Mindful meditation techniques have been used for centuries as a means of reducing tension, alleviating anxiety and helping the practitioner find new levels of peace, tranquility and self-understanding. In the modern world, this becomes increasingly important as people are growing more and more invested in technology and disconnected with each other and themselves. That may be the reason why meditation has become so popular in Silicon Valley as of late.
What is Mindful Meditation?
Mindful meditation is an effective tool in finding relief from suffering and pain that works by allowing one to recognize their own inner wisdom. It requires you to accept the here and now – live in the moment and accept the thoughts and emotions that you experience, not judging them as good or bad, and them simply letting go of them. This act of letting go allows you to uncover thoughts and feelings that you may have been previously unaware, letting you to go deeper into the present moment and dig down to find the roots of your inner self.
Silicon Valley Meets Mindful Meditation
As the technology world becomes more aware of meditation benefits – largely through exposure to the practice while creating smartphone apps and other programs for practitioners – they have started to embrace the exercise in tranquility. According to San Jose Mercury News, some of the world's biggest technology companies, which are largely located in California's San Francisco Bay Area known as Silicon Valley, have been offering tech workers meditation opportunities, and it's making the region one of the most renowned for the practice.
"There are more teachers of this in the San Francisco Bay Area than any other place in the world except Toronto, I'm told," Renee Burgard, a Los Altos mindfulness-based psychotherapist and educator, told the source.
Google has taken the lead in incorporating meditation techniques into the daily lives of its employees. As Wired magazine reported, the search engine giant offers the Search Inside Yourself training program (which is also open to non-employees) as well as classes in energy management and special mealtime gatherings called "mindful lunches." The tech behemoth even installed a labyrinth for walking meditation. Other bigwigs embracing meditation techniques include Twitter and Facebook, which hold in-office meditation sessions. The aim of these initiatives is to train the brain, get the synapses working and stimulate creative thinking.