In Silicon Valley, Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career

Hippies become high-tech billionaires and then turn back into hippies! What is happening in Silicon Valley?
Unlikely as it may sound, meditation has really taken off in the corporate HQs of the computer homeland. Google has an ongoing series of classes for its employees including 'Search inside Yourself', 'Neural Self-Hacking' and 'Managing Your Energy'. More than a thousand employees have done the 'Search Inside Yourself' training. Also on offer are silent mindful lunches and a labyrinth for walking meditation.
Where Google leads others follow. The cofounders of Twitter and Facebook have made contemplative practices key features of their new enterprises and some 1,700 people showed up at a Wisdom 2.0 conference held in San Francisco this winter, with top executives from LinkedIn, Cisco, and Ford featured among the headliners.
However meditation here isn’t an opportunity to reflect upon the impermanence of existence but a tool to better oneself and improve productivity. Forget past lives; never mind nirvana. The technology community of Northern California wants a return on its investment in meditation. They are also using it to improve their 'emotional intelligence' and every company knows that if their people have EI, they’re gonna make a shitload of money” says Search Inside Yourself founder Meng.
So is this fad a con, another way to make more money, or is it a revolution in corporate thinking? Well, while many other Silicon Valley companies are teaching their employees to meditate, Facebook is trying to inject a Buddhist-inspired concept of compassion into the core of its business. The implications are staggering - a billion users on Facebook being influenced by Buddhist thinking?
This is a must-read piece from wired.com - it could be the future!

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