Meditation: The Key To Your Success
I’ve been on a quest for success these past few years. I know, I know, success can mean many things to different people and yes, I’m talking about all of them! Success in my personal life, my family, and friends. Success in my career. Success in my financial standing. Success for my community. In this quest, I’ve read many self-development books on successful people and have learned much from the techniques and ideas I have absorbed through my reading. However, there was ONE daily habit in common with all of them. Meditation.
What exactly does Meditation do for the Highly Successful?
Believe or not, Meditation is proven to help with mental and physical health. Hard working people such as business owners and professionals commonly suffer from similar side effects that come with leading a high-stress lifestyle. Meditation increases productivity which impacts on your professional and personal life in general while decreasing negative feelings such as stress and anxiety. Meditation also improves cognitive functioning and opens the mind to promote creative thinking – something which most successful and driven people use to their advantage.
Meditation also helps develop and increase levels of love, compassion, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. This relaxation practice teaches individuals how to have complete control over their body through internal exploration and breathing. Meditation, in layman’s terms, is literally about finding a quiet place to sit, you can listen to music or sit in silence, and just focus on… nothing! Sounds challenging, I know. But focusing on nothing, but your breath is the best part of meditating.
Essentially, meditation is said to clear your thoughts, help you find clarity, improve the use of your intuition, gain perspective, grow self-awareness, and heal all sorts of personal and business struggles. In fact, professionals from all different industries report that Meditation has made them ‘better leaders’.
I hear you asking? Where I even begin? How can I make meditation work for me?
Before you start, you need to be aware that there are different types of meditation for different personal goals you want to achieve in life:
- Mindfulness Meditation: A state of awareness of sounds and activities happening around you. This is helpful if you work in a noisy office or live in a noisy area of town and want to learn to block out those sounds.
- Spiritual Meditation: This is a calm, quiet type of meditation, but more religious and focused on spirituality.
- Focused Meditation: This is where you focus on an object, sound, thought, or mantra. This teaches you the organization of your thoughts and often includes relaxing music. If you are allowed to use headphones at work, then you can practice this form of meditation right at your desk!
- Movement Meditation: Meditation in which you focus on your breathing and body movements. Moving your body in repetitive movements such as circular motions, or swaying motions can calm you and help clear the mind – useful after a stressful, long day at the office.
- Mantra Meditation: This is the type of Meditation I am most familiar with based on seeing it in movies and TV shows. You know the one… where people make the ‘Om’ sound. The reason this sound is made is so that you practice focusing fully on just one sound. This type of meditation is best done in the comfort and peace and quiet of your own home.
Here are some basic meditation instructions specifically for those of us who consistently lead high-stress days, and looking to clear their heads:
Step 1. Practice twice a day 15-20 minute meditations.
Step 2. Close the door, sit, take a deep breath, and close your eyes.
Step 3. Take a second deep breath and while breathing outwards release all tension in your body. Do this twice.
Step 4. Focus on yourself and/or your breathing. Become aware of how you are feeling, what’s on your mind or who is in your space. Release those thoughts (you may have to do that throughout this exercise until you become familiar with the act of releasing thoughts) and bring your focus back on your breath.
Step 5. Take more deep breaths in and out imagining yourself releasing anything that is cluttering your mind or space.
Step 6. Keep doing this until you realize your only focus is yourself and your breath and not your thoughts. You should begin to feel calm and centered.
Step 7. As you are concluding your meditation, you must set your intention for your day. How you want to feel, what you want to accomplish. Do so confidently knowing that no matter what happens throughout the day, you can always a take minute or two to close your eyes, breathe and find your center, the source, the calm and power within you.
Side Notes for The Road:
There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
There is no limit to who, what, when, where or how you meditate.
There is only one way. Your way.
Meditation is one of the most helpful, cheap, and beneficial relaxation tactic students can use.
Now imagine how much more successful YOU would be if YOU just meditated.
What have you got to lose? Now sit back, breathe and find some time to relax!