If you've ever worked on a project as a collaborative team member, you know from firsthand experience, that when the team dynamics work, there is nothing sweeter; conversely, nothing is more challenging or draining than a team out-of-sync. How can companies and organizations facilitate a team culture of cooperation, flexibility, and positive spirit?
How Meditation Programs Launch Winning Teams
As a first step, some experts might suggest analyzing the corporate culture or the group dynamics. Although this is the most obvious starting place, in order to create a winning team, we need to dive far deeper. Each team member should take a personal inventory; first by taking a good look at their motives and intentions, and secondly, whether they are actually committed to the success of the group as a whole.
To achieve this deep level of commitment, each individual needs to understand self-actualization and the basic hierarchy of personal growth.
Abraham Maslow was a psychology professor at Alliant International University, Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research, and Columbia University. Maslow's groundbreaking book Motivation and Personality published in 1954 remains a classic, and it is considered an essential book to read when exploring the topic of personal growth.
The most basic human needs are met first (at the bottom); through personal growth, we rise up the pyramid to the next level of awareness. The ultimate goal, according to Maslow, is to achieve the highest state of awareness, self-actualization (found at the pyramid peak).
This state of self-actualization allows us to experience and enjoy life to it's fullest, and to realize our greatest potential. The daily practice of meditation is a valuable tool that can help us to achieve these higher levels of awareness.
There are many ways to approach personal growth. Silent mantra meditation is one method that has stood the test of time, used for over 5,000 years. Just think about that deep, rich history. You might say, maybe there's something to this—and you'd be right, there is.
Now, modern science proves the breadth and depth of benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. The Mayo Clinic offers suggestions for improved health and wellness, with meditation ranking in the top three recommendations, along with healthy eating and exercise.
While silent mantra meditation reduces deep levels of stress, it combats other health issues, including high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. Brain imaging shows that daily meditation can physically improve the brain's hippocampus, the area of learning and memory, in as little as eight weeks. With improved brain function and improved health, our focus and ability to learn improves.
The Perfect Attributes of a Working Team
Those who practice meditation daily, demonstrate an assertive spirit, improved confidence, and expanded creativity. Long-time meditators tend to be naturally optimistic, flexible, and look for the higher and greater good. They think in terms of "we" (instead of I); and they've learned to tame the ego, without diminishing confidence. Most certainly, meditators are more positive, happier, and possibly even nicer individuals.
Studies show that meditation enhances both reaction time and memory, offering keen business attributes. Meditators improve their ability to be objective; they easily see the other point of view. This expanded awareness offers a sizeable competitive advantage—a good result for all.
The Time Factor
Far too many individuals decline to practice meditation because they say, "I just don’t have the time." But most seasoned meditators will agree that once you commit, you will most likely feel that you accomplish more in your day. How could that possibly add up?
The comedian Jerry Seinfeld once described his experience with meditation by saying,"When I was doing the TV series in which I was the star of the show, the executive producer, the head writer, casting and editing, for 22 to 24 episodes on network television - not cable! Network, for 9 years. Okay? That's alot of work… it was that 20 minutes in the middle of the day would save me."
Creativity, the Spark of Inspiration Moving to Genius
The most incredible benefit is that creative sparks fly during meditation. Of course, we know the goal is to "quiet the mind," but more often than not, when you find yourself submerged in deep relaxation, that space of complete peace and silence, a brilliant idea or concept seems to come out of nowhere, striking like a thunderbolt without warning. So be mindful and keep a pencil and pad nearby during meditation.
Albert Einstein once said, "Creativity is intelligence having fun."
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