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Does Anyone Really Enjoy Meditation? No, I Mean Really?

My last cartoon was about the Olympics. Ah, I miss it already, even though the ads were so frightfully interruptive, and NBC practically ignored a lot of my favorites. I have a chart over there of the most popular and most unpopular sports (including swimming, hair gel, and equestrian events), and it still makes me laugh.

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man in officeSince today is Labor Day, thought I’d make it easier for everyone (with a normal job) to go back to the office tomorrow. Maybe all that needs to change is your thinking. And here’s Harvard Business Review, just catching the tail end of the trend of mindfulness. 🙂 In their focus, the reward is for the CEOs.

Mindfulness is quickly following yoga in becoming a billion-dollar industry. It’s no surprise, then, that the popularity of meditation – one way to practice mindfulness – is also growing among CEOs and senior executives. Why are business leaders embracing meditation rather than, say, massage or ping-pong? Because there’s something to meditation that appears to benefit CEOs more than recreation or relaxation do alone.

The research on mindfulness suggests that meditation sharpens skills like attention, memory, and emotional intelligence.

I would make a joke here about ping-pong, but I have a friend who now plays for LADWP, one of the biggest employers in Los Angeles, on their table tennis team. It’s real.

Personally, I hate meditation. Yeah, I said it, although I couldn’t find ONE article to agree with me! I don’t like thinking about nothing. And, yes, I shun people who want to talk about it, too.

What do you think, am I full of hot air? Do you find it helpful?

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Does Anyone Really Enjoy Meditation? No, I Mean Really?

Donna Barstow

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