Many practitioners of mindfulness meditation report feeling more connected to others and more compassionate. Aetna's CEO Mark Bertolini credits his practice and the book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Pinketty with his decision to raise wages for Aetna's lowest paid workers by a considerable 33 percent.
Mr. Bertolini said that without his experience with yoga and meditation, he might not have been inspired to act on his impulse. "It's made me question what I do and how I look at the world," he said. "It's made me consider my influence and how I treat people."
There are critics however. Dr. David Brendel writes in the Harvard Business Review about the risks of a 'bandwagon' mentality when it comes to mindfulness. He says mindfulness may be reaching a cult status where it crowds out other extremely effective tools for managing stress, making decisions and achieving peak performance.
Bottom line? Perhaps everything in moderation – even mindfulness.