Meditation has an essential role to play for women starting a new business project, focus or adventure.
Being fierce and feminine requires tools to thrive in today’s chaotic world.
Though it’s exciting to begin something new, it can also be stressful. It’s too easy to get caught up in worst case scenarios.
But in those moments if you just…
Breathe. In. Out. Just one breath. With awareness. Ahhhhhhhh! Relief!
Meditation is one of the most important tools for modern day living and working without making yourself crazy. Daily meditation is no longer an esoteric practice. It’s mainstream.
Here’s how it can help you.
Stay on the Right Side of the Productivity/Stress Continuum
It’s a very thin line that separates stress and productivity, and very easy to step over. Your To Do list is too long. You miss a deadline and you have to play catch up. Or…anything.
Meditating doesn’t mean those challenges don’t happen. It means you handle them better.
What happens around you may stay the same but YOU change.
The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side. – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
When you’re busy time seems to contract. Ever noticed that?
Here’s what usually happens.
When we’re busy we stop doing the things that keep us from feeling the stress of being too busy.
Isn’t that ironic?
By doing just ten or fifteen minutes of conscious breathing every day, it will seem like you can can s-t-r-e-t-c-h time. You’ll be able to get more done, and feel more relaxed at the same time.
Woo hoo, superpower!
The length of time you meditate doesn’t matter. The daily practice does.
Change Your Brain
Did you know that when you meditate, your brain waves actually change?
When the brain is in top gear, it generates beta waves. This is you in a normal everyday activity. Beta waves are not a bad thing.
Unless you can’t turn your mind off.
Meditation changes your brain activity and creates alpha (focus), theta (deep relaxation) or even delta (sleep) waves.
Change Your Thoughts
Have you ever lain awake at night, going over and over what has gone wrong or what could go wrong, You’re exhausted and yet your mind is travelling in a maze, looking for a way out.
Shhh, mad monkeys in my mind.
Meditation is a tool of self awareness. You can be more observant of your own thoughts.
In that state of awareness, you have more power to choose different thoughts.
Does it happen overnight? No.
Does it mean you’ll never face drama again? No.
That’s why it’s called a meditation practice. As the effects are cumulative, over time you’ll find yourself handing things differently.
Be More Mindful in Every Day Activities
When you first start to meditate, you may feel there’s a huge separation between your meditation time and the rest of your life.
However, as you continue, you will notice more awareness creeping into all your daily activities.
Dish washing can become a mindfulness practice. Walking the dog, making dinner, or any activity which leaves your mind free can become a mindfulness practice.
As you develop this skill, you’ll catch yourself before you overreact to external stimuli. You’ll find it easier to handle the ups and downs of life.
Have a Positive Effect on Normal Body Functions
Meditation’s effect on heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, cravings, and pain is documented.
However much meditation has a positive effect on your brain, it has an even greater one on your heart. The energy field generated by your heart is 5000 times more powerful than the energy field of your brain.
Start meditating and watch for changes in your heart, mind, body connection.
Your life is the best proof that it works.
Learn to Be More Comfortable With Yourself
Extroverts especially, but some introverts too, do not enjoy being still. Thoughts and feelings can come up that are very uncomfortable to deal with. Feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, and worry can make us want to leap up and get busy or run for some mindless television or a raid on the fridge.
We’re afraid of stillness because we don’t want to see what we don’t want to see.
If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. – Ani Pema Chodron
Over time you will learn to love, almost crave, the stillness and peace of meditation.
What we are unwilling to see about ourselves loses its power when we look it in the eye and say, “Hello, you again?”
Your Practice Your Way
Meditation is a practice that differs from individual to individual. Find a practice that suits you and your schedule and your temperament and get started.
NOW is a good time to start.
For free meditation resources, check out the resources page.
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