Working in the himalayas
Every day I see people working hard in congested cities, breathing bad air, and under a lot of stress. Sometimes I think, wouldn’t it be nice to have an office in the Himalayas? Sure, its hard to run a business from Dehradun, or Darjeeling, but what if employees could have a two week “Workation” where they could work, and then enjoy tours. It would be a nice breather to get out of their Software company in Bangalore, or their Mumbai call center.
Personally, I find it stressful to be in the same place too long. I need to move around. But, sometimes its fun to do your regular work, in a place that is not regular for you. Imagine being in a cabin in the woods with good internet connectivity, and you could work from there. You would have lunch in a completely different place and see different sites, feel a different feeling, and meet different people. Its very refreshing, and good for worker morale.
The vibe in different places
One thing to consider is that the vibrations in different parts of the world is very striking. I’m speaking of metaphysical vibrations that you sense, but don’t necessarily “feel”. Some places are lazy places, where you will feel lazy upon entering. Some are frenetic, where its hard to concentrate. Others have an adventurous energy, where you will want to hike in the wilderness. For working, its good to have a place where you can concentrate and have a lot of drive too. Sometimes, if you are in a downtown of a big city like Mumbai, Los Angeles, or Bangalore, you will feel driven to work all the time, because that energy is in the environment. But, what about the mountains?
Are the mountains good for work, or only for spirituality?
When people think of the Himalayas, they think of a mystical place where you might want to meditate, or go on a long hike with a sherpa and eat some Nepali mo-mo dumplings. Parts of the himalayas are considered the best places in the world to meditate because the atmosphere is so light metaphysically. Deeper meditations will be easier there. Since there is not much going on, there is no influx of work or stress vibrations in the mountains. No wars have been fought there, so there is no vibration of murder either. But, can people concentrate and get lots of work done in the mountains? The answer is that it depends on the mountains. I have been to many mountains and some of them have a good work energy, while others have a lazy energy.
The only way to assess is to spend a few days in a place and see how you feel. Do you feel like working or not?
Building an office
I think it would be wonderful to have companies building offices in the mountains. Employees could spend a month per year up there in shifts and enjoy clean air and a good environment while they did their software, accounting, legal outsourcing, or whatever other job they did. This would be expensive to build and transport people, so it would be for higher skilled staff members. I think that an office with beautiful views of trees, landscapes, and people who can bring you samosas and chai would be perfect. Dormatories could be walking distance from the offices, to allow more time to focus on work and other activities.
My only regret
I just hope that building offices in the mountains doesn’t disturb the metaphysical vibration of the place. Sometimes its better to enjoy a place for what it is without implanting your own “stress-trons”, or other non-physical forms of pollution. Garbage and chemical pollution are equally serious and detremental, so lets keep the world clean, especially the mountains. On the other hand, maybe offices in the mountains would build a harmony of productivity and the nurturing essense of nature.