Mindful Meditation: it’s sweeping across the nation and has even been coined the new “brain training” methodology.
Could it be the missing piece to creating a successful business?
Could it be what will take your organization to the next level?
“The ability to arrive at a mind that is calm and clear on demand is very useful,” says Chade-Meng Tan, google’s “Jolly Good Fellow” and Head of Employee Personal Growth. Meng has been bringing mindfulness and meditation practices to Google since 2007, improving productivity markedly.
There are countless benefits to mindful meditation. We can nearly recite the list forwards and backwards by now: improved focus, better retention, better memory, insight, or bursts of creativity. While all of these can heighten an individuals’ performance (and thus enhance the overall business), there’s still one more benefit that might be most important of all.
Social and Emotional Intelligence.
“A business is only as good as it’s employees“, as that old adage goes. While a team could be composed of the brightest minds in the world, extraordinary results and magic only come from synergy between employees.
So how does mindfulness and meditation help with that?
By taking a few moments in each day to be silent and still, you can have a clearer and calmer view of perceiving the world. Your emotional and social responses to the world will modulate.
When you realize that your world is controlled by your own reactions and emotions, you can empathetize with others and see a situation from multiple angles.
In the end, you understand emotions, goals and motivations behind a fellow employee, and know how to best communicate with them. This communication will foster the type of synergy that can bring you business to the next level.
Additionally, this communication is what will create a workplace that’s filled with support, compassion and kindness.
And who wouldn’t want to work with that?
“Compassion and kindness aren’t expensive, but the yield is priceless,” says Meng.
And all it takes is just a few moments of mindful meditation per day?
I think this is something we can all get on board with 😉