Yoga classes are a dime a dozen, but what is this growing trend toward meditation? As a media and entertainment lawyer, I’ve seen how meditation has the power to transform negotiations and outcomes of deals. What are the professional benefits of meditation, and why should business leaders embrace mindfulness tools at work?
Responding, not reacting. Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up. Having a meditation practice helps cultivate attitudes of focus, clarity and calmness. When we’re caught off guard—like when we receive disappointing news or an irritating email—we can learn to think twice before conveying our first reaction, which is usually emotional. Instead, we can choose to respond with clarity, composure and even compassion.
Reducing stress in communication. Some individuals may thrive on looming deadlines, but constant stress and anxiety are harmful to the body, relationships and careers. They produce distorted perceptions, false assumptions and toxic work environments. Studies have proven that meditation can result in stress and anxiety reduction. Business leaders who operate with lower levels of stress and anxiety are more mindful about communication. This results in positive relationships and healthy work environments.
Thinking big vision. When we meditate, we gain perspective and an ability to see how small details fit within the overall picture. Thinking with perspective helps us maneuver through difficult moments and generate creative solutions. We begin to lose the fear of failure and let go of nonessentials that don’t contribute to a positive outcome for our bigger vision.
Nicole Cubides balances life as a media and entertainment attorney at Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP and as a yoga instructor. Photo by Edie Summers.