I assume you’ve probably heard about how meditation boosts success in business. Meditation is an age old practice of, put simply, closing your eyes and looking within. It is now starting to get the scientific support it deserves for its wide range of benefits.
In this article, I’ll focus on exactly how meditation boosts success in business.
In a fabulous article by the ABC they discussed the results of using high resolution brain imaging to find out the effects that meditation has on the brain. The results are fascinating and a great motivator to find the time to finally meditate everyday.
The results of a number of studies showed that meditation increased the thickness of areas of the brain that regulate emotion and attention.
3 ways meditation boosts business success
- The Power to Choose – According to Neil Bailey, a neuroscientist at Monash University, one of those parts of the brain that thickens is the anterior cingulate cortex. It is the part of the brain related to choosing between competing brain processes. For example, if you’ve got a part of your brain that’s saying ‘I’m stressed by my long to do list’ and another part that’s saying ‘just relax and begin with the priority one task’, the anterior cingulate cortex is the part that decides which to focus on. How often have you been exhausted and stressed due to a raging battle in your head!?! Meditation empowers you to make the choice that is aligned with your success.
- The Power to Stay Focused – the suggests that the prefrontal cortex also appears to thicken with meditation. It’s the part of the brain that holds our attention. If the anterior cingulate cortex focuses attention, it’s the prefrontal cortex that sustains that focus.
- The Power to Cut through Fear – the hippocampus and amygdala, which are primarily responsible for memory and emotional processing respectively, change as well in the strength of their connections. When the amygdala is activated, it can trigger the flight or fight stress response, the reflex that gets your heart pumping and your body ready to react to a threat. Some people with stress have a hyper-responsive amygdala, eliciting fight or flight even when there’s no life-threatening danger. After meditation training, the amygdala might still kick in, but messages feeding into it from the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus that give context to the situation — that it’s not a life or death scenario — may be stronger.
The above are essential skills required to succeed in business and meditation is the perfect way to strengthen them.
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