New York Times
“You can bring mindful awareness to all contexts, including being online.” — Bill Duane, a Google executive and meditation teacher who oversees the company’s well-being and performance learning programs.
If there's any one company pioneering stress management for employees, it's Google, unsurprisingly. But the company realizes the perks that come with working there, which are plentiful, are not enough to address the stress pandemic head on.
The company also has created a both virtual and in-person community called gPause to help support and encourage meditation practice.Given its pioneering status in the world of company perks, it should be no surprise that other companies will follow suit.
New York Times
“Business is a machine made out of people,” says Bill Duane, an engineer in rockabilly spectacles who works in site reliability, helping to ensure that Gmail works smoothly. “If you have people, you have problems. You can have friction between them or smoothness.”
Bill Duane, a pompadoured onetime engineer with a tattoo of a bikini-clad woman on his forearm, frames Neural Self-Hacking, an introductory meditation class he designed for Google. “Out in the world, a lot of this stuff is pitched to people in yoga pants,” he says. “But I wanted to speak to my people. I wanted to speak to me. I wanted to speak to the grumpy engineer who may be an atheist, who may be a rationalist.”
New York Times
How often do you impulsively reach for your phone? “It’s like a huge magnet draws your hand toward your pocket, as if spending 40 seconds with your own thoughts is impossible.” — Bill Duane, a Google executive who meditates.
If you are drawn to your phone, ask yourself:
Am I checking the phone for information I need?
To make a connection?
Out of boredom?
To escape the present moment?
If you don’t really need to check your phone, just leave it alone. Notice the urge to get online arise and eventually subside.
The Times of Israel
...here in Singapore, the organization tried its hand spreading this postmodern confluence of technology and spirituality to Asia. Duane laid out Google’s multifaceted efforts at optimizing employee well being, and as a result, productivity.
San Francisco Chronicle
Google launched the company’s “Search Inside Yourself” class in 2007, which was joined by two other classes and now GPause, a community that offers meditation sittings, mindful eating and retreats in a number of its offices, according to Roya Soleimani, a company spokeswoman.
Encourage and support community. Create systems for communication and information sharing. Google launched gPause, an internal online community where they share books, resources, retreats, and more. A few favorites that were sited were the apps Headspace and Insight Timer, and the bookWherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
More often than not, companies fall back on their fine-tuned “autopilot,” habitual ways of dealing with day-to-day issues. When asked for something new and creative, employees tend to tweak what has already been done.
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