If you run a lot of workshops or facilitate group work, you probably have times when you are inviting people to work in small groups for short periods of time. Â You might want people to reflect on a question for a couple of minutes, or work in small groups for a half an hour or even just take 30 seconds to write an insight. Â Some people like to time this stuff out, pull out a stop watch and count the seconds, but there is a 2 for 1 technique you can use that gets the job done and sneaks in a few moments of meditation and mindfulness.
Your mileage may vary but it turns out that for me, a full in breath and out breath lasts about six seconds. Â So now instead of timing things with a stop watch, i just sit and breathe. Â Ten breaths equals a minute. Â When I give a thirty second warning, I just take five breaths and call the group back. Â Counting breaths is a well known meditation technique which focuses the mind, stills the thoughts and promotes mindfulness. Â And if you are anything like me, that is a welcome practice in hosting strategic conversations and learning. Â It’s good for you, and as a host, good for the group.