At Mobius, integrating inner work and outer work is a core part of our way of being. So much so that we named our organization after the concept! There are many ways this is practically brought into the day (and we remain open to grow further), with one important practice being a ‘minute of silence’ that we use to start most group meetings and calls.
Why do we do this?
For many reasons, each being a way to practice.
One, it allows us to ‘check in’ with ourselves on the state of our nervous system – making sure we are able to be in a creative thinking mind space rather than a ‘fight or flight’ one.
Two, it allows us to ‘land’ in the conversation to be had, recognizing that many of us are simply running from one meeting to the next, and don’t want to carry past discussions into the current space.
Three, it allows us to set an intention for the time we have together, which we consider to be sacred.
Four, it allows us to consciously practice gratitude for the people we are with, and to not forget that this time together is not only about ‘getting things done,’ but for hearts to be in connection.
Five, the practice allows us to get in touch with what’s happening with our bodies, so that we don’t spend our days disembodied.
How do we practice?
While we begin simply by being aware of our natural breath, we can then take our practice to the purpose we feel called to in that particular moment of silence.
What are the benefits of this practice?
Multi-fold. There are health benefits in many ways that have been studied for some time. There are also benefits to the organization in terms of productivity, efficiency, psychological safety, trust-building (especially when we add a ‘check-in’ for participants after the moment of silence), etc. Over time, deepening in mindfulness practice supports the creativity and capacity to transcend the systems of business that keep us ‘stuck’ in perpetuating the externalities that our current collective seems to be manifesting. We start asking new questions, and wake up to new ideas, while continuing to grow. The minute of silence is a sort of trimtab that invites these next stage possibilities.
What happens next?
Within the structure of a meeting, after our silence we dive into our discussion, hopefully with a little more compassion and awareness than before. Beyond the meeting, we take the core concept of mindfulness and apply it more broadly to our work – that includes ideas such as 21 day kindness/gratitude/mindfulness challenges, running business with an increasing spirit of gift, supporting team members to go on retreat, and engaging in curriculum and embodiment training to develop how we can live more compassionately and joyfully. If you have interest in any of these experiments, we are happy to share.
Forbes on silent starts in business
New York Times on mindfulness as a mainstream business practice
Newsletter on mindfulness as a leveraged tool for workplace transformation
“Over time, that unconscious internal noise starts polluting our motivations, our ethics and our spirit. And so, it is critical to still the mind. A melody, after all, can only be created with the silence in between the notes.”
— Nipun Mehta
“A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.”
— Nisargadatta Maharaj