Meditation can bring a positive focus to our world’s leaders

Conclave participants not only discussed the value of meditation. They practised.

“Meditation is a powerful remedy for these turbulent times,” said Mr. Vijay K. Nambiar, former UN Secretary-General Special Advisor on Myanmar and also Chef de Cabinet under former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He encouraged leaders of various institutions to use meditation to succeed in today’s competitive and changing world.

Mr. Nambiar was the keynote speaker at our ‘Power of IAM Leaders Conclave’ that took place in Pune, Maharashtra. The path-breaking event brought together director level executives from government institutions, senior decision makers, opinion formers, business leaders of Indian and multinational companies, as well as top professionals from education, culture, arts, health, sports and media. The focus was to inspire and create a catalyst for the exchange of fresh thinking and partnerships.

IAM stands for Integrated Meditation Technique, a creatively conceived and designed meditation program relevant to today’s world. Amma developed the process through her observations and experiences of life around the globe.

The technique integrates mild yogic exercises, concentration on breath, sound, and soothing visualizations into a short, stimulating and easy to practise module. Different age-specific versions take just 20-35 minutes a day.

The IAM Conclave addressed the importance for leaders in varied fields to prioritize self-empowerment through meditation amidst their busy work lives. Mr. Nambiar emphasized how they could then help build ways to face disruption constructively.

He also said that the IAM technique embodies the universal compassion that Amma brings to the world, and this would help leaders build the capacity to be centered in a strong core.

Conclave participants discussed concrete and measurable actions that they could take to kick-start a meditation practice amidst their busy schedules. Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar is the architect of India’s national initiative in supercomputing and Chancellor of Nalanda University. He affirmed the fact that yoga and meditation have been a way of life for thousands of years in India.

But the guests at the Conclave did not just sit and discuss. They practised the meditation. Brahmacharinis Praveena, Niseema and Jisha are certified IAM instructors who guided them through an immersive workshop.

Since its inception in 2003, IAM has transformed thousands of lives across the world. It also has a proven success rate. Studies conducted at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research reveal that those who regularly practice IAM have lower levels of stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol. The results are observed within just two days of practice. Many other immunological benefits are also observed. Those who regularly practice IAM are proven to respond positively and calmly to high-stress conditions at the workplace.

Other guests at the Conclave included Air Marshal C.K. Ranjan, AVSM, VSM, Director & Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College; Mr. Ajay Kumar, Airport Director; Mr. Bhausaheb Patil, Director (Operations), Sakal Media Group; Mr. Pushkaraj Chirputkar, Actor; Ms. Anjali Bhagwat, Professional Indian Shooter & World Cup Winner; Ms. Rekha Dubey, CEO; Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital; Mr. Dhananjay Kumar, Director, Business Development, Thor Power Corporation; and Mr. Sunil Mutha, Western Head ACMA.

The Conclave was jointly organized by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala and the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Pune. A similar event was held in Kochi, Kerala last September.