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Meditation and business (1)

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Meditation and its Ties in Business

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Meditation and business (1)

  1. 1. Meditation for Business & Well-Being by Connor Bergeron
  2. 2. “I will meditate 2-4 hours a day. People ask, “how do you have that much time to do that?” What's funny is, how much more time I have because I do that! First of all, it raises my inner bar of things I'll take on. So suddenly it feels like I don't have all these things I have to fix anymore… Usually what we do is we immediately we put ourselves into a place of lack by going onto Facebook. Who wrote on my wall, that completes me... We now suddenly have a to-do list, versus actually understanding what in me thinks I need to check my wall that much to be happy... And so I sit, and I just chill. ...I just pay attention. I don’t do any Buddhist-y thing or have my fingers in a thing… meditation, which is literally just chilling, it’s just relaxing- but we see it as an assignment!” “Kyle Cease,” You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. November 12, 2014
  3. 3. Introduction Meditation is the art of personal attunement, bringing benefits to the mind and body, all of which can make their way into your productivity! There are hundreds of scientific studies to support these benefits- not just Californian hippies proclaiming its effectiveness.
  4. 4. "Open Monitoring Meditation:” thoughts and sensations are simply observed rather than held and focused on. Through this specific practice, divergent thinking and convergent thinking (idea generation and problem-solving) increase, and increase in effectiveness http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120419102317.htm
  5. 5. There has also been studies suggesting 10 minutes of meditation timed after an activity improves overall performance of tasks, and decreases sleep need. Even with 'amatuer' meditators. When meditating for an hour, meditators began sleeping less. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2919439/
  6. 6. Meditation releases stress, perfect for anxiety, depression, unproductive thoughts, and other mood issues. With anxiety, it can be difficult to distinguish a productive thought vs. a thought with too much power. Mindfulness and meditation helps these issues- meditation and an anger management course can bring great results for those with a temper! http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967
  7. 7. Meditation alters your body chemistry. It may cause: 1) Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) increase, known to stabilize mood disorders like anxiety, tension, insomnia, and epilepsy 2) Melatonin increase, a powerful antioxidant and sleep aid 3) Serotonin increase; depleted serotonin is directly linked to depression, obesity, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, and fibromyalgia 4) Cortisol decreases. This is an age accelerant in the bloodstream that has been found to contribute to a wide variety of health issues- it is the only hormone that we try to reduce for the general population. 5) Dehydroepiandrosterone increases; low levels puts you at risk for heart attack, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and chronic fatigue. It helps alleviate depression, and supports your immune system. http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/dhea_gaba_cortisol_hgh_melatonin_serotonin_endorphins/
  8. 8. Meditation has many misconceptions and misuses, which may deter people from practicing. Cults have used it for indoctrination and brainwashing, and there are a multitude of classes teaching specialized methods taking from your wallet. There is also a stigma around meditation for individuals, as it seems to take out valuable time from your day, they feel incapable of quieting their minds, or they just aren’t ready for it (a worldly life or self-destructive tendencies can hinder interest in meditation)
  9. 9. However… While time may be of the essence, meditation only asks for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes of your day. The notion of, “I don’t think I’m capable” is only a limitation of the mind, and meditation is so easy that there are no classes required to become a practitioner.
  10. 10. Conclusion Meditation has definitely been a proven practice for thousands of years and for good reason. Meditation is now being medically proven to have many positive effects on an individual, which I feel many people neglect... The mind has full control of our being; therefore, having a peaceful mind reflects onto the body and radiates outward on to others. The better you are personally, the better you are in business!
  11. 11. “Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there -buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” Deepak Chopra Cristina Guitan/Illustration

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