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David Gelles

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David Gelles is a reporter for the New York Times, covering mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, and Wall Street. You can find most of his most recent work on DealBook.

Before joining the Times in September 2013, he spent five years with the Financial Times. At the FT, he covered tech, media and M&A in San Francisco and New York. In 2011 he conducted an exclusive jailhouse interview with Bernie Madoff, shedding new light on the $65 billion ponzi scheme.

David is writing a book about mindfulness at work, bringing together his 15 years of meditation practice with his work as a business journalist. ‘Mindful Work’ will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015, and will explore the growing influence of Eastern wisdom on Western
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“By slapping the word mindfulness on new products and services simply to make them fashionable, these corporations are making the word itself somewhat impotent. “Mindfulness” is at risk of becoming the new “organic.”
David Gelles, Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

“Other research continues to prove how our immune systems benefit from mindfulness. In another study of how mindfulness can improve health, UCLA researchers worked with HIV-positive adults in the Los Angeles area. Over the course of an eight-week MBSR training, just like the one given to the Promega employees and the one I took in New York, the Los Angeles group did not change their HIV treatment in any way except for meditation. And yet something dramatic happened. The CD4+ T cells, which are the so-called brains of the immune system, and the ones targeted by HIV, stopped deteriorating in the group that practiced mindfulness.”
David Gelles, Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out

“But Jackson also used less conventional teaching methods. In one drill he would lead the team in breathing exercises, getting all the players to synchronize their respiratory rhythm. “It helped align them on a nonverbal level far more effectively than words,” Jackson wrote. “One breath equals one mind.”
David Gelles, Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

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