Meditation trains the mind to be present and free from distraction, enabling focus, clarity and awareness.
When we focus on past and future worries we increase our stress and become distracted, reducing our effectiveness and enjoyment in business and in general. Meditation improves our concentration and enhances our wellbeing.
Meditation brings many benefits.
Cardiologist Herbert Benson, at Harvard University, demonstrated that the practice of meditation brought about significant reductions in blood pressure.
According to research conducted by the University of Wisconsin, participants in a short program (8 weeks) in meditation have better brain and immune function than people in a control group.
Meditative practice can allow people to achieve different levels of awareness. “What we found is that long term practitioners showed brain activation on a scale we had never seen before” said Richard Davidson a neuroscientist at Wisconsin University. “Their mental practice is having an effect on the brain in the same way golf or tennis practice will enhance performance.” Davidson says his newest results from meditation study take the concept of Neuroplasticity a step further by showing that mental training through meditation (and presumably other disciplines) can itself change the inner working and circuitry of the brain.
Meditation leads to mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention by expanding our awareness while refining the mind’s precision. It is the capacity to be aware of all matters relevant to business decisions and to achieve an overview which leads to effective action.
Reference: Davidson RJ, Kabat-Zinn J, Schumacher J, Rosenkranz M, Muller D, Santorelli SF, Harrington A, Bonus K, Sheridan JF. Alterations in brain an imune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosom Med 2003;65:564-570 (PMID: 12883106)