Guest post by Sarupa Shah.
Some might say this is an unusual post for the community but it’s time for something new! We might be somewhat into the year but the opportunity to break old patterns and try something new is always NOW!
The benefits of meditation are pretty well known and scientifically and medically proven so meditation has elevated itself from the alternative, shoeless hippy sat on some mountain top. Or the old outdated view of some guru or yogi in India meditating for years and sacrificing all else as the point of life is living in the real world with balance both in the material and spiritual spheres after all. Anything else is off balance and sacrifice.
While this isn’t a discourse on spirituality and living, let’s agree that spirituality is something that is pertaining to your soul and spirit, it is a personal expression of both in your life. How you express this is your uniqueness in balance.
Back to meditation, with the known benefits…
- Activates part of the brain that are dormant…dare I say it can make you clever-er?
- Reduces stress signals in the brain
- Reported to increase creativity
- Aids better sleep
- Helps you concentrate more
- And a whole lot more too…
..you can understand why a lot of people talk about wanting to meditate and many more actually do it.
Meditation as I have shared earlier has moved from the hippy dippy image or the guru on a mountain top type of image as it has real benefits in life and business.
I wanted to share with you how you can develop a meditation practice in 2014 or at least return to one with more power s it makes a difference to your life and business. If you already meditate then I wanted to encourage you to keep up with this practice and share the benefits you have experienced in the comments below. Of course encourage others to come and read this article as my mission is to start a meditation revolution and as you asked it is going very nicely so far but there is still much to be done!
Meditation is more than just feeling good!
More and more businesses are introducing mindfulness practices into their organizations and meditation is part of mindfulness. From Google, to Apple, to Proctor & Gamble to name but a few…and as entrepreneurs and small business owners it is important to have practices that will support you to stay well, stay focused and stress free. You deserve it and it will support you in getting your gifts out in the world, so a win win don’t you think?
To inspire you here are my 5 steps to developing a meditation practice:
1. Set the intention to meditate! Sounds obvious but it is crucial and often missed. The best approach is to write down your BIG WHY. This helps bring your intention to light and to your heart and deals with reasons why you can’t meditate or why you put meditation off for another day!
2. Discipline! Discipline is about commitment. Ask yourself what will it take for YOU to be committed to meditation? For example, do you need to wake up earlier in the morning, if so how much earlier? Note however: This doesn’t mean you say well I don’t have room for a special meditation corner and sanctuary so I must wait. Meditation is an inner journey so your external environment is not relevant but of course privacy and some quiet is helpful!
3. Don’t do the all or nothing approach! From having a wishy washy relationship to no prior practice of meditation; it isn’t sensible to think I will sit for 30 minutes daily. Sometimes I meditate for that long but this isn’t about quantity it is about quality and practice. Start with a few minutes of meditation instead. Set yourself up for success rather than confusion and avoidance! A few minutes of meditation can be better than ‘wondering mind that has been forced to sit quietly for 30 minutes’ if you catch my drift. Also as I shared above the point of life is to live and participate in life fully, meditation isn’t a place to hide from the world it is to enhance your life!
4. Get professional! Now I don’t mean go and become a meditation expert or teacher but why not go to a meditation group, virtual or local? Why not purchase some meditations so you don’t use your meditation time sitting quietly creating mental to-do-lists?
5. Treat every day as your opportunity to meditate. If it has been a few days, weeks or more then make today the day you get back on the metaphoric meditation bike. Start back at point one and don’t forget to meditate.
Over to you are you inspired to reconnect or take up the practice of meditation? Can you see the benefits and are you excited by them…? Please do share in the comments below.