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Meditation is Good for Business

Most of us have heard how meditation can enhance our personal life, but did you know that meditation is also good for business?  According to Forbes magazine, meditation can make you “exponentially more effective throughout your career.”  Here’s how:

  1. Increase focus and productivity:  You become less distracted when focusing on specific assignments, and achieve a higher rate of successful task completion.
  2. Elevate energy & memory capacity:  You find it easier to rest your busy mind and fall asleep, which contributes to higher energy levels during the day and an increased mental capacity.
  3. Better, easier decision-making:  You are able to quiet the mind and access your intuition during deliberation.
  4. Higher patience and tolerance levels:  You are able to pause, breathe and choose your response more wisely to a variety of triggers in the workplace and release judgment about what others may say and do.

Gender and Burnout

In a recent Medscape survey, 48% of female physicians reported burnout vs. 38% of their male peers.  The AMA also reports additional differences:

Coping: More than 50% of female physicians with burnout discuss it with family and friends, while only 39% of men do.  Men were more likely to cope with burnout by exercising (52%) compared with 47% of women.  Female physicians experiencing burnout were also more likely to:

Sleep: 46% vs. 38%

Eat junk food:  39% vs. 27%

Binge eat:  23% vs. 18%

Seek help:  31% vs. 24%

Both men and women rated their job as the greatest cause of depression.  Women ranked family and romantic relationships in second place, while for men it was finances.

Do You Have a Toxic Boss?

Are you among the 75% of Americans who claim their “boss is the most stressful part of their workday”?  According to the Harvard Business Review, studies in American workplaces show that people with toxic employers are more likely to experience chronic stress, depression, and anxiety, all of which increase the risk of a lowered immune system, colds, strokes, and even heart attacks.  Of course finding a better job situation may be the optimal option, but not practical for many people.  If you can’t change your  job right now, meditation and gentle yoga can help you respond more creatively.  Remember, you can’t really control your boss, but you can manage your own reactions and responses.

Top Five Myths About Meditation Debunked

Women’s Health magazine debunks the Top Five Myths about meditation.

  1. The goal of meditation is to eliminate thoughts.  Meditation is not about blocking out thoughts, it’s about what you do with thoughts when you become aware of them.
  2. You should always feel calm during and after meditation.  Do not judge your experience during the meditation, but rather by the cumulative benefits in everyday life.
  3. You have to meditate for a long time to feel benefits.  Even meditating for 1 minute can make a huge difference to stress levels.
  4. Meditation is just for people who are stressed.  Meditation is an effective antidote when  you are feeling stressed, but it is even more powerful as a preventative strategy.
  5. Meditation takes years to learn.  Nonsense.  Changes start to occur in the mind and the body (including the brain) from the very first time you meditate.

Take Your Meditation Practice on Vacation

Air travel can be stressful.  The hurry-up-and-wait at an airport and trying to navigate the crowds and security can be exhausting and compromise your immune system.  To make your flight less stressful and more rewarding, AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter suggests the following:

  1. Listen to your mantra when you have no immediate responsibility to deal with.
  2. Pack nourishing home-cooked food to eat until you reach your destination.
  3. During a flight or while waiting for a connecting flight, do a few easy-gentle yoga stretches.
  4. Practice three rounds of alternate nostril breathing.  It will reduce anxiety, and increase your energy levels.
  5. Plan at least one long meditation during your flight.  It will keep you centered.
  6. Be mindful in every moment, and employ the “Bridge of Yoga” so that you think speak and act in service to your own inner wisdom.

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Make Time for Meditation

Contrary to common belief, just 60 seconds a day is enough time to establish a rewarding meditation practice. “In our busy schedules, we all have one minute to meditate,” said Leonard Perlmutter in a March 2018 Family Circle Magazine article. Perlmutter goes on to dispel another meditation myth. “Meditation is not meant to eliminate thoughts,” he explains. “It simply teaches you to direct the mind’s mental traffic.” Read the full article to get more tips on where, when and how to meditate.

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Meditation for Sleep

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Milennials Are Meditating

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Meditation Techniques Help Students Focus

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A Growing Acceptance

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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Meditation Linked to Low Blood Fats

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