Mindfulness Reduces Race Bias

Sometimes, people argue that mindfulness is another fad of wealthy, white folks. Of course, in truth, mindfulness is all about becoming a better person and so it shouldn’t concern us who takes it up from that perspective.

Still, there are important issues of injustice that need to be addressed in this world, and it’s a horrible to think that we might contribute to one of them through mindfulness practices–especially such an important issue as the racial inequality that persists in our society today.

That’s why it was so encouraging to discover the research that shows that mindfulness practice helps to reduce race (and age) bias. It does this by getting us to slow down with our judgments. We all–blacks, whites, and browns–make quick judgments based on stereotypes.

Let’s slow things down a bit and start seeing the person behind the body.


Salesforce creates mindfulness zones

Geekwire has reported that Salesforce, one of the world’s fastest growing software companies, opened a new 19-story Office Tower in downtown Bellevue, in the Seattle area in a mindful way.

Each floor of the building has a “Mindfulness Zone,” where employees are encouraged to leave their digital devices behind to have some quiet time.

It is not the first time they’ve stepped into this area. The company invited 50 monks to their “Dreamforce conference” last year. Part of the reason may be that Salesforce’s CEO, Marc Benioff, is a well-known meditator.



Forbes explains the neuroscience behind meditation

A recent article in Forbes offers a bit of insight into what’s going on neurologically when we meditate, according to Nicole Gravanga.

It turns out that the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) is the part of your brain where different data intersects to bring together a complete picture of the world around you. Meditation strengthens the ACC by engaging this part of the brain.

Gravanga says that people with weak ACCs tend to live either focused on logic emotion. You only see half of your world.

The benefits of having strong ACCs goes beyond accessing both sides, however. Studies show you also gain a higher pain threshold, a greater feeling of life happiness, and lots of other good things.

Business Insider’s list of 14 executives who swear by meditation

Mindfulness practices are sweeping the business world. In this article here, Business Insider gives details on 14 high-level executives who have a serious meditation practice. Many of them have even created meditation spaces in their workplace.

Heading up their list is Ray Dalio, pictured here. Ray is the founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world.