Whether you are running a business out of a coworking space or working for someone else, we can all agree that our mind is the most valuable asset we possess. It is of high importance that we develop the habit of controlling our mind and use it to the fullest. Any practice that involves relaxing our mind with the objective of regaining control over it is meditation. At first glance, meditation and business may seem wildly different. One is associated with a peaceful state of consciousness, whereas the other is associated with heightened awareness, stress, and competition. While they seem at different ends of the spectrum, they can have a synergistic relationship. There are a number of different benefits that translate well between the two.
Research by Katherine MacLean which was inspired by the Buddhist monks, who spend years training in meditation, revealed that meditation helps in improving a person’s ability to be attentive and to focus on a particular thing for a long time. Participants got better at discriminating the short lines as the training went on. This improvement in perception made it easier to sustain attention, so they also improved their task performance over a long period of time.
Improves retention and memory:
One study conducted by researchers in Boston found that frequent meditation seemed to bolster the cerebral cortex of its participant’s brains. The cortex is responsible for mental functions such as learning, concentration, and memory. Regular meditation increases blood flow to the brain, which leads to a stronger network of blood vessels in the cerebral cortex and reinforces memory capacity. One study that was published by a reputable cognition journal indicated that meditating for 20 minutes a day boosts memory and concentration. According to a study cited in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal, “Meditation training can enhance various cognitive processes, such as emotional regulation, executive control, and attention, particularly sustained attention.”
Research conducted by Badri Bajaj and Neerja Pande concluded that mindful people can better cope with difficult thoughts and emotions without being overwhelmed or shutting down. Pausing and observing the mind helps us from getting stuck in our story and as a result empower us to move forward.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published a study titled “Neural Correlates of Mindfulness Meditation-Related Anxiety Relief” in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience which identifies brain regions activated by mindfulness meditation. During the test period, it was noticed that all the participant’s practicing mindful meditation saw a significant reduction in anxiety.
Meditation can be practiced anywhere. With the help of guided meditation apps like Headspace, there is absolutely no excuse for not do improve yourself. Even coworking spaces are promoting their members to make use of mindful meditation. If you are at CoKarya, feel free to close your eyes and get into a relaxed state of mind and experience the wonders of meditation.