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Why Mindfulness In Business Is Booming

Why Mindfulness In Business Is Booming PostMindfulness has come a long way in the past few years as it’s popularity continues to increase among men, women, and children alike. It’s being heralded as the next big business boom as benefits like less stress, increased productivity, improved focus, and a stronger business culture make it a no-brainer business decision.

The question though is this just a fad or will it fade away into the background once the novelty has worn off? To answer this question I think it’s important to look at what’s happening in the world around us today and where we are collectively headed.

It’s no secret that we are in an era of disruption as technology continues to not only change the way we connect with each other but also the way we do business. Even job security and stability in business are rapidly becoming a thing of the past as businesses struggle to keep up with their competitors.

I don’t think it’s any coincidence either that people in general also appear to be more anxious about the future and less focused and balanced in their own lives. Really, our lives should be getting simpler and our time being more freed up as technology advances but the opposite appears to be happening.

I have no doubt that meditation and mindfulness is not only going to continue to be in demand but it will ultimately become a must for just about everyone who is over-stressed in their lives. Yes, it also has massive business benefits but that is just a flow-on affect from each individual finding more peace and calm in their lives.

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Mindfulness Business Benefits

Here are some of the main reasons why meditation and mindfulness is good for business:

1. Improved Decision Making

When we are able to step back from our thoughts and be able to notice which thoughts are reactive and which thoughts are productive then our decision making process instantly improves. It means we can let go of the knee-jerk reactions that may cause us to make fear-based decisions instead of empowered ones.

2. Better Focus 

Recent studies in the workplace show that employees are finding it harder to stay focused at work and as a result it’s having a negative impact on productivity. This has led to a rise in demand for focus management training among business. Mindfulness is one of the simplest ways to help to train the mind to stay focused no matter what’s going on around you.

3. Happier Relationships

By being more mindful when relating to others it’s easier to stay calm, and focus on being open and receptive, rather than becoming aggressive or defensive in communication. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to enhance empathy towards others and decrease negativity.

4. Reduced Stress

When you practice mindfulness on a daily basis then you are going to get the best results from it which includes helping the mind and body to unwind from the busyness of the day. It also helps you to become more mental  and emotional resilience to everyday stress while giving you a stronger sense of calm and balance.

 5. Improved Problem Solving

One of the really cool things that mindfulness helps with is to access the creative parts of your brain. When this happens then it gets easier to see solutions for problems that may not have been available to you if your mind was stuck in focusing on the problem rather than looking for a solution.

The fact is that the business environment is going to continue to get more disruptive as time goes on. That’s why there’s such a big rise in people now looking to move away from getting paid a wage to build someone else’s dream and instead embrace their inner entrepreneur.

If that’s you, or even if you are still working for someone else, then now is a great time to get started on adding in a few minutes of meditation into your day.  This will help you to enjoy more calm and peace of mind no matter what direction your life moves in.

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Meditation On The Go For Busy People

Meditation On The Go For Busy People PostIf you find it challenging to get up early to do your morning meditation, or just couldn’t be bothered later in the evening because you’re too buggered, then this might help. Regardless of how crazy your day gets, there’s always an opportunity to do your meditation while on-the-go.

How To Do Meditation On The Go

After practicing both passive and active meditations over the years I’ve come to love being able to apply meditation to almost anything and everything that I do. It’s helped me to stay centered and calm even in the most tedious of tasks or most stressful of circumstances.

Here are some of my all-time favorite times and places to meditate to help keep your mind clear and your energy levels high.

1. Brushing Your Teeth

If you haven’t yet tried meditating while brushing your teeth then your in for a treat. Instead of brushing your teeth on autopilot you can easily bring a little mindfulness to it so that it becomes a meditation for you.

The way it works is to keep your attention focused on the feeling of the bristles of the toothbrush moving over your gums and teeth. Anytime you notice your mind wandering, just bring your attention back to feeling the sensation of the toothbrush in your mouth.

