Google believes that Meditation can improve the Leadership effectiveness, cognitive development and also the performance of employees.
Karen May, Vice President, People Development at Google says that they begin every meeting with 2 minutes meditation. They us different types like Loving Kindness Meditation, Gratitude exercise, breathing exercises and so on.
After about 4-5 months they realise that they were all better people after those 2 minutes.
Another great article in Harvard Business Review by Dr.Emma Sepala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She summarizes the 5 following benefits of Meditation for CEOs.
In the 2nd workshop on Nov 22nd, Master Sunita empowering Youth with addictions at John Volken Academy through her pure vibrations and Sookshma Program. Sooskhma Program is a Self empowerment program that provides self improvement tools like subtle and simple exercises, Breathing techniques and Meditation for aiding in the purification of mind and body to overcome the vices and addictions. Master Sunita’s Pure unconditional love, Deep Empathy and Compassion are at the foundation of Sookshma program for generating the peace and love within and aid in the healing process.
The below article from Harvard University is in line with what Master Sunita always emphasizes about her Sookshma program which has simple/subtle/quick exercises, body scanning, breathing and meditation. Sookshma program is designed and innovated by Master Sunita about 45 years ago for modern hectic lifestyles. She says that we all are very busy with our work, families, hobbies and other social responsibilities. A simple program to empower people to take care of their mind and body in 15 minutes has been her vision. Many of her students who have been through Sookshma program realize the innate potential that we all have and a few minutes in a day can help tap into that pure energy for peak performance in our day to day lives.
The Harvard University agrees with that and says:
“In the research conducted by Dr. James E. Stahl and his team of Harvard researchers, study volunteers participated in an 8-week mind-body relaxation program offered through the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The program taught a range of mind-body skills.
Dr. Stahl, who is now at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, teaches his own patients mindfulness and meditation skills in his internal medicine practice and encourages people to practice daily. He says that you don’t need to enroll in a formal program, or even spend a lot of time practicing — 10 to 15 minutes a day will do. Consistency is the key.”
Money plays such an integral role in our lives that the idea of living without currency is almost alien. However, Daniel Suelo will beg to differ. Determined to reject the system of capitalism and even bartering, Suelo has removed the concept of currency from his life for fifteen years now. In this short documentary, Suelo examines the aspects of a life without money, sharing his thoughts on living off the land, the gift economy, health, and the biggest blessing he received from this revolutionary lifestyle. – See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5807#sthash.slPJqsfF.dpuf
Janice Houlihan, cofounder of the nonprofit Inner Explorer (IE) says “Mindfulness practices help the bully, victim, and any witnesses involved develop a deeper awareness of themselves, resilience, compassion, and a greater ability to regulate their emotional responses.”
Early results of a randomized controlled trial of kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms that implemented Inner Explorer’s mindfulness programs showed an estimated 50 percent reduction in reactive behaviour and bullying incidents during the 2012–2013 school year. Quarterly grade point averages (GPAs) improved by 7–15 percent. Currently, there are 111 preschool and elementary classrooms in 12 schools in California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York taking part in the program.
Learn more about Inner Explorer: http://www.innerexplorer.org/
Brain Imaging study conducted at Case Western University shows that Leaders who approach their employees with Empathy leave a positive mark on the functioning of the brain and their emotions.
The Paper published in “The Leadership Quarterly” – “Examination of the neural substrates activated in memories of experiences with resonant and dissonant leaders” explores the study in further detail.
Here is the high level abstract:
Employees recalling experiences with resonant leaders activated neural areas such as the bilateral insula, right inferior parietal lobe, and left superior temporal gyrus; regions associated with the mirror neuron system, default mode or social network, and positive affect. Recalling experiences with dissonant leaders negatively activated the right anterior cingulate cortex and activated the right inferior frontal gyrus, bilateral posterior region of the inferior frontal gyrus, and bilateral inferior frontal gyrus/insula; regions associated with the mirror neuron system and related to avoidance, narrowed attention, decreased compassion, and negative emotions.