Laurence Freeman’s recent talk in Singapore at the Singapore Management University about Meditation for a More Humane World has just been made available on SoundCloud. Laurence talks about the simultaneous simplicity and difficulty of meditation, global forces that reshape our existence, and how meditation can help us learn to see ourselves and our actions/interactions within a global perspective.
You can listen to this talk below:
Chade-Meng Tan and Laurence Freeman met online recently for a conversation on how meditation, compassion and joy can be transformative powers to make the world, especially the corporative world, more balanced and more human.
Meng, one of Google’s earliest engineers, was Google’s Jolly Good Fellow — the head of personal growth at the groundbreaking search company. He is now an inspiring author in this new field. He speaks with Laurence about his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.
Watch the video below:
Laurence Freeman recently led a course on Meditation & Leadership for MBA students at Singapore Management Unversity. In the group photo with students above, Laurence is next to Peter NG, WCCM National Coordinator for Singapore.
You can read below the testimonials from students of the Meditation and Leadership Course, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University:
I have found a lot of value from this Meditation and Leadership Course. I have taken away a number of valuable lessons that pertain to both my new meditative practice, as well as my outlook and approach to my life as a whole. I believe one of the greatest takeaways from the course is the reminder that I can not control my environment, but I can control how I react to it. I would be lying to say that meditation has transformed me entirely over the past six weeks, but it has definitely made a noticeable difference. Over the past six weeks, I have become more aware of how I react to given stressors throughout my day and in how I communicate with both colleagues, and close family and friends. Whether it is the meditation itself or the lessons taught in the course, I have become much more in-tuned to myself, my values, and my relationships. (Emilie Teitelbaum, MBA student, fall 2016)
Meditation and Leadership was an extremely enriching course. By starting by exploring the storied tradition of the practice across various cultures and religions, we immediately got a sense for the inclusiveness of the meditation practice. Bertrand and Laurence also brought in guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who shared their own personal experiences. We were constantly reminded not to judge our practice and to accept failure at times, which was a refreshing change from so many other MBA courses. (Sean Cahill, MBA student, fall 2016)
The course has helped me to discover my potential for great leadership. Through the meditation practice, I have become more level-headed, which has allowed me to exercise better judgment, proceed with greater perspective, and not panic when projects stray from their intended path. I am able to better handle what is thrown at me, and everything is less dramatic that way. Meditation has leveled my head and my emotional management for the better. I have a greater sense of clarity. My values are clear to me. I know exactly what I want out of the MBA program, and I have redirected my focus on making it happen. This module and this course have been invaluable to me. I have reached a greater level of self-knowledge, self-understanding, and even self-love. I recognize mistakes I have made in the past and have come to accept the things I once called regrets as learning experiences that I cannot change. (Tahira Taylor, MBA student, fall 2016)
This is one of the most meaningful courses I have taken at the B school. The course has taught me about the art and science of meditation and how meditation can help me ground my identity and lead from the center as I work my way up any organization as a leader. I would say this course is a must for everyone, as it simply teaches you the art of living a more meaningful life in your own way. (Shanthala Ashwath)
Meditation and Leadership is one of the most enjoyable and insightful courses I have taken thus far at Georgetown. Bertrand and Laurence are able to teach the material in a way that is compelling, patient, and humorous, which is ideal for students new to the practice of meditation. The class also featured several interesting speakers who were excited to share their experiences with meditation throughout the course of their lives and careers. Overall, I believe that anyone, whether a student or a working professional, would benefit from taking this class. (Moonsareen Ahsan)