It’s a well reported fact that a solid meditation practice can lead to increased success in the business world. Founders from Arianna Huffington to Russell Simmons credit success and focus to their meditation practices. Even the CEO of the most businessy business network out there – Linkedin, Jeff Weiner is a meditator. There have been an explosion of meditation apps and teachers over the last five years and I’ve tried a lot of them. However, I keep going back to my original meditation introduction pals Oprah and Deepak and their 21- Day Meditation Experience App.
I am a devoted meditator and begin most days (well maybe 70%) of the day with a meditation and my friends, family, colleagues and clients know that I’m better for it. Here’s are the three things it does for me.
- Increased Creativity – I come out of meditation with innovative perspectives that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t clear my head. The point of meditation is to NOT think, and the very act of quieting your mind helps ideas come out when you restart. Consider it a mini master reset – when your brain gets stuck.
- Increased Optimism – As an entrepreneur, independent contractor, consultant or solo-preneur – it’s very very easy to get down in the dumps when days don’t go as easily as others. Meditation has changed my experience with disappointment.
- Decreased Panic – Yep, the flip side of all the determination of being on your own can be an increased sense of overwhelm, what to do next, OMG how and when can I get it all done – I’m screwing everything up-ness!! Taking 15 – 20 minutes to meditate resets my freak outs – and I realize that I’ll be just fine and everything will get done as it needs to.
There are a lot of kinds of meditation, but my favorite is a guided Transcendental Meditation (TM). The use of a mantra or series of Sanskrit words to help the meditator focus during meditation in lieu of just following breath and keeps your mind from wandering too far. Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience App offers free 21 day courses a few times a year and you can also order one and keep it in your library for repeated use. I’ve been using them for about 7 years, so my library is quite full!
Right now, I am cycling through the Creating Abundance one led by Deepak – 15 minutes per meditation – and realigning with what real abundance means for me. It’s amazing to remember that it’s all here, right now! Look around – this is one amazing and abundant world.
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