A Catholic Priest who has spoken on meditation alongside with these business world leaders, Fr Lawrence Freeman, was recently in Sydney.
Fr Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, spoke to Sydney business leaders of the benefits of meditation for leaders in all areas of society, just as he has at Georgetown University with Dalio, Gross and Hagan on panels in the past.
While some may be surprised that high flying business leaders are spruiking the benefits of meditation, Fr Freeman says it makes sense.
“Meditation delivers fruit in your life in health benefits such as reduced blood pressure, better sleep patterns and addiction control. But it also delivers what we in the church call the fruits of the Holy Spirit: things like love, gentleness, kindness and self control. All of these create a change in your ability to be an effective leader.”
Future business leaders are also seeing the benefits of meditation. MBA students at Georgetown University, Washington, have flocked to Fr Freeman’s meditation course, to the extent that it is oversubscribed.
Meditation is a practice that allows you to better utilise your entire brain, rather than just your analytical, rational faculties.
For many, a meditative state is achieved by repeating a mantra — a series of words that do not have a direct meaning to your life. Importantly, while repeating the word, or series of words, you try not to get off course while repeating the mantra.
Most people are initially frustrated by this experience as their minds continue to interrupt the peaceful flow of the repeated mantra. Frequently, the analytical mind intrudes and begins evaluating the exercise: “Why am I doing this?” Or, “Am I doing this right?” Or, “When will this end?” Yet, as Freeman points out, “Saying the mantra does not make you distracted; it actually reveals how distracted you are normally.”
The business leaders mentioned above and Fr Freeman say that it takes meditators less time to make decisions and that meditation is a brilliant stress reducer.
While meditation is an individual activity, Fr Freeman said at his Sydney talk that one of the ways that people are assisted in their progress as meditators is to meditate with others. It is helpful to be part of such a meditating community to receive motivation to keep going.
ACU offers Christian Meditation in the Chapel on each of its campuses every week. Sessions last for 30 minutes:
For further information contact Tony Hoban: Ext 4592, firstname.lastname@example.org or Campus Ministry on your campus.