I'm calmer, less stressed and find this new relaxed state enhances my ability to work effectively and retain information. I've also noticed a significant enhancement in my ability to problem solve situations.
Nikki, TV Producer, London
We live in an information-rich world, with demands coming at us from all angles. Deadlines, quotas, productivity reports and workplace stress can sometimes seem like overwhelming monsters trying to ruin our lives.
It’s all too easy to let work get on top of us.
How does Vedic meditation help?
People using Vedic meditation find that they have improved organisational clarity, and an increased ability to come up with new ways of approaching tasks and solving problems. The executive functions of our brain are much more active when we meditate, and we foster more coherence within the mind.
We also process information more clearly and can make more effective judgements. We are much freer of decision anxiety and find ourselves far less constrained by irrational ‘what ifs’. As a result, we make better decisions.
There is a wonderful test that demonstrates this perfectly. It is often used to examine fighter pilots and to measure their levels of speed, accuracy and calmness in the heat of battle. Normally, when we engage a relaxation technique, our senses become dulled and our reaction times and processing capabilities fall. However, for those practising meditation using personalised mantras, speed, accuracy and calmness of reactions have been found to increase by up to 40%.
And when it comes to executing the decisions we make – or those made for us – we find that our enhanced interpersonal skills and increasing ability to relate (brought about by our increased perception and less stressed manner) mean we can achieve consensus. So it is easier to inspire others to achieve objectives in a way that is much more smooth and efficient.
Task management becomes easier and problems become no more than achievable creative challenges.
It all adds up to greater efficiency in everything we do, increased physiological stability and an overall uplift in productivity.
What’s more, if you’re into sports, many of the same factors that allow us to be more effective in the workplace also foster greater capability in the sporting arena.
My efficiency has gone through the roof! I'm now finishing work at 6 pm rather than the 8 pm finish I always used to do.
Stelios, Marketing Consultant, London
What's the proof?
Vedic meditation leads to a 0.4 (significant) to 0.8 (very large and significant) improvement in intellectual performance metrics such as fluid intelligence, mental efficiency, practical intelligence and creativity.
Vedic meditation also improves ‘field independence’. This results in greater clarity of thought, improved memory, greater organisation of the mind, greater ability to assimilate and structure experience and increased creative expression.
Greater levels of a deeply held sense of positivity are one of the hallmarks of this technique.
A study from the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that when you’re consistently feeling positive, your productivity rises by 31%, you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion and nearly ten times more engaged at work.
Research on Vedic meditation has shown that practice of this technique within organisations can significantly increase job satisfaction, performance and job productivity, improved relations with supervisors and co-workers, reduce job worry and tension and improve decision making capability. These benefits have been found in employees across every level of an organisation.
Although initially skeptical, I booked a course with my fiancee largely for her benefit. The (rather selfish) benefits I felt I could derive from such a technique was to structure my work productivity better, being an overly ambitious entrepreneur. And yet, four months on, wow! What an unbelievable difference and improvement I see in the structure of, not just my work productivity, but my life. With such a fantastic teacher, and now friend, in Will I am truly blessed to be where I am – a better person, intrinsically and extrinsically more successful and more controlled and focused. Thank you. I can’t say that enough.
David, Digital Marketing, Manchester