One of the peculiarities of our era, the so called information or Big Data society, consists of a large amount of data to analyze and manage, especially in the sphere of business.
This is an advantage, but it also carries risks.
Today, in the era of big data, choosing the right path to pursue according to the information available can be a problem. In that ocean of data, selecting only the useful ones, looks like a real challenge. According to a research completed in 2011 by the IDC (International Data Corporation), a company with 1,000 knowledge workers loses annually about 6 million dollars for the time spent searching for information that turn out to be unnecessary.
Experts call that “information overload”: a situation that affects certainly also our psyche and which has led, over the years, to the intensification of stress and depression. Too much information to deal with, not only in business but in many aspects of our daily life, often result in anxiety and fear, insecurity, the wavering of our beliefs.
How can yoga and meditation help us in such a complex, concrete and diverse world as business?
Well, one of the precepts of kundalini yoga, a type of yoga originally created for those who live a very active life, says that our mind is not oursleves: it is easy to confirm this assumption, if we remind of those times when thinking of an event in the past, we say to ourselves: “And yet it was not me in that moment, I do not recognize myself.”
That brings up an important point, also quite obvious but often not given completely for granted: our mind is a tool, something we can observe with a certain detachment.
The theory then continues by describing three types of minds (the so called “functional minds”):
- A positive mind that says, “Do it, go ahead!” And focuses only on the potential profit that can be drawn from a given situation.
- A negative mind that examines the risks associated, the one that prevents us from crossing the street when the light is red, even if we are late for an appointment.
- A neutral and impartial mind, also called meditative mind.
The first two are in constant conflict. The conflict leads to indecision that, in business, translates to money and time lost. This is where comes in the neutral mind: it is not blurred by the desire, it is not conditioned by the fear of failure. It makes us feel and “see” a given situation from above, without rationally analyzing the pros and cons, with a natural and healthy emotional detachment. It’s like sitting in the theater or cinema, in a privileged position, and enjoy the scene optimally, enjoying an excellent view and perfect acoustics. We can see the situation for what it really is, see ourselves in that situation, analyze our behavior, understand our emotions, and above all see clearly the right path to take.In the business world, where decision making is crucial and where even one only wrong decision can lead to serious consequences, developing the mastery of meditative mind becomes a tool that any manager should begin to develop.
Alessia Tanzi – Giacomo Ciampoli