Who has time to meditate with the fast pace of life and business nowadays?
No, you do not have to be sitting in the lotus position with your eyes closed to get best results as I first thought.
The reason I decided to write this article is because many of my clients are making themselves wrong for not making the time to meditate. They are telling me that they feel they need to create time for it to be most effective. In other words they are thinking they need to be meditating in a certain way for best results.
Can you relate to this?
I certainly can. Especially during my first attempts to meditate, with my head telling me that this is a waste of time, I have better things to do, where is this going to get me?
The monkey mind – chitter chatter – just wouldn’t slow down at all.
Yes, I had a very busy mind that would always be racing ahead.
How do I do this meditation stuff so that I can stop driving myself crazy jumping from goal to goal or project to project? Exhausting myself!!!
Trying to get it right. Only to find there is no right way. Let’s find your way.
There are many forms of meditation –
it is important to find what works best for you.
Ultimately, you want to feel like you are in a state of consciousness throughout your day for focused productivity, engaging communication and creative innovation. If not, you may find yourself reacting to situations and circumstances leaving you feeling exhausted at the end of the day.
- This is where meditation and mindfulness can support you.
Yes, meditation can consist of sitting quietly and being with your thoughts and your breath. I don’t know about you, but as a high achiever and go-getter personality style, I found that style of meditation very challenging to do in the beginning. So I chose to start with creative visualization and deep breathing for only 5 minutes, and increased the time, as I gave myself permission to sit for longer.
Today, this has expanded into what I like to call ‘mindfulness in action’.
This means that I focus on my breath being conscious to my senses, as I take action throughout the day. This supports me to become a lot calmer, present and conscious inside of each activity, without reacting to outside circumstances. From this stance, I can make better decisions because of being grounded and connected with mind and body.
- For example, if I am about to step into a meeting, I take a few deep breaths sending this into my body taking me out of my strategic mind racing ahead. With my first priority being to connect with my inner body being still in mind and body. My objective is to stay fully present to the environment, the people in the room, the language they are using, sensing what they are saying and what they are not saying.
Listening with a beginner’s mind, connecting with
all your senses will support you to become an
influential observer with inspiring presence.
Being the observer creates space to listen without judgment or pre-conceived ideas. Being the observer will support your active listening skills, which is much more powerful as you can take everything in using all your senses. If you jump in too quickly, you will not hear all. What is being said and what is not being said. You will then know exactly what to say or do that will make a difference inspiring everyone in the room.
I then take this home with me and remind myself to live being conscious using all my senses. Being fully present to my relationships at home, in my community, at work etc. creates a state of presence. This means taking powerful ownership of all your emotions.
If you have a busy mind, as I do, one of the best practices I choose is to focus on my breath as often as I can throughout the day. This creates space between your strategic mind and your creative mind.
For innovation and natural creativity to flow, it is important to create plenty of space for your mind to relax so that you can hear your inspiring vision and next steps from your innovative wisdom.
There are plenty of times I catch myself trying to work it all out from my strategic mind, to which I then push the pause button and take a deep breath; shifting my presence back into my body – not trying to work it all out in my head.
Notice whether you are getting in your own way by working harder or driving yourself to find the solution coming from force.
The best solutions will always come to you when
you are most relaxed.
I just noticed myself taking another deep breath with a slow exhalation, as I am writing this article. I caught myself realising that this is becoming more and more a natural practice inside my day.
- Let’s push the pause button for a moment and ‘take a deep breath in’ – and ‘let it go’. I know, a little corny, but it works if done consistently.
It does take a conscious reminder in the beginning and with repetition; it will slowly become a natural part of your being.
This reminds me of when I was a personal trainer of the many times I would be coaching my clients to relax their mind and body for best results through the power of the conscious breath. It’s interesting how I find myself using this simple practice personally and with my professional coaching clients today.
- Never underestimate the simple repetitive steps as they can create extraordinary results.
No matter what results you want in your personal and professional life, it is paramount to know who is showing up.
- Are you being calm and relaxed from inside out?
- Are you being present in a state of presence?
- Are you fully listening with all your senses?
- Are you communicating with language that inspires others?
Practice mindfulness in action throughout your day with greater self-awareness for best results in your personal and professional life.
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