7 Benefits of Guided Meditation
Center attendees and create a collective mindset through guided meditation sessions.
Major corporations, such as Google and General Mills, have begun to offer meditation classes to help employees relax throughout the business day. This tactic is migrating toward the business-meeting world as well to help clear minds for stressful tasks, such as deal transactions.
Guided meditation can bring similar clarity to your meetings as well, no matter the intended outcome. A study by the Kyoto Convention Bureau showed that 10 minutes of meditation can significantly improve meeting outcomes, with an average 12.5 percent increase in productivity. Here’s how it can help:
- Decision-making. Meditation provides clarity, which is essential to making good choices. Start your next decision meeting off on the right foot with peace of mind across the group.
- Emotional intelligence. By centering themselves, attendees can become more aware of their surroundings, including both their emotional reactions and those of fellow meeting goers. This can make them more receptive to changing dynamics and sensitive to others’ feelings.
- Presence. Meditation can help ensure that all attendees are engaged and focused on the task at hand.
- Memory. As a clarity exercise, meditation allows meeting goers to clear their minds of distracting items and make room for more information, which will be key to making good decisions or brainstorming new ideas.
- Listening. When at peace and actively present, attendees will be more receptive to hearing others' thoughts.
- Sense of purpose. Focus is more than just presence; it’s also a path toward an outcome. A clear mind helps remind meeting goers why they’re there and what they need to do.
- Leadership. Meditation promotes positive energy, instilling confidence and control in attendees — the same characteristics required in strong leaders.
Meditation doesn’t have to be arduous or time-consuming, either. Simply ask attendees to center themselves in their seats, with both feet on the ground, and close their eyes. Facilitators can then walk attendees through instructions to produce an open, relaxed mindset that can be periodically revisited throughout the session as needed.