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Meditating Mends Meetings

A recent study in Kyoto, Japan found that there is a significant improvement in learning outcomes if meeting participants undertake at least ten minutes of meditation before a meeting.

Highlights of the research identified:

  • Average improvement of 12.5% across all tasks
  • Largest improvement for single task 117%
  • Largest individual improvement 21% (across all tasks)
  • Smallest individual improvement 2%

Reverend Matsuyama, a Zen Buddhist priest, who conducted the meditation session commented: “People who come to attend seminars and meetings are often under pressure and tired either because of long journeys or work based stress. If they are to take on-board new information they must first make room for it. Simple meditation exercises can make all the difference - enter the meeting in a calm state of mind, take a few deep breaths. The difference is profound and it can also have a brilliant effect in bringing out a lot of positive energy in you.”

James Kent from Kyoto Convention Bureau, the organisation behind the research said: “The findings of the survey are simply astonishing. Japan has traditionally been known for meditation and we are very happy to have some of the finest schools of meditation and teachers here. We are taking the results of the research very seriously and making a concerted effort to include them in future events and meetings.”

Kent continued: “The event industry calendar here is steadying after the recent turmoil across the country. However, this has nonetheless made the introduction of these sessions slower than we hoped. Despite these challenges, we are so convinced by the research that we are starting a campaign to persuade organisers around the world to take up the use of meditation. Above all these simple five to ten minute meditation exercises are not meant to take time away from people’s work - but to help them be more successful at their jobs.”