Meditation has taken a more prominent place in the business world as industry giants like Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic have introduced meditation and mindfulness practices into their employees’ work routines.
Of course, mindful meditation is not only a useful tool for employees, it’s also a viable way to help increase your creativity and focus as an entrepreneur—two things you definitely need to be successful.
Stephanie Denning, engagement manager at Strategy&, decided to incorporate meditation into her daily work routine. She says, “the benefits have been equally pronounced in my personal and professional lives.” She continues by explaining that those who write meditation off as “New Age hoo-ha” are missing out on powerful personal benefits.
To make the benefits of meditation a bit more tangible to the general public, the Harvard Business Review conducted a study wherein 129 participants were divided into three groups and assigned the task of coming up with business ideas that make use of drones.
Of the three groups, only one was taken through a 10-minute guided meditation before brainstorming. The results of the experiment were fascinating.
- 22% wider range of ideas
- 23% decrease in restlessness
- 17% decrease in nervousness
- 24% decrease in irritation
According to Elizabeth and Sukey Novogratz, authors of the book Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don’t, meditation has tangible effects on the brain:
“Meditation increases the cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which runs the memory as well as the ability to learn new things. It helps with long term memory, which aids you with everything from giving a presentation to closing a sale to remembering your boss’ husband’s birthday. This part of the brain is also where Alzheimer’s wreaks havoc, so a daily practice will do much more than assist you at the office.”
Clearly, meditation is a practice that should be incorporated into the workplace. The benefits speak for themselves. It’s important to note that there are many kinds of meditation, but the kind most prominent in business success is mindfulness meditation, which encourages a more active and controlled thought process during the meditation.
Daily meditative practices will likely continue to gain traction in workplaces across the globe. The only real decision left is when to get on board.