Reshaping Corporate World through Spirituality.

As someone who facilitates the Art of Living Foundation’s Corporate programs, I am delighted to see this article in FT which talks about Why West’s largest companies are embracing Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and Eastern Spirituality. The article talks about employees in organizations such as General Mills, Target, Google, Aetna etc. using programs based on meditation etc. to transform the culture of their organization. I read the article and read it over and over again to find the experience of people exactly similar to what I have experienced over a decade of my practices.

Key benefits that the article highlights include:

  • Leadership: If you are fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader.
  • Better Decision Making
  • Improved Relationships.
  • Creates a Great Place to Work
  • Happy, Healthy, Engaged workforce
  • More emotionally resilient
  • Stability in Mind
  • Decreased Stress Levels
  • Increased Creativity, Compassion and Connection.
  • Reduces Healthcare costs etc.

Yesterday at my workplace, we had Utkarsh Rai, author of “101 Myths and Realities at Workplace” talking about his upcoming book and one of the points that he made was, that in today’s time, people have lost the ability to reflect and I thought that was a such a true statement, we are being compelled to search for answers quickly without deep reflection and I think that practices such as Yoga and Meditation help you gain that perspective.

It is a pity that most corporates in India still have a blinkered eye vision towards the practices of Yoga and Meditation and have rarely realized the impact such programs can have on their employees and consequently their organizations. But things are changing slowly and surely and articles such as these go a long way in making a difference.

Closer home, I stumbled upon a research paper that talks about the impact of Art of Living’s corporate program on the employees who underwent the program, the author writes:

The results reveal that their health, behaviour and relationship with the colleagues were improved after attending the programme. The study results suggest that such programme should be extended to other employees as well.The paper concludes that spiritual training programmes plays a vital role and it is useful in two dimensions namely individual and organization, as both are complimentary to each other.

Those who are interested in bringing the practices of Yoga and Meditation to their workforces can reach out to me at rajwaghray (a) gmail (d0t) com

And, on a lighter note, as far as I am concerned, I will make sure that I eat a bowl of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream every time I encounter it. As one of my fellow Yoga teacher says, what is the point of doing yoga, if you can’t eat Ice-Cream (well he said Chocolate).

Corporate leaders and one question about Kriya and Meditation.

So how does one explain as to why one needs to do the practices – of SudarshanKriya, Meditation etc. – to someone who is not open to listening?

There are times, when I keep quite and I pray and hope that some day, and hopefully not too late in their lives, they get to experience the joy, the happiness, the bliss that one gets out of Sudarshan Kriya and Meditation.

Today was one such day, I just had to let things pass.

Imagine you are in a closed room with only a tiny keyhole to view the world outside, and as long as you keep looking through the keyhole, everything looks so small, so tiny and so far away. And then you stumble upon the key, open the door….and now you have a completely different view of the same landscape….the trees look more greener, the grass so inviting, the warmth of the sun, the richness of life…

As long as I keep on peeping into my life through a keyhole, my vision will that be of the keyhole, but the second I am willing to step down from the head to the heart, ie., let go of my own prejudices and have an open mind to experience what life has to offer, I have stepped out from a room with a keyhole, to a much larger vision, then the richness of life dawns.

And then it stuck me, that one of the significant improvements in my own life has been to that of moving away from narrowness of petty likes and disklikes in small stuff such as the food on the table to more bigger stuff in life that I wouldn’t want to write here about :-).

Without the practices of Kriya and Meditation, I don’t think I would have been aware of this and would have been living my life in the quadrant 4 of Johari’s window.

As a manager or a leader, our ability to deal with situations also improves when one is aware of our own blindspots and unknowns.

The one word answer to the questions most folks ask in corporates, what will I gain by doing Kriya and Meditation is: “Self-Knowledge”.