THE BUSINESS OF MINDFULNESS

Claire Ross-Brown delves into the future of meditation and mindfulness,
and it’s staggering impact on businesses and people all over the world.

TEXT CLAIRE ROSS-BROWN

A GREATER PRESENCE, a sense of inner peace and, not least, more joy. That’s what you can experience after meditating for just 12 minutes a day for two months. This according to author of 12 Mimdes to Success, Henning Daverne. Meditation is now truly recognised as a strong pathway to build­ing leadership skills and achieving business success. There are countless studies and research articles on how mindfulness and meditation sharpen skills such as attention, memory, and emo­tional intelligence. Henning Daverne is one of the leading experts when it comes to implementing meditation within the corporate world. I first met him 10 years ago, when I found the prospect of meditating quite boring and yet my introduction to it with Daverne, changed my life from that day forward. Apart from the faet that Henning de­fied my pre-conceived ideas about how a mediation guru would look and act, it was the ease and simplicity of how he practic­es what he does, that enabled me to listen and learn from him. I asked Daverne to share with The International readers, some inspiration for those wanting to know more about how meditation and mindfulness can help in all aspects of their life.

  • YOU COME FROM A MARTIAL ARTS BACKGROUND, WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO ENTER INTO MEDITA­TION AND MINDFULNESS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I practiced East Asian martial arts for 30 years and profession­ally for 20, teaching all over the world with the police, military and special forces to name a few. Part of the Eastern Arts is the concept of”Body, Mind & Spirit”, where there is more than just a physical movement involved. There is a mental outlook on life, mental strategies and tools, such as meditation and breathing techniques and then there is also a spiritual component, which focuses and places great value on the “present” – being in the moment and not anticipating the next moment. So, having practiced this for many years, it was a natural next step for me to look deeper in­to the arts, which took me on a journey, over the past 25 years, where I travelled extensively to Asia and India and learnt some of the deeper aspects of mediation and spirituality from some of the leading experts in Asia.

  • IN YOUR 8OOK YOU SHARE HOW JUST 12 MINUTES OF MEDITATION A DAY CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON A PERSONS LIFE – WHY 12 MINUTES?

When I wrote the book, I was teaching meditation within many different companies, at that time much of the scientific research on meditation was conducted –

with people who had meditated over 10 years and for one hour a day. Despite the impressive sci­entific results such as; disease prevention, increased mental per­formance and wellbeing and even anti-ageing, I somehow felt that the research was not relevant for busy business people who are not prepared to spend one hour on meditation every day, let alone waiting 10 years, for the return on investment with the time set aside, in a meditation practice.

Hence, I became curious about how little time would be necessary for busy people to achieve the positive results of meditation. This led me to investigate and conduct my own research, I came across an American neurologist named Andrew Newberg, who had done a study on the benefits of 12 minutes of meditation. These findings were profound, so I decided to try to replicate these results in Denmark, together with the co-author of the hook, neurologist Troels W. Kjær, from the Neurophysiology Clinic at Copenhagen University Hospital

  • HOW DO YOU SEE MEDIATION AND MINDFULNESS IMPACTING COMPANIES AND ALL LEVELS OF EM­PLOYEES IN THE FUTURE?

We carried out an impartial report / study on the effect of medi­tation in the workplace. This was an independent test conducted over a nine-month period. The participants were employees in a Danish hospital, and in spite of the faet, that all of the employ­ees had good test results before they started the 12 minutes to success programme, the test revealed that after the nine-month programme the employees experienced:
■ Increased energy, motivation and ability to handle their role in the workplace.
■ Increased ability to focus and be present, both at home and at work.
■ Increased ability to let go of work whilst at home and vice versa.
■ Increased ability to handle stressful situations both at work and at home.

  • IF THERE IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD OF­FER ANYONE WANTING TO MAKE A CHANGE AND START A NEW HABIT WITH PRACTICING MEDIATION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

There are two pieces of advice: the first is that one needs to real­ly give it a shot and stick to it for six to eight weeks before decid­ing if this is something that you want to make part of your daily routine.

The second is, ‘what you put in, is what you get out’. If you really engage yourself with this and perhaps even if you have the chance to visit a talk or class on meditation, you will be bet­ter equipped, i.e. have a better tool kit and greater understand­ing in doing it at home. THE-INTL

Henning’s back 12 minutes to Success has just been translated to English which is wonderful for all our Inter­national readers all over the world. If you want to follow Henning’s programme, download his App: Good day medi­tation and Mindfulness, ar visit his website: henningdav­eme.dk, where you can contact him directly.

CLAIRE ROSS- BROWN

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINTECH COMPANY CASHWORKS

Claire has over 26 years, experience working as both a business consultant and octress/ singer. She hos worked as a Headhunter in London city with Investment Banks, produced an album and invests in componies. Claire is a true londoner, yet considers Denmark her home, where she lives with her family. She loves to run, box, snowboard ond wakeboard. Her column in The International is about Entrepreneurship, interesting businesses and key business people, board member af www.boernogungeinoed.dk www.cashworks.ch

19 MARCH 2019-WWW.THE-INTL.COM

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