In January, I was fortunate enough to speak to Diane Grady about meditation. Diane is one of the founding members of a group of business and community leaders in Australia called ‘Practical Wisdom’ and has herself been on the board of a number of large Australian public companies for over 15 years. The Practical Wisdom group began about 12 years ago following a dharma talk given by Sogyal Rinpoche at the Australian School of Management and a question he posed: “Is this relevant to business?” The response was an overwhelming “Yes” and since then the Practical Wisdom group has gathered each year to receive further teachings on meditation and Buddhist wisdom. In addition, the group also now meets for a few hours each month to practise meditation together.
The idea behind the group, as Diane points out, is that in addition to the benefits that the individual members of the group may derive through meditation practice and teachings, these business and community leaders also have the opportunity to take these practices and teachings out in to their workplaces and so bring benefit to a much larger number of people.
Diane attests to, and is an example of, the benefit that these teachings and practice bring, not only to herself but also to the many people and organizations she has influence over. Here is a short clip of Diane where she talks about some of the benefits she has experienced and describing some of the situations where she applies meditation.
Diane: Meditation @ Work from WhatMeditationReallyIs on Vimeo.