Meditation offers a rubric for how to deal with most situations thrown at you and nowhere has this been more useful for me than in business, an environment fraught with uncertainty, risk, and a lot of stress. Which is why over the years, I haven’t been surprised to find so many successful and well-known business practitioners who adopted and maintained the practice in their own work, crediting it for much of their success…
Everyday millions of people are diagnosed with chronic illness. With best intentions doctors prescribe medications, diet and lifestyle changes or surgeries but are often unable to offer reasons or cures for the illness. The Connection considers whether there is a missing link in our approach to health care, and reveals that modern science is proving a direct connection between our mind and our health.
From Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s intensive research on personal and organizational success, we know that mindsets create an entire psychological world for people, where everything has a different meaning depending on the mindset held. Dweck’s research shows that people tend to have one of two sets of beliefs that create a mindset about work, learning, and their own abilities: fixed mindset or growth mindset. Arising from these two mindsets….
Having rigorously assessed the 4000+ research papers on mindfulness training and its effects, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson’s new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Body, and Brain, reveals the four real benefits from mindfulness: stronger focus, staying calmer under stress, better memory, and good corporate citizenship. Mindfulness training thus remains an invaluable skill for organisational effectiveness amidst the complexities, speed and ambiguities of the 21st century workplace.
Wellness programs are becoming an integral priority for most human resource managers. After all, research shows that a happier workplace is more productive. To this end, workplaces are adding health-related perks from exercise rooms to yoga classes. Leaders participate in mindfulness and compassion trainings and are coached to learn emotional intelligence. However, there is one important wellness factor that many are forgetting even though it may be the most potent of all: access to green spaces.
Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radbound.