In today’s stressful world, mindfulness—a type of popular spirituality that strives to focus on the present moment—promises to soothe away the anxiety and stress of modern life. The Internet is full of popular cure-all mindfulness apps targeting everyone from busy urban professionals to dieters, those suffering from insomnia, and even children. advertisement advertisement We are scholars of Buddhism who specialize in social media research. In August of 2019, we searched on Apple’s App Store and Google Play and found over 500 apps associated with Buddhism. The majority of the apps centered on the practice of mindfulness. Do these apps truly promote Buddhist ideals or are they a product of a lucrative consumer industry? Health benefits As it is practiced in the U.S. today, mindfulness meditation focuses on being intensely aware, without any sort of judgment, of what one is sensing and feeling in the given moment. Mindfulness practice has been shown to … [Read more...] about Buddhism scholars: Meditation apps are fueling tech addition, not easing stress
In the book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur that I recently endorsed, Mike Michalowicz speaks early on about the importance of visualizing your goal before setting out to achieve it. advertisement advertisement He quotes Bob Marley as the best example of doing this and achieving success. Before Bob was a household name, he famously said: My music will go on forever. Maybe is a fool who says that, but when I know facts, mi talk facts. My music will go on forever Buddha said something similar thousands of years ago: All that we are is the result of what we have thought How often do you visualize the outcome of a meeting before heading into it? What about the outcome of your business or assignment at work/school? This is one of the fundamental differences between those who achieve and those who don’t: Mental attitude. advertisement Mike also quotes Henry Ford: If you think you can or think you can’t, you are right When I was growing up and … [Read more...] about Do You Visualize Your Desired Outcome Before Pursuing It?
Meditation? Yes, you read that right. In the future, I predict that meditation will be a core competency not only for successfully managing your work+life fit, but for innovation in the workplace. Why? Because meditation is simply about being quiet. And for those of us operating at an unsustainable pace, we desperately need to find some quiet, not only for our own peace of mind but for bringing the best, most innovative part of ourselves to work. advertisement advertisement Few people are aware of the power of meditation, and have little understanding of how to incorporate it into their lives. But, I’m beginning to think that might be changing. I’ve meditated for about 15 years, and it wasn’t until I met a reporter named, Judy Martin, that I found someone dedicated to making meditation accessible to businesspeople. I met Judy when she interviewed me for an excellent story on workplace flexibility for … [Read more...] about Prediction–Meditation Becomes a Core Competency