Regardless of your religious or spiritual orientation, it seems that the practice of meditation has managed to transcend those religious and cultural boundaries, becoming widely practiced in even the most mainstream companies.
Shaman Jonathan Hartman can lead guided meditations for your staff or offers training to ensure you can roll out an ongoing meditation program within your work environment.
How can meditation benefit your business?
According to The Harvard Business School and Europe's leading business school, INSEAD, their research has shown that the two most effective tools for 21st-century executives are meditation and intuition.
Used effectively, meditation can help executives and employees to:
- Possess a clear vision of their goals
- Be inspired and innovative in their approach to product and service delivery
- Be effective leaders who can guide individuals towards success
- Be better team players, making the whole company more effective in the marketplace
In addition, regular meditation practice has been proven to increased clarity and focus, increased employee loyalty, improved communication, increased productivity and decreased staff turnover and absenteeism.
On the scientific level, heart-based and other meditative practices performed at the group have been shown to cause entrainment, which is a synchronized heartbeat amongst all the participants.
When this entrainment takes place, people automatically feel more strongly connected and bonded to the people that they've shared this experience with, and as this happens as a result of the magnetic surges that occur from the heart center, the magnetic energy should remain in the office during the day, getting progressively over time and with each subsequent additional meditation and entrainment.
Logically, as your staff feel more connected and bonded to each other, the sense of peace, balance and harmony will flow naturally in your environment, followed quickly by dramatic increases in productivity, innovation, communication and ideas.
Meditation in international corporate practice
Far from being a woo-woo and out-there, whacky spiritual idea, meditation as a daily at-work practice for employees takes place at many of the most respected international corporates in the world.
Employees at this tech giant are allowed a 30-minute meditation break daily, with access to on-site meditation and yoga classes, as well as a fully-equipped meditation room.
Known for introducing pioneering ideas into the workplace, Google has introduced a program called "Search Inside Yourself," which has helped over 500 employees learn how to breathe mindfully, listen to their coworkers and improve their emotional intelligence.
Google also offers meditation space and courses to it's employees, understanding that meditation not only improves employee physical, mental and emotional health, but also adds improvements to its bottom-line profits.
Employees at Nike have unfettered access to relaxation rooms which they can use to nap, meditate or pray. On-site yoga and meditation classes also take place in these rooms, and employees are able to access them freely.
Other respected brands and companies that practice meditation
- Prentice Hall Publishing
- AOL Time Warner
- McKInsey & Co
- Deutsche Bank
- Procter & Gamble
In addition, many of our famous business leaders are all huge proponents of daily meditation practice, including Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington.