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Perspective: Doing well by doing nothing. Meditation at work.
by Jess McCuan
Inc. Magazine Translate This Article
30 June 2004
On 30 June 2004 Inc. Magazine reported:
Transcendental Meditation has attracted maxed-out professionals who want to lower blood pressure, prolong concentration, and crank up creative juices.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of business.
Sitting in a quiet room doing Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes, twice a day, is something one can do when one needs to focus, or to slow down, or to think from another person's perspective.
Inc. Magazine interviewed Erica Kalick, founder and president of Erica's Rugelach & Baking Co., a 10-employee gourmet pastry manufacturer in Brooklyn, NY, who took up meditation to help her cope after a personal tragedy. She said 'It helps me to slow down. . . . [with difficult employees], I can slow down and think about it from the other person's perspective.'
According to Inc. Magazine, 'It's like having a quieter and quieter thought', explains Gary Kaplan, director of Clinical Neurophysiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. When performed correctly, Kaplan says, meditation allows the brain to 'settle down,' while the meditator experiences a heightened level of alertness.
'According to studies conducted at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, long-term benefits include lower blood pressure and reduced risk for heart disease and stroke. But other positive results, such as reduced stress, lower heart rate, and increased alpha brain waves for greater concentration may be noticeable after a few weeks. Encouraging workers to meditate, then, can potentially increase productivity, and may also reduce health care costs.'
Eric Schwartz, CEO of Cambridge Investment Research, a 115-employee, $65 million financial services firm based in Fairfield, Iowa, who paid for his top three managers to learn TM, said that his brokers are open to new ways of doing business and see problems as opportunities to improve. Schwartz is the only person in his family without high blood pressure. He remembers once, when being told about a trading error that cost the company $33,000, instead of losing his temper, he just said, 'what are we going to do to make sure it doesn't happen again?'
Transcendental Meditation is accepted by some insurance companies and taught at pain management clinics. Experts say that the perception of meditation is changing.
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