2. Driving Your Car

This may sound a bit strange that you can meditate while driving your car but actually it’s quite natural. It’s also quite easy to drive on autopilot as can be experienced when you hop in your car to go somewhere and then find you’ve arrived at your destination without really consciously recalling the drive.

One of the ways to be more mindful while driving is to switch off your stereo so that you can pay more attention to your body.  Notice any tension in your body such as in your jaw, or the way you are holding the steering wheel, and then let them relax.

Then as you drive also be more aware of the traffic and environment around you. Let your awareness expand in all directions including the front, rear and sides so that you are in-tune with what’s going on. Any time your mind wanders just bring your attention back to feeling your hands holding the steering wheel and keeping your grip firm but relaxed.

3. Doing Housework

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Whether you are cleaning dishes, tidying up a room, or taking out trash, everything around the home can be done with more mindfulness. The way it works is quite simple. Before you start any housework take a moment to look at the way things are without any judgment. If the floor is littered with clutter, then just notice the shapes, colors and sizes of each object.

At the same time notice any thoughts or feelings that arise to do with what you are looking at and just let them come and go without getting caught up in them. Then, take a moment to center yourself with a few slow, deep breaths and start out slowly on your task at hand.

Notice how your body is moving, the rise and fall of your breath, what you are doing with your hands and feet, and how each object feels as you touch it and then put it away where it needs to go. Then notice the absence of the object in the room (or how clean the dish is if you just cleaned one), and notice how it feels to be making space in your home.

When you’re completely finished with your task, then look at the transformation that you have created in the space around you and notice how you feel about it. It’s highly likely that you will notice that you feel calm, refreshed and energized, instead of drained by something you were judging the whole way through.

The simple rule of thumb for turning any activity into a meditative experience is to be more present to what you are doing. Instead of rushing from one thing to the next never really taking the time to enjoy what you are doing is a recipe for both burnout and feeling unfulfilled in your life. Slow down, be present and enjoy the journey as then your life will feel so much more inspiring.

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Why Meditate?

why meditate postIf you’re new to meditation and you’re not yet sure about whether it’s for you or not, then your ‘why’ will be what motivated you to give it a go. For most people this will have to do with having less stress, more happiness and peace of mind.

When I first got into meditation it was because I was having panic attacks and anxiety brought on by severe hardship in life circumstances. I didn’t want to take medication for it as to me that wouldn’t have dealt with what was causing it, so I began to research how anxiety worked and what could be done about it.

That led me to studying the nature of the mind and how meditation could help break free from anxiety loops that fearful thoughts kept re-creating. I was hooked from my very first meditation. I had never experienced such a deep sense of calm and peace by doing something so simple.

As time progressed and I found it easier to increase the amount of time I meditated. I started out with 20 minutes and day and worked up to an hour of silent sitting meditation. After a couple of years of sitting meditation I decided to branch out and study a variety of different meditation techniques that all claimed to work on different parts of your life.

Some meditations were to help relax the body and experience a deep calm, whereas others were focused on specific things such as wealth creation, healing the body, being more compassionate, opening to deeper self-love, more intimate relationships and even spiritual awakening.

I never dreamed that meditation could have such a wide impact on so many different aspects of my life.  What was even more mind-blowing was that typically within 7 days of starting a new meditation I would start seeing the results of doing them show up in my life.

Benefits of Daily Meditation

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While there are numerous scientific studies that definitively show that meditation is good for your mental and physical health, I’m a firm believer that common sense is also good for your health. If you are constantly stressed, work ridiculous hours, don’t eat well, and rarely get a good nights sleep, then no amount of meditation will help.

Along with meditating to quiet the mind and help slow us down for awhile so we can unplug from the world around us, we also need to be making sure that we are not driving ourselves into an early grave.

