Two monks were sitting and meditating together. The first, snapping out of his inward focus, turns to the other and says, “Are you not thinking what I am not thinking?”
Meditation – what’s the big deal? You sit there, close your eyes and repeat “Om,” while trying not to fidget and think of your to-do list (which is five miles long by the way). While many people shrug it off as a new-age trend, meditation has been around for thousands of years, and the benefits are astounding and well-documented. If you don’t believe me, take it from top CEO’s around our country.
Is Meditation Good for Business?
Dalio — founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund — practices transcendental meditation. Panda Express Founder Andrew Cherng also meditates, and let’s not forget Def Jam founder Russell Simmons is an avid meditator.
I have a business mentor who owns the second largest office supply company in Australia, and one thing I learned from him is if you don’t have a handle on your emotions, it could end up costing you your relationships (business and personal), money and even your health. Meditation is one great way to get a handle on your emotions so they don’t run the show (or your finances).
There is good news for you interested in learning more about this age-old technique – there are several meditation spaces around Springfield, Mo. But before we go there, what exactly ARE some of the benefits of meditation? What can it really do for us?
Benefits of Meditation
- It lowers stress and hormones related to stress.
Research published in the journal Health Psychology shows that mindfulness meditation is associated with feeling less stressed, and it also supports us in feeling calm, centered and collected during unsettling times such as with the loss of a relative, starting a new job or moving to a new neighborhood or city. It also is linked with reducing the stress hormone cortisol within the body.
This is important because people often hit a plateau when they are battling the bulge and one reason could be due to cortisol.
- Mindfulness supports us in accepting how we are without punishing ourselves for our perceived mediocrity.
Have you ever watched a baby learn to walk? Let’s assume you have – they stand up, wobble and often fall down over and over before they master walking. I have never seen a parent yell at their baby, “Get up you moron! Why can’t you figure this out?” And yet, this is something many of us do to ourselves day in and day out. Not only does this self-criticism stop us from trying new things, but it puts a severe dent in our confidence and can have a massive effect on our results.
- It can increase your focus and support you in retaining more information.
In other words, meditation can support you in making better grades! Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, performed a study that found that college students who were trained in mindfulness performed better on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE.
- Meditation can improve your ability to sleep.
“People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress,” study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement (excerpt from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html).
- It can support in changing our attitude towards Life to a more neutral, positive or uplifting perspective.
Instead of judging things as good and bad we begin to see things as they are, without judgment. This supports us by being able to differentiate facts from opinions in situations and supports us in finding solutions to challenges quickly.
- It balances emotions, often leading to higher EQ (emotional intelligence) in people.
Sometimes when we are stressed it could be because we are focused and subscribing to thoughts that aren’t peaceful which can send us spiraling. Keeping these in balance support us in experiencing a greater sense of well-being, peace, and happiness.
In an article from Psychology today, Those who are successful in the workplace often have high EQ. In fact, just being aware of one’s emotional intelligence can be valuable to workplace performance. It’s no wonder so many CEO’s have turned to meditation – if you can’t stand the heat you can’t be in the fire!
- Many also find that alignment or being in the zone is much easier to achieve and sustain.
Have you ever been in a flow whereby, despite a million things happening around you, you find yourself moving through it with ease? Yeah, meditation can help you get into the zone a lot more frequently and easily. Maybe this is how all those CEOs do it.
Meditation Centers in Springfield, MO
Phone: (314) 534-8332
Wishing you all the best!