Meditation may have become a lifestyle trend embraced by a vast multitude of populations around the globe however do you know that before it became a ubiquitous trend endorsed by celebrities and renowned figures, this was a sacred practice, a holistic recipe of success and evolution for monks, seers, rishis and sages of ancient Indian civilization. The mention of these practices in the scriptures and sacred texts of Indian culture, which are themselves prehistoric, is a testament to the primordial origins of meditation and related holistic processes.
Having realized the benefits accruing from these practices myself, I am not surprised that inner unfoldment was accorded such preeminence, special inclusion and emphasis back then. In fact, when I learnt these therapeutic modalities from my Master, an Enlightened sage himself, I came to conclude that irrespective of our age, sex, religion, nationality or background, we all ought to meditate every single day of our lives.
Whereas meditation can be understood as gaining access to the inner identity and honing that self, being mindful is defined as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.
Now coming to our topic of discussion for today. How is all this pertinent for executives, professionals, employees, workers, bosses et al?
To quote a research from Harvard Business Review, “Mindfulness training produces an improvement in three capacities that are key for successful leadership in our day and age: resilience, the capacity for collaboration, and the ability to lead in complex conditions”
These findings were a direct corollary of a study wherein 57 senior business professionals were registered in a mindfulness program including fortnightly workshops (three of which were in person and one of which was done remotely). Participants were studied as they learned how to translate mindfulness into their leadership practice.
The business leaders were paired in teams of two, and assigned homework as well as daily exercises during the workshops. The researchers measured their performance and the effect on aspects related to work and management.
Chief analysts of the study wrote: “The leaders in our study became less reactive and more responsive, which in turn affected many other skills, such as regulating their emotions, empathizing with others, focusing more readily on issues at hand, adapting to the situations they found themselves in, and taking broader perspectives into account.”
They held the view that the subjects of the study developed three fundamental meta-capacities throughout the program:
Power to witness: Being able to choose to observe your thoughts and emotions during crucial, turbulent times.
Dispassionate observance: The capacity to “let what is the case, be the case.” This is about approaching experiences with an open mind and kindness towards yourself and others.
Inquisitiveness: Taking an active, enthusiastic interest in our inner and outer worlds.
When seen in combination, these three can allow professionals to unearth new, positive changes in their decision-making abilities, their communication with others and their reactions to unexpected obstacles.
Mind you, all this might be sounding strange and hard to fathom however let me inform you that when formal meditative training is imparted, practiced and followed seriously, it can actually boost performance by ushering in a positive work culture, characterized by more qualitative partnerships, decision making, problem-solving and creativity. Needless to say this lends solidity to the foundation of any organisation.
The researchers wrote:“Mindfulness interventions, as long as they are combined with practice, can indeed develop leadership, and we now know why,” adding that “People seeking to introduce mindfulness into leadership development should be realistic, but there are real benefits to be had.”
Now the question how to experience these benefits? The answer is as simple as the question itself – Practice Meditation yourself! And I am not just referring to the occasional once a year workshops but upliftment of the consciousness of all company stakeholders – the whole organisational hierarchy.and that too over a sustained period of time to reap the full benefits and drive concrete change as the research also endorsed.
If you wish to learn these sacred processes from me, I am more than happy to welcome you, accommodate you and help you uplift.
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