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Meditation: The corporate climate needs to reflect our internal climate

by Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation. Many companies want to integrate it into their workplace, while others are already offering meditation classes, such as Yahoo!, Google, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

But how does something as seemingly benign as sitting in silence help a business to operate more efficiently and creatively, or to make the changes necessitated by new trends?

Let’s see why the corporate climate needs to reflect our internal climate:

Ed and Deb Shapiro contest that a gap between our professional and personal selves can grow due to stress, and this can lead to the development of masks, a lack of fulfillment, relationship failure, and isolation. The corporate climate needs to reflect our internal climate, as a lack of authenticity limits the inner resources we bring to our job.

image37Many problems stem from the speed at which decisions are made or actions are taken, and we often tend to forget how much we need to work as a team to deliver results. At the same time, we each have something very unique to offer.


Many workplace issues can cause stress, yet all of us have the ability to grow and change. While working with corporations, we find that their unfamiliarity with meditation demands a new approach, so we created the term “silent space.” We just need to be relaxed and at ease within ourselves to access that ability.

Bringing meditation, relaxation, and visualization into the workplace decreases stress and clears the mind. It increases focus and concentration, develops skillful ways of dealing with issues, and inspires ways to solve problems.
With just a few minutes of silence, you can gain:
• Clarity of thinking
• Increased efficiency
• Greater perspective
• Better listening skills
• Improved health through greater relaxation
• A stronger sense of self and purpose
• Awareness of our interconnectedness, leading to kindness, compassion, and altruism

In essence, meditation is just calming our mind while being fully in the moment. Entering into silence with ourselves invites us to be truly present with who we are. It helps us relax, yes, but it also creates a space where creativity, solutions to difficulties, and awareness of the bigger picture naturally emerge. It also gives rise to greater joyfulness and a personal happiness that affects both ourselves and those around us. When people are in the present, then magic happens – even in the business world!


Ed and Deb are corporate consultants and personal coaches working with CEOs and senior and middle management. Their award-winning book, Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, includes a foreword by the Dalai Lama. They are regular featured bloggers for Oprah.com and HuffingtonPost.com. They host their own acclaimed radio show, “Going Out of Your Mind.” www.edanddebshapiro.com.

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