If I told you that I know a way of improving your performance at work and in the gym by doing absolutely nothing would you believe me?
With more and more high performing athletes and entrepreneurs coming out publicly stating that they accredit daily meditation to their personal advancement, I don’t think you can look the other way any longer.
The benefits of this simple, ancient practice could literally turn your life around.
Life is so busy
Escaping our world of loud noise and high pace is not easy. We as humans will function at a pace that is beyond the comprehension of anyone who does not live in a developed country. You’ve all seen the movie Tarzan and how he freaks out when he is introduced into a city. The cars, the noise, the food, the phones, the continuous stimulation is something we are conditioned to, however we are unknowingly allowing our health to be affected by living this way.
Our Central Nervous System is on guard protecting us all day every day. You could be in the deepest sleep but be woken because the body has recognized a threat and wakes to keep you safe (how freakin cool is that!).
Our guardian angel stands guard, receives information, translates it and then sends out messages to the right army (network of organs, cells and neurons) who will perform any requested task necessary to keep us functioning.
If the CNS anticipates a threat it will release the necessary hormones like adrenaline to allow us to fight. If we are sick the messages go out to our white blood cell army to head off to the affected sight and clean it up. The body is constantly working for normal homeostasis, but what we do to add to that workload is appalling – people strike for poor pay and conditions at work but who’s standing up for the overworked internal frameworks of our bodies?
If you constantly live in a state of stress, anxiety, pressure, expectation, anger, you will certainly wear out your body’s ability to perform. You may feel like you are coping with it all but there may be signals your body is sending through to you – do you ever experience:
- Poor sleep
- Constant need for caffeine or other stimulants like caffeinated drinks
- Need for sugar
- Bowels not going or going too often
- Cloudy head and being ineffective at work
- Frequent cold
- Using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to relax
“Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes”
If you can see that this may be of benefit to you and you are tempted to try it out, i can entice you a little further with a breakdown of the great benefits meditating 20 minutes a day will give you!
- Reduces aging
- Lets the CNS release Serotonin (feel good hormone)
- Improves immune system
- Increases energy
- Increases attention span and memory recall
- Improves sleep
- Improves your ability to react calmly in stressful situations
The interesting thing about meditation is that 20 minutes can equal 8 hours of good sleep. You will never come out of Meditation and feel groggy or cloudy headed which you can after a sleep – the opposite will occur. You will be bright eyed and bushy tailed. Your mood will have improved; you will feel energized, more focused and effective.
“Meditation gives you rest, deeper than the deepest sleep,”
Sri Sri Ravi Shanker
Meditation is something many high performing athletes and business people have used as their secret weapon in gaining an advantage over their competitors.
Take 11-time world champion Kelly Slater (the most successful sportsman ever). Prior to entering the water, he will walk near it’s edge and bend down with his board. He becomes still and clears his mind preparing for his time of competition. There is often hundreds of people standing around him making noise, yet he is able to find clarity and quiet in this chaotic setting.
Lebron James has a basketball skill set that is beyond recognition but there is something that sets him apart from any other champion. He has an ability to tap into a meditative state that almost slows the game down for him and allows him to rebound, shoot and pass with ease.
Lebron’s most infamous meditation experience occurred during the 2012 NBA Playoffs when he used a timeout to individually refocus. You can check out the video here:
From the NBA to the Olympics, more and more professional athletes including Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Olympic gold medal-winning volleyball players Misty May-Trainor and Kerry Walsh have turned to the benefits of meditation to help their performances.
The practice can help improve an athlete’s mental game by reducing stress, increasing focus and attention span, and boosting emotional well-being.
Meditation allows athletes to easily enter a training flow (or ‘zone’) where they transcend conscious thought and enter a heightened state of effortless and unwavering concentration. This state stops distractions from creeping into their minds and potentially harming their performance.
This sense of ease and effortless concentration can be obviously helpful in a work environment also – do more with less effort.
Meditate to be a happier person
I have been meditating for over 3 years now and the biggest benefit I can see for me personally is my ability to be mindful. Mindful to the internal dialogue I have with myself and mindful to the presence of fear or any other counter productive emotion that may come up in my day. Have you listened to what you are constantly saying to yourself? Is it productive and empowering? Or is it depricating and unkind? If you believe in the law of attraction then perhaps consider what messages you are constantly sending to yourself and the world.
I meditate once a day, generally in the afternoon, and it has assisted me during the past few years of great challenges. I can proudly say I have handled some extremely hard situations with grace because I have found a practice that helps keep me centred. It took me a long time to feel confident in meditating in my own way; guided mediations were a brilliant start for me so if you feel like trying it I suggest you try these from Gabby Bernstein.
I would love to hear your experience with Meditation in the comments below! If you practice regularly share how it has helped you. If you haven’t previously tried it but this article has given you a small push then share that too