Blog Post:Headspace, the meditation experts, are on a mission. That mission is to get as many people in the world to practice meditation for 10 minutes a day, to help us experience a healthier a happier mind. We caught up with Dr David Cox, chief medical officer at Headspace to explain a little more about this mission, how digital marketers can embrace meditation and what he will be talking about at Adobe Summit in London, 14-15 May, when he takes to center stage. How did you first discover mindfulness? I'd been interested in meditation for years, but never managed to find a style of learning that worked for me. Headspace was featured in a magazine article about mindfulness, and I downloaded the app. From the first session I knew I'd found something I could incorporate into my life. The excuse "I don't have the time" didn't apply! TW_speaker_davidcoxAnd how might it help those working in digital marketing specifically? Mindfulness is incredible in its broad applicability. In essence it teaches greater awareness, of yourself and of others. Huge benefits follow, both in terms of health - less stress, depression, anxiety, bad habits, and so on - and also in terms of relationships and performance - greater focus, attention, empathy, creativity. I find it hard to imagine how anybody in digital marketing wouldn't find a benefit from more focus, empathy and creativity!   Do you see any similarities between the digital landscape and mindful meditation? Interestingly we're starting to see an increasing number of tech companies (including Google) introducing mindfulness training into the workplace. I think this is due to companies becoming more aware of the need to look after the wellbeing of their workers. The benefits of mindfulness training are embedded in science, with over 2000 studies conducted to date. What are you most looking forward to at Adobe Summit? I'm really looking forward to hearing the breadth of perspectives from key innovative thinkers! Can you give us a little teaser into what you will be exploring in your Summit talk? People have a lot of preconceptions about what mindfulness meditation is and what it entails. I'm hoping to show people how straight-forward mindfulness is, and how by putting aside as little as 10 minutes a day to practise it can help you lead a healthier and happier life. To hear more from Dr Cox you still have time to register for Adobe Summit. Plus, take part in the Adobe Summit conversation with ‪#AdobeSummit. Author: Date Created:17 April 2014 Date Published: Headline:Dr David Cox from Headspace Speaking at Adobe Summit Social Counts: Keywords: Publisher:Adobe Image:http://blogs.adobe.com/digitaleurope/files/2014/04/Adobe_Blog-Header-images_1640x920_22.jpg

Head­space, the med­i­ta­tion experts, are on a mis­sion. That mis­sion is to get as many peo­ple in the world to prac­tice med­i­ta­tion for 10 min­utes a day, to help us expe­ri­ence a health­ier a hap­pier mind.

We caught up with Dr David Cox, chief med­ical offi­cer at Head­space to explain a lit­tle more about this mis­sion, how dig­i­tal mar­keters can embrace med­i­ta­tion and what he will be talk­ing about at Adobe Sum­mit in Lon­don, 14–15 May, when he takes to cen­ter stage.

How did you first dis­cover mindfulness?

I’d been inter­ested in med­i­ta­tion for years, but never man­aged to find a style of learn­ing that worked for me. Head­space was fea­tured in a mag­a­zine arti­cle about mind­ful­ness, and I down­loaded the app. From the first ses­sion I knew I’d found some­thing I could incor­po­rate into my life. The excuse “I don’t have the time” didn’t apply!

TW_speaker_davidcoxAnd how might it help those work­ing in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing specifically?

Mind­ful­ness is incred­i­ble in its broad applic­a­bil­ity. In essence it teaches greater aware­ness, of your­self and of oth­ers. Huge ben­e­fits fol­low, both in terms of health — less stress, depres­sion, anx­i­ety, bad habits, and so on — and also in terms of rela­tion­ships and per­for­mance — greater focus, atten­tion, empa­thy, cre­ativ­ity. I find it hard to imag­ine how any­body in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing wouldn’t find a ben­e­fit from more focus, empa­thy and creativity!

 

Do you see any sim­i­lar­i­ties between the dig­i­tal land­scape and mind­ful meditation?

Inter­est­ingly we’re start­ing to see an increas­ing num­ber of tech com­pa­nies (includ­ing Google) intro­duc­ing mind­ful­ness train­ing into the work­place. I think this is due to com­pa­nies becom­ing more aware of the need to look after the well­be­ing of their work­ers. The ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness train­ing are embed­ded in sci­ence, with over 2000 stud­ies con­ducted to date.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to at Adobe Summit?

I’m really look­ing for­ward to hear­ing the breadth of per­spec­tives from key inno­v­a­tive thinkers!

Can you give us a lit­tle teaser into what you will be explor­ing in your Sum­mit talk?

Peo­ple have a lot of pre­con­cep­tions about what mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion is and what it entails. I’m hop­ing to show peo­ple how straight-forward mind­ful­ness is, and how by putting aside as lit­tle as 10 min­utes a day to prac­tise it can help you lead a health­ier and hap­pier life.

To hear more from Dr Cox you still have time to reg­is­ter for Adobe Sum­mit. Plus, take part in the Adobe Sum­mit con­ver­sa­tion with ‪#Adobe­Sum­mit.