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Friday, January 24, 2014
The Case for Meditation As a Professional Skill
What if I told you that there was one practice that, if incorporated into your daily routine, could help you build some of the most desirable leadership skills and traits? Would you believe me?
Valuable skills like:
Compassion and empathy
The ability to manage stress and self-regulate
Efficiency and productivity
And the best part? It's absolutely free and you can start tomorrow.
I'm talking about meditation.
What Is Meditation?
At its most basic level, meditation is the practice of altering the mind, often to reach an altered state of consciousness or mindfulness.
But the term meditation encompasses a multitude of practices -- not just sitting cross-legged on the floor and chanting 'om', desperately hoping for some divine moment of revelation.
Meditation can be broken down roughly into two forms: focused attention and open monitoring. In focused attention meditation, the individual focuses on a particular object, thought, feeling, or sensation and actively guides the mind back to the point of focus if thoughts begin to stray. But with open monitoring, the individual allows themselves to sense, feel, and observe to create awareness.
Beyond these two categories, there are is an incredible vastness of styles of practice, ranging from using a mantra, to visualization, to walking meditation and much more.
Chances are if you've tried meditating before and didn't enjoy it, there is another type out there waiting to be discovered that will better suit your needs, lifestyle and personality. (MORE)