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Still at the Office

Laura Sage, former hedge fund executive and cofounder of the meditation studio Chill, on finding peace in a corporate setting

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Still at the Office

Zen on the Cheap …

Laura Sage, former hedge fund executive and cofounder of the meditation studio Chill, on finding peace in a corporate setting

Illustration by Jason Schneider

Why are you such an advocate for workplace meditation?

More people miss work because of anxiety, depression, and burnout than from a physical ailment like a cold or fever. A little stress is helpful and leads to productivity, but being 100 percent “on” all the time will lead to extinction. The more leaders can do to teach good mental health strategies, the more likely they are to have a well-functioning, productive, and happy team.

How does one meditate while on the clock?

People often feel like they need to identify the perfect, quiet location and spend a lot of time sitting in silence. But just three explicit and deep breaths can make a big difference in the midst of a stressful day. Or imagine a ray of pick-your-color light flowing through your body, starting in your feet, moving up your ankles, calves, thighs, and slowly continuing through your entire body until it’s released from your skull. I use this while commuting to business meetings.

And if you don’t even have time for that?

Try rubbing your thumb and forefinger together. This can be done anywhere discreetly. It works every time.

Corporate sessions start at $500.
chillchicago.com

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