Across Silicon Valley, quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts.
This is how the long-established magazine of high technology, Wired, describes how mindfulness meditation has become the “new rage” in Silicon Valley, and that many companies there have incorporated meditation classes into their company culture.
They are doing this because they believe it is good for their employees, making them both happier and more productive, and in the long-run making their companies more successful. Let’s look at how one of these companies, Google, has incorporated meditation into their culture.
So far more than a thousand “Googlers” (people who work at Google) have taken the “Search Inside Yourself” training course, and another 400 are on the waiting list for the course taught by Chade-Meng Chan, a Singapore-born engineer, who joined Google as employee number 107 in the year 2000.
Now Meng has shifted from engineering mobile search to teaching mindfulness at Google full-time. In 2012 he wrote a guide Searching Inside Yourself for the rest of us (those who maybe wished we worked at Google, but haven’t yet been asked).
The techniques of mindfulness meditation are simple, but require patience and practice to do effectively. While books or gurus are a great help, anyone can start doing it, and no equipment is required. A quiet space is best, but people can learn to meditate anywhere if they want or need to.
As many of us feel more fragmented, trying to juggle various tasks at the same time…using our mobile devices or searching the internet while talking or working (hopefully not driving)….minduflness meditation is probably one of the few ways to help our focus in this increasingly multi-taking world.
Indeed, university research studies have shown that meditation helps people multi-task better, and many other studies have demonstrated the stress-reduction benefits. Other research has shown better “working memory” and more efficient “executive” functions in the brain.
Meng at Google talks about the goal of improving “emotional intelligence” (EI) through mindfulness meditation, and EI is a hot topic in Silicon Valley. “Everybody knows this EI is good for their career” says Meng, “and every company knows that if their people have EI, they’re going to make a lot of money”.
It’s not only Google that has embraced meditation. Leaders from Ford, LinkedIn, Twitter, PayPal, and Facebook have taken part of regular events called “Wisdom 2.0”. A majority of their conferences and workshops have taken place in California, but in September this year—as the first part of Wisdom 2.0 Europe—there will be a meeting available to the public at Google’s Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Why not Brazil some day? Compassion and kindness are other potential benefits of these practices, and we see on the news each day too many examples of the opposite.
What about you? More productivity, less stress, more compaasion, more peace in the world. Perhaps meditation is something you have thought about for a long time as something you should try. Here is more food for thought. Let it begin with you, with us.
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