Meditation is now fully mainstream, like sushi. Drop-in studios are popping up everywhere to give people the time and space to stop and breathe.
It’s no longer the esoteric practice that requires you to completely disconnect from your life and travel to some monastery in a highly remote part of the world. Now you can simply pick up your phone and experience a peaceful journey in less than 10 minutes. Meditation apps like Insight Timer, Headspace, and Calm are home to millions of meditators.
Mindfulness and meditation training are a $1.1 billion industry, making up 7.4% of the $15.1 billion alternative care market in the U.S.
In 2016, Fidelity Investments reported that 22% of employers were offering mindfulness training programs. In 2019, this number continues to grow.
Harvard scientists found that meditation not only reduces stress, it conclusively and positively changes the structure of your brain.
You might appreciate this. Harvard Business Review reported that brain activity is redirected from the reactionary part of the brain (limbic system) to the rational part of the brain (prefrontal cortex). For clarity, meditation changes the way we react to everything because we’re enabled to rely more on our executive functioning more than our impulses.
In his book Mindful Work, David Gelles shares four important conclusions about insurance giant Aetna:
· A highly stressed employee costs the company an extra $2,000 per year in healthcare.
· Since offering mindfulness programs, health care costs at Aetna—totaling more than $90 million annually—are going down.
· In 2012, health care costs fell a total of 7 percent ($6.3 million) as mindfulness programs ramped up.
· Productivity gains per employee were about $3,000, equivalent to an eleven-to-one return on investment.
This study is just one example among so, so many that reveals that the benefits of mindfulness training programs are quantifiable.
The value, importance, and significance of this is huge. And, for the exponential leader, it’s just the starting point. We must go further.
To scale our purpose, mission, and vision exponentially, sustainably, we must embrace and master centeredness.