By the spring of 2015, a recent college graduate was struggling with his first “real” job. Stressed-out and unable to sleep, he took his mom’s advice and tried meditation. Sitting and breathing seemed simple enough, as was the meditation app he downloaded. Unfortunately, it came through his phone, and it wasn’t long before he gave in to his urge to check his messages. Even without the phone, he couldn’t find a quiet place. Roommates interrupted, the dog whined for a walk, and at work it was worse. Those four walls contained deadlines and tension he couldn’t escape, and he became frustrated as his mind raced uncontrollably. A visit to a meditation center was eye-opening. The room was wonderfully tranquil, but the drive there and the one hour sit just added to his stress level. He gave up.
Then one day a food truck rolled up, and he watched as excited employees stampeded out the door to get lunch. The air outside was refreshing, and everyone was talking and laughing. If only someone had a food truck that was a beautiful meditation room, he thought, and it could come to work and we could take a break, not to smoke or eat or scroll through our phones, but to meditate. That was in July.
In March 2016, Jake Leider launched MeditationWorks, the first and only mobile stress solutions company that he founded, produced and now runs. MeditationWorks provides effective ten-minute meditation sessions to stressed-out people everywhere in a beautifully appointed dedicated space, his rolling relaxation room. In this mobile unit, groups up to 15 can practice a brief, concentrated, and creative meditation session and be on their way in just 15 minutes.
Jake, along with MeditationWorks’ experienced and talented teacher, Justin Barnes, developed a progressive program that reduces stress, sharpens focus, and improves the health and overall culture of companies, schools and anywhere stressed-out people are. The mobile unit’s distraction-free interior allows participants to fully engage, while Justin’s eloquent guidance assures they are “doing it right.” One ten-minute session will lower blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormones, and reduce stress and tension. With repetition, MeditationWorks program will result in measurable improvements in stress levels, focus, sleep patterns, quality of life, and much, much more. Meditation is simply the most effective way to reduce stress, and there is no substitution for it. And finally there is a program that people will actually do.
MeditationWorks has provided meditation sessions to people age three to eighty-three and every age between. The progressive program is available in an eight-week introduction series as well as yearly contracts, and provides essential structure along with a weekly takeaway message, delivered eloquently by Justin in an inspiring way that only he can. MeditationWorks also offers a full educational support program, meant to compliment what participants accomplish in the mobile unit and delivered by a live guide who is always present to answer questions and assure that each participant gets the most out of every session. This is something online meditation programs and apps simply cannot do.
MeditationWorks has eliminated the barriers that make meditation “hard” to do, and delivers it in a creative, unique, and attainable way. Jake’s first employer is now one of his customers, along with several other companies in the Detroit Metro area. MeditationWorks also gives back, providing weekly meditation sessions free of charge to the officers and staff of the Detroit Police Department’s 3rd precinct. Mindful officers are safer officers, and MeditationWorks is devoted to introducing the therapeutic benefits of meditation to these brave, hard-working first responders.
Jake Leider is a 25 year-old graduate of Michigan State University, who loves sports, playing golf and hockey, the city of Detroit and his dog, Willow. Justin Barnes is a 37 year-old yoga and mindfulness teacher with over fifteen years of daily instruction and practice. He and wife Janelle are proud parents of 10-month old Gavin Garcia Barnes.