Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health

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The Impact of Meditation
Practices in the Daily Life
of Silicon Valley Leaders

Andre L. Delbecq

Earlier chapters focused in detail on specific contemplative practices, elaborating on their spiritual and psychological character as well as impacts on individual growth and functioning. The purpose in this chapter is to share how a group of varied practices become integrated into the lives of business leaders in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley has a unique culture familiar to those who read the business press. Fast moving, entrepreneurial, innovation driven, wired, hectic, and internationally linked, it is a frenzied intersection of engineering, science, business acumen, and entrepreneurship. At its best the Valley is a place that unleashes the human spirit through a culture of decentralization and empowerment, enabling creative development of products and services for humankind.1 At its worst, the Valley can be a destructive stew laced with greed, opportunism, and activism. The Valley can be a dangerous place for the spiritually confused. Without an inner compass, the unaware will lead a life of increasing stress and quite often join the ranks of “burned-out” refugees fleeing in a state of brokenness.2


INTRODUCING MEDITATION

In the last decade over 450 working professional MBAs, divided equally between men and women, and 350 senior executives have participated in an elective seminar called Spirituality for Organizational

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