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.
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).