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Don’t Buy into the Backlash -- the Science on Meditation Is Clear

By Thrive Global

Meditation isn’t just the latest fad to be fed into the cultural what’s-in-what’s-out machine. It’s a matter of public healthRead full story

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  • Arianna Huffington
    Arianna HuffingtonproFounder and CEO at Thrive Global

    Practically everything gets fed into the backlash machine in our culture and now it’s come for meditation, with the New York Times publishing a piece last week claiming that employers should skip meditation in the workplace because it diminishes motivation. The problem with that conclusion -- and the study it’s based on? Practically everything, which is why neuroscientist Richard Davidson and I published this response to the New York Times piece. As we write, the science on meditation goes back decades

    Practically everything gets fed into the backlash machine in our culture and now it’s come for meditation, with the New York Times publishing a piece last week claiming that employers should skip meditation in the workplace because it diminishes motivation. The problem with that conclusion -- and the study it’s based on? Practically everything, which is why neuroscientist Richard Davidson and I published this response to the New York Times piece. As we write, the science on meditation goes back decades and is beyond clear that it enhances practically every quality all employers should want in their workforce. So stick with the science and disregard the manufactured backlash!

  • I just conducted a study. It says meditation works wonders. It has a sample size of one.

  • Mitch Eiven
    Mitch EivenFreelance Writer

    We’re in a era where even the most harmless activities will offend the proclivities of a minority of chronic malcontents who are distressed or offended by things that have no effect or nothing to do with them. Fortunately, these two particular researchers have invested time, resources and energy on opposition research that will fall on deaf ears. Corporate leaders who already received ROI on workplace meditation are not not particularly concerned with functionless data the defies what they’ve seen

    We’re in a era where even the most harmless activities will offend the proclivities of a minority of chronic malcontents who are distressed or offended by things that have no effect or nothing to do with them. Fortunately, these two particular researchers have invested time, resources and energy on opposition research that will fall on deaf ears. Corporate leaders who already received ROI on workplace meditation are not not particularly concerned with functionless data the defies what they’ve seen with their own eyes, personally experienced and calculated onto their balance sheets.

  • If you’re part of the backlash against meditation, you’ve probably got too much time on your hands. There is basically nothing to criticize. It’s like hating kale.

  • Backlash, outrage… Frankly, this is all part of an endless media cycle to hype actions and reactions, over and over. We’re all complicit. I prefer to live in the gray areas, the spaces where there’s more than just two sides, for or against. This meditation issue is just the latest in this endless back-and-forth. If meditation works for you, who cares what anyone else says? And if you think meditation is the dumbest thing ever, then who cares if other people do it? It’s all just silly.

  • john carver
    john carver

    I meditate at work, for at least ten minutes a day. it's probably the only thing that keeps me sane during the work day. I'm sure my pace slows a bit, and I'm also sure I'm a bit more distant during and immediately after my meditation while I recenter in the real world, but my overall stress diminishes greatly. So, short term, yes, I'm almost certain my productivity is down. But long term, I'm a more resilient, calm, and focused worker, which means more to me than a smile on my face.

  • Glenn Marques
    Glenn Marques

    Meditation has always been a tool that I learned about in high school and have always used to help clear my mind when I had too many thoughts cluttering my mind it has always served me well especially when I had a hard time going to sleep it’s been a big help in dealing with myPTSD it’s not the end all be all but used in conjunction with therapy and medication it it’s fantastic!

    Maj. Glenn H. Marques USAF (ret.)

  • Sherry Garcia
    Sherry Garciaeducator, mother, global citizen at

    I am a moving meditator. It gives me peace and focus

  • Shyloh Maksymchuk
    Shyloh Maksymchuk

    Interesting read.

  • Stephen Desjardins
    Stephen DesjardinsDentist at CDSD

    Good for YOU

  • Zio Jon
    Zio Jon

    Meditation empowers individuals.. So.. its frowned upon by those whom desire to oppress such awakenings.

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