Do you like your job?
Well it turns out a staggering 70% of employees either, hate or are completely disengaged from their jobs.
This Gallup poll also said that even alluring workplace perks like nap rooms, free lunches, and massages did nothing to improve engagement.
It makes sense. Perks don’t address how we connect with our jobs. They distract us from our jobs.
Flex-time––personal time––offered workers the highest sense of well-being with a 44% satisfaction rate!
People want personal time and me-space throughout their days.
Flexibility to create our own hours, work from home, or take time outs whenever needed, gives us perspective. We are given the freedom to decide if the job we are doing rocks our world or doesn’t.
When we decide that we are where we want to be in our lives we get busy living it!
Disengagement, on the other hand, is a symptom of being uninspired. More often than not, this disconnect is with ourselves; the job is secondary. This can happen when responsibilities override our genuine interest. Once lost in a state of restraint, we become oblivious to our own authority and hunger. What is blaring, is the needs of the job, not our interest in the job.
Tao te Ching states:
The Tao is called the Great Mother:
Empty yet inexhaustible,
It gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
You can “use it anyway you want,” if you are still engaged with it.
Here’s the thing… your relationship with your job changes task by task. The need for connecting with your inner-authority––your need for me-space––is a revolving door that is always in motion. To extend yourself beyond the restraint of responsibilities, with interest rather than obligation, engage inwardly as deeply as you engage outwardly––STRETCH!
The more work that piles up the less effective it is to pull job responsibilities onto your already full plate. This overflows your comfort zone and contracts your stance––you feel inundated. Rather, when inundated, expand your self toward your work instead of your full plate. This distinction is crucial!
Stretch your world, your job and yourself.
Give birth to interest.
How do we give ourselves me-space when work piles up?
Posture is a simple way to create me-space so you never get so disengaged from your personal wants that you’re lost. To deflect the habit of pulling work inward, address your biceps muscles. Rather than contracting them, like when folded into a computer screen or hauling heavy objects, relax them.
Relaxed biceps open you in the direction of your attention, as if inviting an exchange. This changes the direction of your attention from inward to outward.
When at the computer:
- Sit with forearms resting on each side of your computer with palms up.
- Relax your shoulder blades down through your bent elbows. This will open your chest and drop your shoulders.
- Feel how the biceps muscles, that pass through the inside fold of your elbows, are relaxed even though they’re still folded
- To type rotate your palms down without disturbing the elbows downward direction of weight.
- Feel how the biceps muscles relaxed state allows your chest to stay open to receive. You stop grasping for what you need and instead invite what you need in.
- If your elbows start to splay outward, notice how the biceps and chest start to grab and so does your attention. Self correct until your elbows learn a new habit.
When standing or walking:
- Stand with arms down at your sides; relax your shoulder blades down through arms.
- Rotate biceps and palms forward. This will open your chest and drop your shoulders.
- Feel the biceps muscles open toward what you’re facing.
- Walk with this rotation and feel how this outward attention opens you to receive what you pass by. A light exchange of energy happens with everything that’s alive.
Your body, mind and Spirit constantly need to integrate into its surroundings. If you’re too busy doing your job to be able to feel interested in it, release your biceps for a moment and breathe. You will be surprised how quickly you are inspired back into action.
To learn more about the BodyLogos technique, here’s a quick relaxation trick to Surrender Tension in 8-Minutes.