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Using Maharishi Vastu and Transcendental Meditation to reduce the cost of health care
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 November 2011
During a recent lecture at the Garrison Institute,* Jeffrey Abramson spoke about designing buildings in a way that supports life both inside and outside, that has a positive influence on the environment as well as on the building's occupants.
In his lecture, 'Transcending Green', Mr Abramson spoke about businesses using the Transcendental Meditation Programme and Maharishi Vastu architecture to enhance the happiness and health of the most valuable aspect of any business: human capital.
Mr Abramson, a partner in The Tower Companies, the largest green real estate developer in the Washington, DC area, began with a question for his audience of young businesspeople and entrepreneurs. He asked them, 'Why is human capital so critical? Why is it that we need to protect people?
'Well, they represent our companies. . . . They are the basis of growing a company—and yet we expect a lot from our employees. We pay them salaries, we expect them to work hard, we make them sick, then we pay the increase in insurance. And then they get sicker and we pay the increases again, at the same time expecting them to be as productive and alert and energized as the same day we hired them.'
He again engaged the audience with a question: 'Does anyone know what the cost of health care is in the United States? $251 million an hour. . . . That's how much it costs to defend the health of our people.
'Businesses can play a very unique role . . . in reducing the cost, and that is through prevention. If we use prevention as a health care, then [fortunately] we won't know what we're preventing.
'But in our country, it's all about output, it's all about keeping up—and yet we do not invest in our people, invest in their brilliance, keeping their brilliance, giving them access to their brilliance every day. We just expect them to somehow figure it out. And businesses need to provide the tools.'
Please see Part I of this series. Global Good News will continue to feature Jeffrey Abramson's talk at the Garrison Institute, as he went on to explain why Transcendental Meditation is a powerful tool businesses can use to invest in their valuable human capital.
* Mr Abramson's talk is quoted with permission of the Garrison Institute. He was addressing the Institute's 2011 symposium on Climate, Buildings, and Behavior.
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