Meditation is needed now more than ever, especially by those in leadership positions whose daily decisions directly impact company culture.
Bala Kamallakharan, Startup Iceland Founder, Investor and Mentor to Flow and many others.
From HBR.org: "A global pandemic is in full effect. Risks of infection are on the rise, stock markets are tumbling, the economy is on the verge of a global recession, and every business is facing uncertainty. Chances are high that you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and afraid." -What Meditation Can Do for Your Leadership 03/2020 by Matthias Birk
The article goes on to express how those negative feelings are normal and to be expected now, and how meditation can be of tremendous help!
"Steve Jobs, an early adopter of meditation described his experience like this: “You start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
"How does this happen? Practicing meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, calm the amygdala, increase our ability to think creatively and empathetically take other people’s perspective."
Here are three ways you can adopt meditation into your busy life without taking any extra time from your full schedule. Each meditation only takes 4 minutes, and is highly effective!
Listen to one of Flow's Breathe Meditations as you are on your way to work
Listen to a Flow Move and/or Let go meditation while you are working out
Listen to a Flow Restore meditation as you are preparing to go to sleep
"One of the most important advantages of meditation is that it allows us to step out of our own survival centric thinking and connect with others empathetically. This is important, because research shows that when we get scared, we display greater egocentrism and it is harder for us to take other peoples’ perspective. But people inside and outside your organization are in distress right now. This is an opportunity to show compassion and care in difficult times, an opportunity to show your team and organization who you are as a leader."
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