Google Goes Buddhist with Motivational Meditation

Jul 10, 2013

Illustrative Photo by Flickr user AlicePopkorn

What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of Google? Probably "search," right? It's a natural answer, as the search giant has been revolutionizing the indexing of the internet since 1998. But what about meditation? Sounds like a stretch. Google employee 107 – otherwise known as Chade-Meng Tan - is working to change that.
Tan created an in-house motivational meditation course for "Googlers." The course, aptly named "Search Inside Yourself," is based on Buddhist-inspired mindfulness meditation techniques, science and organizational psychology. It aims to help overworked, stressed out employees turn into happy, peaceful, self-aware and effective employees – valuing them not just as assets to the business, but also as family members, friends and members of society.
Over the past four years, the course has taught over a thousand people about five key elements of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Yet another reason to apply for that great job at Google!

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