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Like many entrepreneurs, my journey to meditation came through suffering. While out in a friend's garden, I had some relationship problems and had a panic attack. The sun was shining and I was lying on the floor in the fetal position with no idea what was going on. I just wanted it to end.
When someone recommended meditation to me, I can remember my mind stopping by and saying things like, "That's a lot of woo woo trash".
Yes, I imagined someone under a tree. But the pain forced me to get over my judgment of people under trees.
Then I discovered a few apps like Calm and Headspace and they helped me, but while meditating I found that I was stuck within a certain amount of time, around the 10-20 minute mark. My mind came in saying things like "It's time to get down to work" and I wouldn't understand why I was still having weird, maddening thoughts.
Most importantly, when I closed my eyes to sit with myself, it brought up all the things in my life that I didn't want to admit were wrong or that I had to face to get me out of the house could meditation and go back to distract myself.
One cycle started by asking if I was doing it right, and that's how I stopped. This took quite a while until I took a trip to India where I was forced into meditation and discovered my true superpowers.
I started using meditation as a tool – but not only when I was anxious, stressed, or worried.
On this trip, the light bulbs went out because we were forced to stretch and meditate for long periods of time. We learned how to access information and reprogram ourselves. The sessions were long and deep, but the effects were downright profound.
Why? I started removing resistance. The more I removed this resistance, the easier my life and business flowed. As I increased my self-esteem, I became more focused, managed myself more effectively, and found that the self-sabotage gradually subsided.
One of the greatest things meditation did was get me out of my anxious state. Worrying about what others were thinking, rethinking decisions. I started to just do it instead of hesitating.
Neuroscience also emphasizes the importance of consistency. Whenever you start building a new habit like meditation, you need an adjustment phase for the brain and, consequently, for the whole body. Starting with a short 10-minute session and gradually expanding, it helps with neural adaptation. Your brain has to process the new habit. After this time, the brain has now created a unique memory path that is specifically tailored to a specific habit such as performance and focus.
It's like if someone wants to run a marathon and then exercise a few times a week, but never increase their distance. You won't do very well on race day.
The focus, which is one of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs, is largely due to the fact that it's not in the present moment. Meditation helps you focus because you have entered a different state of mind and your brain waves have changed.
By gradually meditating over longer periods of time, the neurotransmitters of the brain work faster and more efficiently. These "messengers" become bigger and communicate faster with the other brain structures.
In simpler terms, bigger connections for the brain are like an army with more soldiers by your side! This means that you can conquer any personal war and face your daily battles much easier and more efficiently. When we get back on track and get results, we get our strength back.
Personally, I noticed that when I broke a certain amount of time around the 30 minute mark, the chatter went away, I stopped questioning what I was doing, and I began to enjoy the process. I like to explain it this way: Imagine bringing all the sand to the bottom of an aquarium and then swirling around. This is what happens when we start meditating. The challenge is that there is an obsessive, impatient, and unpredictable need for entrepreneurs to race and hunt. This is the overactive ego (false self).
Most entrepreneurs do not meditate incorrectly. When you close your eyes (a typical meditation technique) and sit up straight, you are meditating. The mind will race. I've been meditating for over ten years and my mind is still doing this for the first 10 minutes or so.
If you want to create constant change that will last, the key to reaching the next level of happiness, flow, focus, confidence, intuition, and creativity is breaking the 30 minute mark into the hour.
Also, I am not a fan of using one meditation technique over and over again because meditation can be used for so many different areas of our life and one technique does not allow us to access all of the superpowers that arise from a deeper depth.
Many of my ideas, which have generated millions of dollars, came from certain creative meditations that I guided myself through. I have also used meditation to heal myself from addictions like alcohol and drugs. And I have used meditation to make critical decisions in my life that come from a higher state of consciousness.
If we only use meditation to feel good because we are not feeling good, we are essentially reverting to our standard operating system. But when we go beyond that – when we meditate, when we feel good, when we are constantly challenged and stretched as the mind demands of us – we raise our awareness so that we feel energy on another level. We just upgraded to the newest, fastest processor with no viruses.
In 2017 I was at a point in my business where I was completely burned out. Business did not move and I was desperate for some time off, so I took myself away and meditated 10 hours a day for 10 days. When you spend so much time with yourself, you learn a lot about who you are and how much your mind creates stories and limitations as you advance to the next level.
This level of deep work created a connection with myself that was nothing short of life changing. And now when I work with my clients, one of the main goals is to get them to their first mediation lesson within six weeks to improve their performance and happiness. While I often hear the excuse "I don't have time", I often ask the question: "Would you prefer a day of efficiency, focus and happiness or a day everywhere?"
The ego says "I don't have time" because it is impatient. For some, they rush towards an early death. Whenever I'm in a rush, I remember burnout and the effects it has on the people around me.
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Here are five tips to help you improve your meditation and improve your performance.
1. Go past the timer
You have most likely heard of becoming emotionally intelligent, but I want to get acquainted with something called energetically intelligent. This is when you are very aware of when you are in your heart, when there is energy in your body, and how to move and move it. When we develop something called "coherence" between mind and heart, we will find that our body shifts its energy. This is when the smile comes over our face, our shoulders sag, and the tension subsides. The more you meditate, the more you know when to stay and when to get out of your meditations.
2. Ask yourself questions, get answers
To gain access to your own inner guidance system, once you are in a relaxed state of meditation, ask yourself a question about a major challenge you are facing and then let go of it. Your subconscious is very powerful and often the answer comes out of nowhere. You will know if it is the answer you need because it will hit you very quickly and without emotion. Because of this, you will most likely get a lot of insights into the shower. Because on the show you let go and let yourself fall into the present moment. In the present moment, your energetic intelligence is activated.
Related: Why Meditation Works Wonders For Better Productivity In The Workplace
3. Sit by your side with a journal
One of the biggest comments I get from entrepreneurs is "but I get ideas in my meditations and I get out of them because I have to write them down." First of all, you will most likely remember what to do when you get out of meditation because the idea is in your consciousness, but one little trick you can use is to have a journal by your side when You meditate. If you keep your eyes closed and stay in meditation without breaking the state, you can write down your ideas and return to your meditation. Simple and a great alternative to completely break your meditation.
4. Meditate before you sleep
If you are struggling with insomnia, dim or turn off the lights and then sit in bed, close your eyes and meditate or have a chair by your bed (that's what I do). When you are thinking of falling asleep, it is difficult to fall asleep. So when you meditate and let go, your mind and body often relax faster. Then slip into your duvet and sleep well.
5. Swap coffee breaks for spiritual naps
This is an absolute game changer. Many times when I wanted to work out I was too tired and instead of having another coffee that made me twitch my eyes, I have a spiritual nap which is meant to be an energetic reset. I meditate lying down and then drift away for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Sometimes I don't even fall asleep, but meditation resets my energy. This is the ultimate focus and energy hack that changed my performance on the days when something is breaking my sleep pattern, such as being out on a bed. B. Travel.
Remember that your greatest asset is your mind. As we meditate and go further in, we keep evolving and growing because we connect with an intelligence that has many of the answers that consciousness simply cannot reach.
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