Meditation. The beauty of this week’s topic is that it is quite simple to actually do and according to lots of research it has the potential to have a major impact on your daily well being, and on others around you in that how it can transform the interactions that you have with them. You don’t have to look very far or hard to learn about the benefits of meditation. Here are just a few articles where you can learn more about how meditation helps with stress and anxiety reduction, improving concentration, increasing happiness, benefits to cardiovascular and immune health (to name just a few of the many benefits):
- 76 Scientific Benefits of Meditation
- 8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life
- Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start
- 100 Benefits of Meditation
The practice of meditation is one tool to help you to consistently achieve high performance at the levels of energy, courage, influence, productivity, and clarity you are after. Matter of fact, meditation is one of the items on the High Performance Energy Checklist used in High Performance Coaching: Meditate once or twice per day for 15-20 minutes. 15-20 minutes seems like a tall order at first, and it surely is. So let’s start small. The first step is to just get started. I’ve got a few great tools for you to help get you there.
Five tools to help you get started with meditation
- App: Stop, Breathe & Think. Free meditation app
- 20-minute meditation sound track: Moses Code Meditation (link is to Spotify)
- Book: Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path of Achieving Success, Happieness (and World Peace), Chade-Meng Tan
- Book: Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
- High Performance Habit: Release Meditation Technique
The Stop, Breathe, & Think app is absolutely amazing. If you’ve never meditated before, this app is, in my opinion the, quickest way to get you started. It has meditations as short as 3 minutes and also has a feature that allows you to check in with yourself to gauge how you are feeling, enter those feelings into the app and it suggests guided meditations. If you do nothing else, give this app a shot. Once you have some experience under your belt work in the Moses Code Meditation. It’s a 20-minute soundtrack that is wonderful to meditate to. It brings me great peace to listen to this. For those who love to read, I have found the two books I mention above to be excellent, and also happened to be perfect gifts to me from my Father (thanks, Dad!).
Finally, another tool I use is the Release Meditation Technique. This is a very simple meditation I teach to clients during the Physiology Mastery session of High Performance Coaching to add to their toolbox as a simple and quick way to help them re-energize themselves anytime they want to during the day. If you’re interested in learning more about this technique, Complete the online high performance questionnaire, for a 60-minute complementary high performance coaching strategy session. We’ll work one-on-one, briefly cover all of the areas of high performance and I’ll provide you with additional tools and tips you can immediately implement including the Release Meditation Technique.
Given the benefits of meditation, if you’re not doing it now, at least give it a try. You might find that a few minutes can make a world of difference. Here’s to mindfulness, gratitude, and your internal peace!