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- Go past the timer.
- Ask yourself questions and get answers.
- Sit next to you with a journal.
- Meditate before bed.
- Swap coffee breaks for spiritual naps.
Like many entrepreneurs, my path to meditation came through suffering. While in a friend’s garden, I had some relationship problems and had a panic attack. The sun was shining and I was lying on the floor in a fetal position with no idea what was going on. I just wanted it to end.
When someone recommended meditation to me, I remember my thoughts going in and saying things like “that’s a lot of nonsense”. Yes, I imagined someone under a tree. But the pain forced me to overcome my judgment of the people under the trees.
So I discovered a couple of apps like Calm and Headspace and they helped me, but while meditating I found that I was stuck within a certain amount of time, around 10 to 20 minutes. My mind went in saying things like, “It’s time to get down to work,” and I couldn’t understand why I was still having weird, maddening thoughts.
But when I closed my eyes to sit with myself, I started addressing all the things in my life that I didn’t want to admit, that were wrong or that I had to face, so I got out of meditation and got distracted again.
A cycle began where I wondered if I was okay, so I stopped. This took some time before I took a trip to India where I was forced to immerse myself in meditation and discover my true superpowers. I started using meditation as a tool, but not only when I was anxious, stressed, or worried.
On this trip the lightbulbs went out because we were forced to stretch and meditate for long periods of time. They taught us how to access information and reprogram ourselves. The sessions were long and deep, but the effects were downright profound.
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Why? I started removing the resistor. The more I removed this resistance, the easier my life and business flowed. As my self-esteem grew, I became more focused, more effective, and found that the self-sabotage was gradually disappearing.
One of the most important things meditation did was get myself out of my fearful state. I was less worried than others thought and thought too much about my decisions. So I started doing it instead of hesitating.
Neuroscience also supports the importance of consistency. When you develop a new habit like meditation, you need an adjustment phase for the brain and, consequently, for the entire body. Starting with a short 10-minute session and gradually expanding, it helps with neural adaptation. Your brain has to process the new habit. After this time, the brain has created a unique memory pathway that is tailored to a specific habit like performance and focus.
It’s like someone wanting to run a marathon and then exercise a few times a week, but without increasing the distance. You won’t do very well on race day.
The focus, which is one of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs, is in large part because it is not in the present moment. Meditation helps you focus because you have entered a different mental state and your brain waves have changed.
By gradually meditating over longer periods of time, the brain’s neurotransmitters work faster and more efficiently. Then these “messengers” grow and communicate faster with the other brain structures.
In simpler terms, a greater connection to the brain is like having an army with more soldiers by your side. This means that you will be able to conquer any personal war and face your daily battles easily and efficiently. When we focus and get results, we regain our strength.
Personally, I noticed that the chatter of the voice disappeared as I went through a certain period of about 30 minutes. I stopped wondering what I was doing and started enjoying the process. I like to explain it this way: Imagine you scoop all the sand out of the bottom of an aquarium and then everything in it starts to spin. This is what happens when we start meditating. The challenge is that there is often an obsessive, impatient, and unpredictable need for entrepreneurs to run and chase. This is the overactive ego (false self).
Most entrepreneurs don’t meditate badly. When you close your eyes (a typical meditation technique) and sit up straight, you are meditating. And yes, your mind will race. I’ve been meditating for over ten years and my mind is still doing this for the first 10 minutes or so.
If you want to create constant change that will keep you going, you need to cross the 30 minute mark and move on to the hour to move on to the next level of happiness, fluidity, focus, trust, intuition and creativity to get.
I am also not a fan of using a meditation technique over and over again, as meditation can be used for many different areas of our life and a technique does not allow us to access all of the superpowers found by immersing in it.
Many of my ideas that have generated millions of dollars come from certain creative meditations that I have been guided by. I have also used meditation to heal from addictions like alcohol and drugs. And I have used meditation to make critical decisions in my life that come from a higher state of consciousness.
If we only use meditation to feel good because we are not feeling good, we are essentially reverting to our standard operating system. But when we go beyond that, when we meditate, we feel good, when we are constantly challenged and stretched, which is what the mind demands of us, we raise our awareness to feel energy on another level. We just upgraded to the newest and fastest virus free processor.
In 2017, I was at a point in my business where I was completely exhausted. Business didn’t move and I was dying to take some time off, so I went to meditate 10 hours a day for 10 days a day. When you spend so much time with yourself, you learn a lot about who you are and how much your mind creates stories and limitations since you move on to the next level.
This level of deep work created a connection with me that was nothing short of life changing. And now, when working with my clients, one of the main goals is to get them to their first mediation class over a six week period to change their level of performance and satisfaction. While I often hear the excuse “I don’t have time”, I often ask the question: “Would you prefer a day of efficiency, focus and happiness or a day everywhere?”
The ego says “I don’t have time” because it is impatient. For some who rush to premature death. Whenever I’m in a rush, I remember exhaustion and the effects that exhaustion has on those around me.
Here are five tips to help you improve your meditation and change your performance.
1. Go past the timer
You’ve probably heard of becoming emotionally intelligent, but I want to introduce you to something called energetically intelligent. This is when you are very aware of when you are in your heart, when there is energy in your body, and how to move and transform it. When we develop something called “coherence” between mind and heart, we will find that our body changes its energy. This is when the smile appears on our face, our shoulders sag, and the tension is released. The more you meditate, the more you know when to stay and when to end your meditations.
2. Ask yourself questions and get answers
To access your own internal guidance system, once you are in a relaxed state during meditation, ask yourself a question about a major challenge you are facing and then let go of it. Your subconscious is very powerful and often the answer comes out of nowhere. You will know if it is the answer you need because it comes to you very quickly and without emotion. This is why you are most likely to get a lot of ideas in the shower. Because in the program you let yourself go and immerse yourself in the present moment. In the present moment, your energy intelligence is activated.
3. Sit next to you with a journal
One of the most important comments I get from entrepreneurs is “but I get ideas in my meditations and get out of them because I have to write them down.” First of all, you will most likely remember what to do when you get out of meditation since the idea is in your consciousness. One little trick you can use is to keep a journal next to you while meditating. Keep your eyes closed and stay in meditation without breaking the state. You can write down your ideas and return to your meditation. Simple and functional as a great alternative to avoid completely interrupting your meditation.
4. Meditate before bed
If you are someone who is having trouble sleeping, dim or turn off the lights and then sit on the bed, close your eyes and meditate or sit in a chair next to your bed (that’s what I do do). When you think about falling asleep, it becomes difficult. So when you meditate and let yourself go, your mind and body often relax faster. Then take a dip in the comforter and sleep well.
5. Swap coffee breaks for spiritual naps
This is an absolute game changer. Many times when I wanted to work out I was too tired and so instead of another coffee that pushes me to my limits, I have a spiritual nap designed to reset my energy. I meditate lying down and then fall asleep for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Sometimes I don’t even fall asleep, but meditation restores my energy. This is the latest focus and energy trick that has changed my performance on the days when something is breaking my sleep pattern, such as going out to bed. B. Travel.
Remember that your greatest asset is your mind. As we meditate and go further in, we keep evolving and growing because we connect with an intelligence that has many of the answers that consciousness simply cannot reach.