The neuroscience of mindfulness for companies

Brainmapping shows changes during meditation.

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Meditation and Mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley. And it is not about mystical stuff or getting inner peace, it´s about getting ahead and training the brain. Across the Valley, quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts.

Companies like Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Facebook, etc are doing more than a Buddhist practice. Entrepeneurs and engineers are taking millennia-old traditions and reshaping them to fit goal-oriented and data driven culture.

If you calm your mind, you can better manage your emotions, and ideally would make you a better worker in the process.  Training the brain helps to control the neural self-hacking and manage your energy. It´s like stirring up the chemical soup inside.

We´re basically the descendants of nervous monkeys, the kind with hair-trigger fight-or-flight responses. Inthe modern workplace, these hyperactive reflexes are now a detriment, turning minor squabbles into the emotional equivalents of kill-or-be-killed showdowns. In such situations, the amydala –the región of the brain responsable for processing fear- can overrride the rest of the mind,s ability to think logically. We become slaves to our minds.

Repeated studies have demonstrated that meditation can rewire how the the brain responds to stress. Boston University Researches showed that after as Little as 3´5 hours of meditation training, subjects tend to react less to emotionally charged images. Other research suggests that meditation improves working memory and executive function. One paper cited by the Google crew even impliess that meditators are more resistant to the flu.

Meditation it also helps to understant a coworker motivation and to cultivate your own emotional intelligence, and everybody knows EI is good for their career… And every compnay knows that if their people have EI, they´re gonna make a shitload of money.

We all look fo return on the investment in meditation. And that comes in the form of support people to be their higher selves –centered, focused, calm and content.