’re inundated by triggers saying, “Do this.
Then go do that.” With MeditationWorks you can practice distraction free.
Our mobile unit is the ultimate dedicated mindfulness space. Every detail of the sleek
and stylish interior was designed exclusively to promote relaxation and help you focus.
Once inside, you can sit comfortably, free of electronic devices and interruptions, and fully
engage in mindfulness practice.
Q. What benefits will I achieve?
• Reduce stress levels
• Improve focus and cognitive abilities
• Make fewer mistakes
• Control emotions
• Lower blood pressure
• Lower heart rate
• Reduce and even prevent disease
• Sleep better
• Worry less
• Boost immune system
• Build willpower
• Improve creativity
• Cultivate better relationship and communication skills
Learn more about the science and benefits behind meditation HERE.
Q. How will I achieve the benefits of meditation?
Remember a time you were stressed out and were told to take a deep breath?
That one deep breath automatically triggers the human relaxation response.
It does this by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, while decreasing stress
hormones and their harmful effects. We give you 100 of those breaths
By focusing on your breath (the task at hand during our sessions) you “exercise” areas of
the brain that allow you to focus on the task at hand at work. This helps you complete tasks
more efficiently with less distraction and stress.
Your brain literally changes shape. It increases density in the frontal lobe (decision making, focus, etc) while decreasing density in the amygdala (fear, reaction, etc,) allowing you to
stay present and aware of what’s going on around you. The frontal lobe also generates
compassion and acceptance, improving your ability to relate to others. You’ll sleep sounder,
eat healthier, and have more energy. Mindfulness cannot change the stressful world we live
in, but it will change the way you see and respond to it.
Q. How do you know this is going to help us?
One word: Science! Multiple studies from Yale, Harvard, UCLA, Stanford and more have
proven the benefits. Mindfulness training is a viable and beneficial (and basically the best)
stress management tool! And since mindfulness is an ongoing practice, MeditationWorks
developed a program that fits easily into your work/daily schedule.
Q. Who is your teacher and what makes him great?
Justin Barnes, co-founder of Blue Yoga in Birmingham, MI, has been practicing and teaching mindfulness based yoga for over 15 years. His dedicated, creative and authentic style attracts thousands
of students year after year.
Justin developed MeditationWorks’ mindfulness training program into unique 10-minute
sessions, proven the ideal duration for attainability and effectiveness. His calm, engaging
approach reduces stress and sharpens focus in a concentrated and convenient manner.
The session’s core provides simple structure that is crucial to success, but what’s really
special is the take-away message at the end of each session. They change weekly, ranging
from “random acts of kindness” to “the power of one deep breath” and everything in
between. Having a new message every week will keep you coming back!
Q. Why don’t I just practice mindfulness on my own?
Practicing mindfulness requires sitting, breathing, and observing thoughts and sensations
without reaction. It seems simple, but the demands of modern life make it difficult to do.
Text messages, email notifications, and calls disrupt concentration. Add that to the file
waiting on your desk, or the dog begging for a walk, or the memory of a stressful event in
the very room you’re trying to meditate in. It’s nearly impossible to find some peace. Most
people struggle with technique, distracted by constant and often irresistible temptations
around them, as well as feeling unsure they are “doing it right.”
MeditationWorks provides creative expert instruction in a calm dedicated space where
people can practice together. Meditating alone is isolating, while practicing in a group
provides invaluable support and emotional connection. And after a few minutes in our
mobile unit, everyone will feel better.
Q. What skills do I need to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness training is a one size fits all stress reduction and focus-building tool. Anyone
who can sit and breathe can practice.
Q. How long do I have to participate to achieve benefits?
After just one session, your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease. You will feel more
relaxed and alert throughout the day. After just 8 weeks, MRI scans reveal increased activity
and density in the higher order areas of the brain and decreased activity and density in the
primitive areas. Stress and anxiety reduces, and people feel happier and healthier. With
repetition, thoughtful reactions to stress and challenges become permanent, providing
noticeable improvements in overall health and wellness.
Q. What if I don’t have time to come to my session?
The brief break you take in a MeditationWorks training session will have a positive effect on
how you use the rest of the time in your day. Think of it as a break you are already taking.
But it’s a better break!
Q. Why can’t I bring my phone with me?
Cell phones, even when turned off, are extremely distracting. A new study revealed they
are as addictive as cigarettes and alcohol. You will find taking a brief break is actually a
relief. Says Dr. Bill Thorton, professor of social psychology: “Unless you’re an advisor to the
president and we have a national emergency, you can wait to get a text.”
Q. What if I can’t sit cross-legged?
Our mobile unit has comfortable bench style seating for all participants.
Q. What if I can’t sit still?
Reacting to our urges to move is all part of the practice. Each time you feel jumpy, simply
return your attention to your breath. It’s OK to shift or reposition, knowing that with practice,
your urges will diminish.
Q. What if I feel an itch?
Not scratching an itch is a great opportunity to train the brain to be less reactive. Observe
the sensation and take a deep breath. The itch will eventually fade and disappear. And if
you just have to scratch, no big deal. Another opportunity will arise soon!
Q. What if my mind races?
Humans have naturally wandering brains! Simply acknowledge the thought you are racing
to and gently return your attention back to the breath. This may happen many, many times
during our training. Each time you return to the breath, you strengthen your ability to
respond in a more thoughtful manner.
Q. What if I hear noise outside the mobile studio?
Roaring engines, sirens, and loud-talkers walking by provide excellent opportunities to train
mindfully. Each “acknowledge that sound and return to my breath” moment is like a bicep
curl for your brain, strengthening your ability to simply observe your world thoughtfully with
less stress and reaction.
Q. What if I don’t want to “om”?
There is no chanting, or sound making of any kind required.
Q. What if it’s snowing or raining?
MeditationWorks’ mobile studio is heated and cooled and will always be set to the optimal
temperature. We will shovel any snow, meet with you with umbrellas, and provide a cozy
blanket in inclement weather.
Q. Won’t this put me to sleep?
No! In fact, it does opposite. You will return to work refreshed and invigorated! Mindfulness
has been scientifically proven to make you feel more alert and aware than a 20-minute nap… Seriously!
Q. I count my distractions and thoughts during meditation. Is that ok?
Sometimes we find tasks to do during meditation, which is the habit our brains are so accustomed to doing. Counting thoughts has the potential to become another task or distraction. Our meditation is a wonderful opportunity to do nothing! Notice yourself “doing” anything, including quantifying anything, and return focus on the breath.
Q. Should I be supplementing my MeditationWorks meditation at home?
Meditation is more about consistency than anything else. Our program provides you with enough meditation to form a solid practice, 10 or 20 minutes a week, and that essential consistency to achieve results.
We accomplish more when we focus on incremental changes instead of huge ones. We provide you with strategies to use while not in the mobile unit. if you can catch a few extra minutes of meditation on your own, that’s great, but it’s not necessary. And if you want more information message us and we will send you some.
Q. My road rage is worse since I started meditating. What’s going on?
Meditation practice often allows us to become aware of thoughts/behaviors/actions that were previously unconscious, automatic or habitual. This awareness is the first step to real change and freedom from them.
Notice the behavior “Wow, I’m getting pissed about this traffic.” Employ a strategy (body scan, breath focus or paying attention to the present moment) to elicit relaxation instead of reaction.