Meditation is one of the hot topics amongst many successful personalities today. The likes of Tim Ferriss, Jonathan Fields, Jonathan Mead, and Pat Flynn amongst others, all advocate the benefits of morning meditation practice. But why all the fuss?
It was only three years ago that I was a disbeliever of the potential benefits in ’sitting and doing nothing’. I was in a period of my life when I was stressed from work, suffering anxiety attacks, and on medication to control anxiety based depression. To sum it up, I was a mess.
That all drastically changed when I started questioning my psychology, focusing on my health, and talking to my supportive friends about my troubles. This turned out to be most valuable, as I was introduced to a new tool for my self-betterment arsenal. Although it took a while to coax myself to accept sitting still as a means of progress, meditation has turned out to be a game changer, and a habit which I will take with me for life.
Quieten the buzz, make way for your inner brilliance
Do you find your mind buzzing between your to do list, KPI’s at work, what you’re having for dinner that evening, and the annoying Facebook post you read at lunch time, all at once? Wow, I’m feeling overwhelmed just writing about it! If so, it’s likely you’ve got a case of busy mind syndrome...
For so long, I suffered from this syndrome, and I had no idea how much it affected my day to day life until I managed to quieten my mind using meditation.
So, if you’ve never tried it, then why would you want to take up meditation?
Well, there’s plenty of benefits that I’ve seen arise from my practice, including:
Meditation gives clarity to my thoughts, my focus, and increases my levels of creativity.
Imagine your office was overcrowded with clutter, rubbish, mess, and to top it off, your colleague is tapping away to his favourite beats in the cubicle next door. All you want to do is to get your stuff done, but how can you with all the distractions? The mess never seems to go away, work keeps piling up, and your colleague doesn’t seem to get the hint. This is your busy mind without meditation.
How can you expect to access your true inner brilliance if it’s constantly bombarded by a mess bouncing around inside your head? The key is to quieten the buzz with meditation, and let the quality thoughts roam free in the space that’s created.
How to meditate. It’s easier than you think
The truth is meditation is easy, once you squash the limiting belief that sitting still is wasted time.
A note from Jason: To make your meditation even easier, I’ve put together a Morning Meditation Cheat Sheet which will guide you through the process step-by-step. It’s a PDF you can print out and put in front of you as a guide.
There are many types of popular meditation practices, but the one that I use is a form of mindfulness and zen meditation based on the book, ‘The 8-Minute Meditation’ by Victor Davich. The following is a step-by-step guide that I use each and every morning, with excellent results.
If you’re finding it hard to stay focused on your practice, here are some helpful pointers I’ve used.
Meditation gives you the edge. Keep it sharp.
If you thought meditation was an airy fairy thing that only spiritual people or monks do, think again.
There are many successful people that have realised the power of a meditation practice in their daily lives, including Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs, and many more. They (and I) attribute much of their success to this essential morning habit, so why not make it yours?
Meditation will level up your game, if it’s used consistently and habitually as part of a morning routine. When used in conjunction with your morning journal, you’ll be able to plan your day ahead effectively and act with clear and decisive purpose. Your time in meditative silence will help you gain perspective of what’s truly important in the moment, and prioritise your time according to thoughts of success, not of mayhem.
Remember: Results will be few and far between if you don’t take action, and make meditation a part of your morning ritual. Don’t forget to download the Morning Meditation Cheat Sheet to cement your commitment.
So, are you up for the challenge? Have you already started to meditate? What’s your experience?
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Hi, I'm Jason, founder of Kickstart a Cause, teaching you to unlock your true potential and create a life you were born to live. When I'm not inspiring greatness in others, I can be found travelling the world exploring the beauty of nature.
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