So I went in — and found an ingeniously designed experience.
(What I later found out, is that once I pressed that button, a light also came on in a panel on the wall just outside the meditation room. Which allows people coming into the space to quickly check whether the four pods are full via shining lights. Thus reducing distractions by having people walk in and out when there isn't space. Which is quite frankly, brilliant. Anyway, I digress...)
I sank into the cushion, closed my eyes, and for the next 10 minutes, hung there in the silence. I focused on the sensation of the breath as it entered and left the nostrils. And gradually my mind—as all minds do when they’re allowed to settle on one object—became calm and spacious.
Ten minutes later, the light went out (a miraculously gentle way to end a meditation session). I got up, pulled my shoes back on, and briskly walked back to my workspace feeling deeply recharged. In the same amount of time it would have taken to get a coffee. What a great workplace resource!
In the coming weeks, my plan is to hunt down the team that designed this room. And try to interview them, to find out how they came to such a compelling and smart design. Have you ever come across a meditation room at work? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.