I see so many people who are always rushing around doing things all the time but they seem to neglect the one thing that really matters and that’s themselves. There’s absolutely no need to ever rush no matter whats going on in your life and in fact rushing does more to create stress and accidents than just about anything else.

So why would an intelligent human being feel the need to live a-in a constant state of chaos? The only reason I can think of is because they have become accustomed to it.  Just like if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water it will jump straight out, yet if you put it into a pot of cool water and slowly heat it up, it will boil – people are just the same.

We get conditioned to our way of life. Even if that looks like being constantly over-stimulated, overwhelmed, and overly distracted. All of which causes our mind and body to go into over-drive which results in stress and tension building up inside us. If this stress and tension is not released then eventually it will have a negative impact on both our inner and outer worlds.

Meditation is just one of the ways that we can reduce stress and tension in the mind and body. For it to be effective though we have to be disciplined enough to meditate every day for at least 20 minutes a day. If you’re life is relatively stress free then you could get away with less time meditating, if you need it at all but that’s more an exception than a rule.

When I was in my early 20’s I used to work hard all week and party hard on the weekends. The result was that I was often sick and not able to function at my peak effectiveness in any area of my life. After I started meditating I instantly felt calmer on the inside. This eventually led to working for myself and becoming a conscious entrepreneur.

To me the main benefit of daily meditation is who we become as a person as a result of learning to meditate. After 20+ years of meditation I have become a calmer, wiser, happier, healthier and more loving human being, who gets to get paid for what I love to do and serves others in the process to achieve the same.

I see the real benefits of meditation as freeing up the mind and creating a deeper connection with a more authentic version of yourself. This version is one that lives more from their heart than their head and trusts their instincts implicitly. So if living your true potential is of interest to you, then perhaps you should give meditation a go.

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How To Meditate Deeply In Just Minutes A Day

How To Meditate Deeply In Just Minutes A Day PostI love to mediate and I am a huge fan of what it can do to transform the quality of your life.

It wasn’t always that way though. I had to struggle through a variety of meditations and meditation teachers until I found the ones that helped me to get out of my head and relax deeply in minutes.

How To Meditate For Beginners

Even though I have been meditating for 20+ years I still consider myself a beginner meditator.  This way it keeps my approach to meditation fresh so that I don’t get stuck on the idea that I know everything there is to know about it.

In fact, I never know what my experience of meditation is going to be from one day to the next but this is precisely why I love it so much. It keeps me curious as to how meditation can impact my life and the lives of others that I connect with. Most of all though, it helps me to not have expectations around my meditations.

If you are new to meditation, or have been dipping your toe in the water for awhile but haven’t yet made your mind up if it is for you or not, all I can say is don’t give up. The only real enemy to experiencing all the benefits you hear about that meditation offers is the mind.

The last thing your mind wants to learn is how to be quiet – it hates being quiet. That’s why most people find it so difficult at first to meditate. It’s purely because the mind needs to be trained that it’s okay to slow down and even be silent for awhile.

You see, for the ego, which is really just the conditioned mind,  it feeds off never ending thoughts and feelings about anything and everything it can wrap itself around. When the mind goes quiet, then the ego is not needed so it means it has to take a back seat for awhile.

That’s why people in general find it so challenging just to relax and be at peace with their lives. It’s because the ego doesn’t want to let go of being in control because when it does then for those moments it actually goes into the background and is not needed. This is exactly why some find it hard to go to sleep – because the ego doesn’t want to let go.

So when I think about the best way to explain to you how to meditate deeply when your new to meditation, it has to include the understanding that when you start out there will be an initial conflict with the mind until it you train it to let go.

How To Meditate Deeply

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Now, this conflict can be resolved in minutes from the very first time you meditate. It’s just a matter of how you work with your mind. remember, the mind’s job is to stay busy and active, whereas in meditation you are asking it to give you some space to let go of thoughts and feelings for awhile.

The secret to quieting the mind is in the type of meditation you start out with. I would recommend you either do an active meditation like walking, running, or dancing, where you get to work with your body to help your mind quiet down, or do a mindfulness meditation.

