Meditation is an ancient practice which is now enjoying modern scientific verification. With this new acceptance of the benefits, organizations from professional sports teams to fortune 500 companies are adding meditation into their routine. How can your workplace benefit from meditation?
- Focus and Clarity
- Improved Communication
- Decreased Absenteeism Due to Illness
- Increased Productivity
- Addressing Problems Caused by Stress
- Increased Creativity
- Strengthens Memory
- Reduces Fear and Reactivity
What Are Business Leaders Saying About Meditation?
The main business case for meditation is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader, you will make better decisions and you will work better with other people.William George, Board Member, Goldman Sachs
I am very interested in keeping a clear head. So I enjoy meditation, which I’ve been doing for over a decade – probably to help relieve the stress I was going through when I was working at Oracle.Marc Benioff, co-founder and CEO of Salesforce.com
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see much more than you could before.Steve Jobs, Apple
What is the Science Behind Meditation?
Scientists have been interested in meditation for decades now, but the “woo woo” stigma held many back from organizing rigorous studies. That all changed once a few brave scientists risked their careers and began participating in dialogues with the Dalai Lama. These meetings led to research which sparked a mainstreaming of meditation, and now scientists all over the world are finding amazing results in their studies, from the effects on resilience to the way it can boost our immune system, and much more.
The Dalai Lama challenged me – he said, ‘Why can’t you use technological tools to study kindness and compassion?Richard J. Davidson, Director of the Center for Healthy Minds
Resources to Learn More
- 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
- Benefits of Meditation in the Workplace
- How Meditation Benefits The Working Brain
- 5 Successful Business Leaders That Have Used Meditation to Improve Productivity, Creativity, and Business Acumen
- What is Mindfulness?
- National Institute of Health – Meditation: In Depth