It is in the quietness of meditation that you are able to witness all that is inessential in your life - be it your unproductive habits, unhealthy relationships or beliefs. You can then choose to shed them revealing your inner radiance. Buddha was once asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”. He replied, “Nothing!”. “However..”, Buddha went on to say, “let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.”
Meditation is a great tool to enhance focus and bolster our inner strength. It can help us better manage our emotions, enabling us to respond to every situation with totality of spirit and action.
Reflect on the following questions:
Do you meditate regularly?
Do you practice the power of meditation in all walks of life, including business?
Are you able to focus on a task consistently, without distraction?
Do you feel stressed out and negative?
Are your activities aligned with your spirit?
Do you set aside time for contemplation and reflection?
Meditation is practiced by successful people to develop better careers and lives. For example, the cofounders of Twitter, Google and Facebook all offer employees instruction in contemplative practices.
Why has meditation become so popular among business leaders? Because it has proven benefits in improving memory and helping the brain deal better with stress. A Boston University study found that as little as 3.5 hours of meditation training could change how the brain reacts to certain emotionally charged images.
Meditation also helps practitioners become aware of negative thoughts, and thus detach from them more easily. While even the Dalai Lama agrees that it’s probably impossible to prevent negative thoughts and emotions from clouding our mind, meditation can help you let go of those thoughts. In fact, experienced meditators can let go of limiting thoughts almost the instant they surface. They also develop better problem-solving abilities, higher levels of self-discipline, and an ability to bounce back from stress more easily. Other benefits include:
- Improved sleep quality
- Greater ease returning to a relaxed state after a moment of stress
- Improved athletic performance due to greater ability to focus
- Improved immune system
Regular meditation should be a part of everyone’s toolkit in business. And the best part is you need no special tools or training – you can start right now.
Challenge yourself with the following “How to” exercises:
PLAN on meditating early morning and, if possible, near Nature.
FIND a quiet place to be your regular meditation spot, so your body recognizes this place and responds accordingly. Avoid choosing the TV room or the kitchen because these may distract you.
SIT down in a position that’s comfortable, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep.
BECOME watchful of your body. The easiest way to begin is by focusing on your breath.
DON’T fight your thoughts. Allow them to come, but don’t cling to them. The small gaps between thoughts create the power in meditation.
WHENEVER you have a problem, take a few minutes to meditate. Sit quietly and look at the sky, ocean, or birds. After a few minutes, return to the problem. You’ll be amazed at the renewed clarity that you’ll bring to the issue.
YOUR actions during the day have an impact on your meditation, so fill your day with good acts. When you serve others, it will have a positive impact on your meditation.
By Azim Jamal Blog.corporatesufi.com