Either of these will work in helping your mind to want to let go and relax. I specifically like mindfulness meditation because it uses the approach of being non-judgmental towards the mind and thoughts which in a sense validates the mind and gives it what it wants – attention. Once it knows that it’s not in danger, then it quiets down of it’s own accord.

Once you get the knack of being able to be mindful or your thoughts and feelings, then it is a cinch to meditate because you quickly start to have a sense of being detached from the mind and body. When this happens, then meditation happens naturally of it’s own accord.

The best way to really get a feel for what I am saying though is to have your own experience of it.  Once you discover just how easy it is step back from the busy mind and quickly find a deep calm to arise inside you, then you will be hooked for life.

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Meditation For Courage And Fearless Living

Meditation For Courage And Fearless Living Post 1You might be wondering what meditation and courage have to do with each other? They actually compliment each other perfectly, let me explain why. To achieve anything of significance in life requires courage and the more successful you want to be, the more courage it will require.

What is Courage?

Courage is like a muscle in that the more you work it physically and mentally, the bigger it gets. Courage starts with the mind. If your mind is frozen in fear then courage will be nowhere to be seen until will power is stronger than your won’t power.

Even if we do physical acts that challenge us to step up and be more courageous, before we can a single step forward we still need to make a decision to take action. That decision comes from the mind. Once it is made, then taking the step into courage is simple, but until then our fear stands in the way.

Courage can be learned – just like most of the skills that we need to cultivate in order to live the best version of our lives possible. The only requirement is that you are willing to face your fears instead of giving into them. Every time you step into the unknown and put aside your fears your courage muscles grow and it gets easier to use them again.

No matter what it is that you want to achieve in your life courage is probably the most important skill you will ever need to learn, It’s what will help you to step outside your comfort zones so that you can live your life fully, freely, and authentically, without compromising yourself in any way.

Every time you feel challenged, that’s when you need to step forward towards the challenge. That’s how your courage grows and your spirit starts to fly free. The more steps you take, the more you start to feel that your life is an amazing adventure in which there are no limits to what you can be, do or have.

As you become more courageous your fears start to disappear and your joy for life, and the adventures it brings, brings new meaning to your life. This is when you truly start to feel alive and that you have all the internal resources you’ll ever need to make a difference not only in your life, but in the lives of all those you seek to serve.

Meditation For Courage And Confidence

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As courage starts with the mind it makes sense that what we need to become aware of is when the mind is fixated on fear. Here’s how we can use mindfulness to double, triple or even quadruple our personal courage and let go of fear:

Step 1: Notice when the mind is holding you back from saying, being or doing something because of a fear.

Step 2: Accept these thoughts and feelings. By not judging them, you are sending a message to your sub-conscious mind that it’s okay to be afraid.

Step 3: Allow any fearful thoughts to come and go without getting caught up in them, just like you would watch clouds float by in a clear blue sky.

Step 4: Put your hands on your lower belly and feel your breath connecting all the way to this part of your body with each breath in and out. Do this for a few minutes.

Step 5: Let go of both the mind and body and be still for a minute or two to allow your energy to balance.

Step 6: Open you eyes and take immediate action on whatever it is you were holding back on. Don’t think about it – just do it. It doesn’t matter how big or small the step is, just do something towards proving to yourself that what you want is more important than what you fear.

Step 7: Reward yourself for taking action. It can be as simple as giving yourself a pat on the back.

If you follow these simple steps to facing fear and developing courage using nothing more than being mindful of the choices you are making with the mind, then your life will rapidly start to become the adventure you always dreamed it could be.

The more you do this, the more courage you will have. And as you become more daring and courageous that’s when your health, wealth, relationships, happiness, and quality of life, will take off in leaps and bounds. Most of all you will have a sense of confidence and certainty about yourself and your life that can never be taken away from you.

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