Although meditation has gained popularity among many people in recent years, the thought of a CEO sitting on the floor and clearing his or her mind of thoughts and distraction still may seem strange to many.However, the benefits of meditation have overcome perceptions and many top CEOs practice it. That is because meditation has proven to have several benefits. Marc Benioff, the founder of SalesForce, says he began meditating after Apple founder Steve Jobs recommended it, according to an article in Business Insider. Benioff starts his day with meditation and also expresses gratitude to keep him grounded.
Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., says he used meditation to cope with his company’s brush with bankruptcy several years ago. He now meditates every day, which he says improves his productivity as well making him more kind and compassionate.
Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world and founder of business giant Microsoft, had previously thought of mediation as a bit silly but now practices it a few times a week.
“For me, it has nothing to do with faith or mysticism,” Gates says. “It’s about taking a few minutes out of my day, learning how to pay attention to the thoughts in my head, and gaining a little bit of distance from them.”
There are several reasons why people practice meditation and the American Psychology Association has a list of proven benefits that result from the practice. First, it reduces the tendency to overthink things such as focusing on failures and difficulties. Meditation can help ease your mind so that you become more positive. This is especially beneficial in the workplace because you have more time to be creative and productive.
Second, meditation can reduce stress. This is very important for those in top positions who deal with hectic schedules and situations. Stress is known to cause health problems so it is important for people to keep tension to a minimum.
Meditation has also been shown to improve memory and focus. Obviously, this is essential in a business environment when CEOs and top managers are dealing with a variety of things on a daily basis. This also opens the door to more creative thinking.
Finally, meditation can help people with self-observation and introspection. This is important because it improves our emotional intelligence and the way we interact with others. When we have a clearer view of ourselves, we can focus on making deeper, more meaningful connections with others.
Remember that meditation takes only a few minutes a day but the rewards are immeasurable.