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When we say the words “physician-author-guru,” your brain probably flips to only one person: Deepak Chopra. The man acts a soothing voice in the wilderness of pop culture—hanging with Conan O’Brien, Oprah Winfrey, and the like—all while writing 50-some books. Now Chopra has taken a turn into the spiritual realm of tech entrepreneurship with the Dream Weaver, a device designed to bring your brain into a relaxed state—and now a recently released iPhone app. We talked to him about the nature of wealth, the necessity of rest, and the intersection of technology and spirituality.

When we say the words “physician-author-guru,” your brain probably flips to only one person: Deepak Chopra. The man acts a soothing voice in the wilderness of pop culture—hanging with Conan O’Brien, Oprah Winfrey, and the like—all while writing 50-some books. Now Chopra has taken a turn into the spiritual realm of tech entrepreneurship with the Dream Weaver, a device designed to bring your brain into a relaxed state—and now a recently released iPhone app. We talked to him about the nature of wealth, the necessity of rest, and the intersection of technology and spirituality.

Using modern technology like fMRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate, kind of similar to how scientists have previously looked at measuring creativity in our brains.

The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information, even after a single 20-minute meditation session if we’ve never tried it before.”

This is your brain on meditation

“When you concentrate on your inhale or exhale in a yoga posture, or on the sounds of a mantra in meditation, you are fully in the here and now. It’s only by slowing down that you can observe things as they really are, including yourself. Being in the now is hard work, but it also helps to give you some detachment and perspective on the dramas of your daily work and life.
'I would be interested in seeing studies conducted on the physical and psychological well-being of anyone trying to start up a company,' says Poikos CEO Nell Watson. ‘It’s easy to lose your grip on stuff, physically and mentally. Yoga is a powerful way of re-centering oneself and putting oneself back in the body and also in the current situation that you are in and not in the situation that you are worrying about.’”
Why coders need yoga

When you concentrate on your inhale or exhale in a yoga posture, or on the sounds of a mantra in meditation, you are fully in the here and now. It’s only by slowing down that you can observe things as they really are, including yourself. Being in the now is hard work, but it also helps to give you some detachment and perspective on the dramas of your daily work and life.

'I would be interested in seeing studies conducted on the physical and psychological well-being of anyone trying to start up a company,' says Poikos CEO Nell Watson. ‘It’s easy to lose your grip on stuff, physically and mentally. Yoga is a powerful way of re-centering oneself and putting oneself back in the body and also in the current situation that you are in and not in the situation that you are worrying about.’”

Why coders need yoga

Fast Company on Mindfulness and Meditation:
In Fast Company’s 6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture mindfulness is defined as;


"paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."


The article goes on to say;


“A mindful corporate culture will value substance over style, and stress single-minded focus over multi-tasking. Most importantly, it will focus on sensing and responding to what customers are doing right now.”



Here is mindfulness guru Ron Alexander’s Method for Mindfulness Meditation:
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, or in a straight-backed chair with your feet on the floor, or lie down. If seated, close your eyes gently; if you lie down, keep your eyes slightly open.
Set an alarm. Try meditating for between 12 and 20 minutes.
Concentrate on your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils, or on the rise and fall of your belly.
When thoughts, feelings, or sensations arise, don’t try too hard to push them away. Mentally acknowledge them, but then try to concentrate anew on your breathing.
How do you practice mindfulness in your life and in your work?
Want more on mindfulness?
Meditation Your Way To More Effective Leadership
Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind
[Image: Google PicassaWeb][Post: m.cecelia bittner]

Fast Company on Mindfulness and Meditation:

In Fast Company’s 6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture mindfulness is defined as;

"paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."

The article goes on to say;

A mindful corporate culture will value substance over style, and stress single-minded focus over multi-tasking. Most importantly, it will focus on sensing and responding to what customers are doing right now.”

Here is mindfulness guru Ron Alexander’s Method for Mindfulness Meditation:

  • Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, or in a straight-backed chair with your feet on the floor, or lie down. If seated, close your eyes gently; if you lie down, keep your eyes slightly open.
  • Set an alarm. Try meditating for between 12 and 20 minutes.
  • Concentrate on your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils, or on the rise and fall of your belly.
  • When thoughts, feelings, or sensations arise, don’t try too hard to push them away. Mentally acknowledge them, but then try to concentrate anew on your breathing.

How do you practice mindfulness in your life and in your work?

Want more on mindfulness?

Meditation Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind

[Image: Google PicassaWeb][Post: m.cecelia bittner]