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55 August/September 2018 • TODAYSVETERINARYBUSINESS.COM Why would an activity that seems as esoteric as meditation start to find advocates among cutting-edge businesses and busi- ness schools? The simple answer: It works. Meditation Research The benefits of meditation have been confirmed by scientific research, as outlined by Emma Sep- pala, Ph.D., a researcher at Stanford University, for Harvard Business Re- view. Dr. Seppala noted the follow- ing benefits of a meditation process, as confirmed by scientific studies: More resilience. By de- creasing anxiety, meditation can help boost resilience and perfor- mance under stress. Greater creativity. Research on creativity suggests that being in a more meditative and relaxed state of mind is conducive to having greater insights or breakthroughs. Dr. Seppala proposed that this connection between meditation and greater creativity is a result of meditation encouraging diver- gent thinking (i.e. coming up with the greatest number of possible solutions to a problem), which is a key component of creativity. Enhanced emotional intel- ligence. Brain-imaging studies sug- gest meditation can help strengthen one's ability to regulate emotions. Improved relationships. By countering stress, meditation can improve relationships with others. If stress narrows your perspective and reduces empathy, then any- thing that reduces stress will have the opposite effect, improving your mood and increasing your sense of connection with others. Sharpened ability to focus. As demonstrated by two Harvard researchers in 2010, people's minds wander an astonishing 50 percent of the time. The same study was able to show that people were less content as a result of their mind wandering. Meditation, on the other hand, helps quiet the mind and im- prove the ability to focus, leading to an enhanced sense of well-being. Increased brain mass. Science is beginning to see actual physical changes resulting from meditation. In early 2011, research- ers at Massachusetts General Hos- pital became the first to report that meditation produced increases in the brain's gray matter density in a mere eight-week span. One Meditator's Experience Co-columnist Trey Cutler has been on a two-plus-year journey with For the record, all the articles published with this column are lessons in what the authors recognize they need to learn and embody. This month's topic is certainly no exception. In recent years, meditation has expanded into the secular mainstream, even among business leaders seek- ing to find ways for themselves and their teams to be more effective in dynamic and often-chaotic business environments. So, techniques that for centuries were reserved for monks are being actively taught in places like Wharton Business School and Google. Leadership GO WITH THE FLOW 1 2 3 By Jeff Thoren, DVM, BCC, PCC By Trey Cutler, JD Meditation can help reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and improve relationships. Getting there might require only 10 minutes a day. 4 5 6 meditation. Here are some of his experiences with meditation, in his own words: I felt the draw to meditate for years before I actually started to meditate on a regular basis. I can't explain why, but I had the sense for a long time that meditation was an important step for me to take at some point. Still, I allowed myself to be "too busy" for many years before I finally chose to give it a try. I found out immediately that I'm not particularly good at meditating. Although I understand that meditat- ing is not one of those things to be good or bad at, I still could see other people having different and seem- ingly more meaningful experiences through meditation. Here was (and is!) my typical medi- tation experience: • Sit down with the intention of finding some quietness/ stillness within. • Have a ton of thoughts crop up instead, like my top 10 to-do list, sex, something I wished I had handled differently, upcoming tax payments. Learn to trust the process

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