Have you considered developing a regular meditation practice?

(As it turns out, there are a ton of work-related benefits to doing so.)

After years of periodically experimenting with meditation, I’ve finally adapted a regular, sustainable practice. In the past, it had never been very clear what there was to gain from meditation that really mattered to me.

While several thought leaders continue to point to the value of meditation, I have often found sitting quietly for 15 minutes to be extremely difficult. Fundamentally, sitting still goes against my strong propensity to take action.

The question is: What’s more important than getting things done?

Like many of us, my drive to accomplish things overshadows other options. Making time for intuitive guidance and letting the answers occur to me can often fall to the background.

On vacation this year, I opened up my suitcase which had been closed since January because I hadn’t traveled anywhere during COVID-19. In the suitcase, there was a book called Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance. The book promises that if you simply take a half an hour a day to meditate (two 15-minute sessions) you can get considerably more done. Finally, a proposition I can buy into: I can get more done if I meditate.

Case in point: Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that a meditation program led to changes in brain regions involving learning and working memory capacity. They concluded that “those who worked in high-stress work environments and practiced meditation could stay on a task longer, managed their time better, and received positive feedback after a task performance.” Thunderbird School of Global Management.

One of my goals in improving and developing a regular meditation practice is to become more calm and focused in a world filled with stressors and overstimulation. Maybe I’ll even find over time that there are ways to accomplish my goals without such a busy schedule.

I’ve become familiar in the last few years of some people in the lean community working in the field of mindfulness & meditation as it relates to lean transformations and practices. I’d be interested in hearing more about how these practices are becoming more mainstream. If any of you have information about this, please share.

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