When Samantha Keen worked as a Financial Journalist, the intensity resulted in Chronic Fatigue, which she overcame with meditation research and practice. Her practical and effective methods have helped clients thrive in demanding environments for over 15 years.
I am very enthusiastic to be part of the Wall Street Coach’s launch of meditation and executive coaching. Meditation is now a part of a broader trend that corporations across America are beginning to include in their programs, thereby giving their teams a competitive edge while improving their employee’s skillset at managing highly stressful environments. In my 15 years experience with meditation, about the same time spent working as a financial journalist, and 10+ years of working with clients in coaching and therapy formats, I find the combination of these techniques help people make the shifts they need in their lives and therefore help them achieve long lasting goals. One of the country’s leading spokespeople on meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, published a paper in 2003 showing that if you took people in a high tech work setting under very high levels of stress and trained them in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in a randomized clinical trial, they showed a shift in activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in particular locations that earlier work had shown was related to the processing of emotion while under stress.
As part of the team at The Wall Street Coach we have put together a program for executives that combines meditation with coaching techniques especially formatted to reduce stress, improve your ability to focus and find big picture goals or direction. While this combination of coaching and meditation is a new phenomenon, the incorporation of meditation into the corporate environment is not new.


Meditation in a group is fantastic for building team work, as long as everyone in the group is on board and really wants to do it.
Still, it is good to know that it is not just our team that provides these results, there are many studies showing that people get a lot out of meditation-style techniques. The benefits of meditation combined with coaching makes this an exhilarating launch, and we are excited that it also precedes the attention that Kim’s new book, Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future, will illicit.
The combination of meditation skills with coaching is exciting to me because it is a new and innovative way to help executives defeat stress, succeed in their pursuit of big picture life goals, while connecting them to a deeper sense of satisfaction and well-being. Studies do show that meditation-based techniques give people fundamental changes of consciousness. There are many styles of meditation, so here we use meditation techniques to take you into the core of your own knowing, beyond the rational mind which often gets stuck with logical thinking, and into the more creative parts of your consciousness where the magic of insight happens.
Many financial firms are introducing meditation of one kind or another for their employees, some with significant positive results.


Up until 1983, only three peer-reviewed studies on meditation had ever been published, according to the article To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating, by Katherine Burton and Anthony Effinger published on Bloomberg News May 28, 2014. Kim speaks about the importance of meditation and mindfulness in this book and I think you will be surprised and inspired when you read it. For example, in just 8 weeks of meditation the brain can be re-wired, which improves the ability to learn. Our whole approach is crafted to give you a new level of vision or insight into yourself and your life, and then provide perspective enabling you to take practical steps in your life or career that will create lasting change. It also improves memory skills, creates better executive decision-making and opens up new perspectives; all important functions to have yet it also helps you to run at optimal levels even when under stress, according to studies from Massachusetts General Hospital.



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