In your view, what is special about meditation?
Meditation is journey. We work our bodies through exercise. We travel through the good and the bad of life. Meditation is taking care of our mind. It is also my life’s signature. Through the activity, you grow to your full potential and develop inner strength and clarity. It is grounding. It is insight. It is the mirror of life. It is also business focus and drives solutions. It has made me a much better parent, partner, and business person. I think it’s one of those rare activities that can help everyone on the inside… and help everyone become more aware of how they can be a positive influence on the outside. I think it is also powerfully inclusive. No need to be a certain age or have a certain body type.
Why do you think meditation belongs in the corporation?
Are corporations made of people or just capital and data? If people are part of the equation then what are the key ingredients to nurture your people? We talk about culture. We establish wellness programs. We talk about leadership. We engage in CSR programs. We might even have a Google style lego room to encourage creativity. But what activities do you have that really allow people to activate core fearlessness, wisdom, joy, and empathy? My experience is that meditation is the most powerful non-religious, non-medical activity that can support inner health, teamwork, and leadership.
What character traits do your colleagues seek in you?
I recently sent my colleagues a multiple choice survey. I asked them to tell me what personality traits they sought in me. The answers were overwhelmingly from a category I would describe as “fun” and “lighthearted”. Character traits that were more serious and strategic were way down the list. Being fairly confident of my competence with the serious traits, I learned that people benefit from connecting with me when I am open and joyful. Lesson learned.
Growing up, what was your dream job?
What is your favorite place on earth?
I know that where I meditate feels perfect, wherever that happens to be. I know that I get energized by people so I guess you can say that humans have a place in my space. I know that I love traversing big cities from Beijing to NYC to San Fransisco. I also love mountains, from the Rockies to the Pyrenees to the Himalayas. Going for a hike or a trek and reaching a mountain top feels like a life well lived.
What is your most important food?
For me food is one of the best adventures in life. I am big on spicy Thai, Indonesian, Indian and Sichuan. I love healthy Mexican fusion . I love quality espresso with baklava. Big sucker for raspberry yogurt muffins. I make lots of my own food like Baba ganoush and pizza. I also tend to think of time in France as food time… where all the ingredients are so fresh and available during the Summer.
When not volunteering, what can we find you doing?
Via the Magical Happiness Studio and the Experience Agency, I provide advisory services to companies and leaders wanting to impact clients with next generation, design driven experiences. I have lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and America. I have an MBA and am a business, data, and macro economic geek. I really enjoy brand and product development as well as community/culture building. In terms of environment, I like working with small, high-performance teams that understand “the power of good.”
I feel very fortunate to travel the world and share insight with respected leaders, big and small.
Semi-retired at a relatively young age, JP realized that stress and tension were still overpowering. Thanks to his older sister, he received exposure to meditation. Along the path of exploring how meditation could relieve stress and anxiety, he started acquiring cultural concepts that inevitably started bordering on dogma and unquestioned devotion. The paradox was that the initial spark for engaging meditation was to take control and identify the sources of stress. The other paradox was that meditation and many of the supporting concepts were amazing tools to support a renewed sense of life responsibility that was fresh and positive. After years of research and experience, our founder has arrived at a remarkable place. The joy, respect, and awareness that meditation brings to life supports clear thinking and better interpersonal relationships. This experience creates a core engagement in life that supports positive personal and professional outcomes. It’s a basis from which engaging with others and being part of groups gets calmly energized. Today, the program founder is achieving goals with genuine fun and curiosity. Career and personal life have merged and gently settled into natural leadership. Ironically, these results were achieved by sitting for 30 minutes a day by himself, with family, with friends, or with colleagues.
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