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PHOTOS(TOPTOBOTTOM):©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/NASTCO,©ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/ADVENTTR,LIZAMATTHEWS,COLOURBOX.COM Is mindfulness good for business? What happens if a corporate mindfulness program inspires enhanced awareness that causes employees to question their organization’s values? It could lead to a healthy disruption, Rich Fernandez of Google tells Jeremy Hunter, a professor of management and mindfulness teacher. If an organization can work creatively with the questions that increased personal awareness might churn up, it could be a great asset. Fernandez, Google’s point man for employee well-being, says mindfulness is essential now, not simply as a tool but as an organizational way of life. “To be a truly enduring company, to succeed in complex and rapidly changing environments, peo- ple need to take on many perspectives,” he says. “You need to have practices that renew and bolster you throughout that jour- ney.” In his view, the organization that can bake in mindfulness as a deep value stands a higher likelihood of long-term success. ♦ Over the course of a year, an estimated six million Americans were referred by their doctors to try mind-body therapies, accord- ing to a 2011 analysis by researchers from the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. They used the most recent data from the National Health Interview Survey. The most commonly pre- scribed mind-body therapies? Deep-breath- ing exercises (84.4% of patients), meditation (49.3%), and yoga (22.6%). (Total percent- age exceeds 100 because some respondents were prescribed more than one practice.) A New Way of Relating Mindfulness does not depend on what is hap- pening but is about how we are relating to what is happening, says Sharon Salzberg, the author of Real Happiness, in the premier issue of Mindful. “That’s why it’s said that mindfulness can go anywhere. We can be mindful of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, beautiful music and a screech,” Salzberg writes. “Mindfulness doesn’t mean these all flatten out and become one big blob, without distinction or intensity or flavor or texture. Rather, it means that old habitual ways of relating—per- haps holding on fiercely to pleasure, so that, ironically, we are actually enjoying it less; or resenting and pushing away pain, so that, sadly, we suffer a lot more; or numbing out, disconnecting from ordinary, not very exciting experiences, so we’re half in a dream a lot of the time. All these self-defeating, limiting reactions don’t have to be there.” Is it more illuminating to explain why Jennifer loves David by invoking their personalities and histories and tastes, or their brain neu- rons? To those of us without a degree in neurobiology, it seems completely natural to refer to the mind. We talk about feeling this way and thinking of that, of re- membering one thing and dreaming of another. That’s mind talk, writes Sharon Begley in her new column in the premier issue of Mindful (on newsstands February 5). Begley, who is the author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, notes that with mind talk we would say: “I recognized my first-grade teacher in the crowd because she was wearing the necklace with the beetle scarab, which was so unusual I still remembered it after all these years.” We would not say, “A barrage of photons landed on my retina, exciting the optic nerve so that it carried an electrical signal to my lateral geniculate body and thence to my pri- mary visual cortex ...” You get the picture. That’s brain talk. The mind is generally regarded as synonymous with our thoughts, feelings, memories, and beliefs, and as the source of our behaviors. The brain, that “three-pound slab of tofu-textured tissue inside our skull,” as Begley puts it, is recognized (by scientists, at least) as the physical source of all we refer to as the mind. If you are having a thought or experiencing an emotion, it’s because your brain has done something—specifi- cally, “electrical signals crackled along a whole bunch of neurons, and those neu- rons handed off droplets of neurochemi- cals, like runners handing off a baton in a relay race.” So, what’s on your brain? SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2013 77