images-7What if I told you that only 20 minutes a day of significantly doing “nothing” could improve your physical and emotional wellbeing, increase your productivity, and deepen your sense of significance?

It’s true.

I like to sit quietly for 20 minutes and just breathe. I shut down my thinking, become keenly aware of what’s going on inside me, and experience calm and total peace. This routine allows me to be totally present, and I’ve learned to practice taking this presence with me throughout my day.Meditation, or centering, or intentionally taking time to quiet all the busyness of the past or the future conjured up in the mind, is a proven and effective way to reduce images-6suffering, struggle, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, or stress. It is proven to improve cell functioning at the molecular level in the body; grow new neuropathways in the brain while shrinking the ones that cause stress; improve confidence, peace, sleep, focus, compassion, inner strength, and self-acceptance.

Knowing all this, why on earth would anyone not be intentionally meditating?

Well there’s this: “Every truth passes through 3 stages. First it is ridiculed, second it is opposed, and third it is regarded as self-evident.” – Shannon Harvey, The Connection

Take a look at the stages of truth from Ms Harvey’s quote above from my personal experience.

First, I made fun of it. For one, I sent an email to two of my friends who were practicing mindful meditation and offered them to go ahead and try the adult coloring books too while they were at it. I thought both of the ideas were dumb. (These books are more popular than ever right now. See my blog about that here: https://inspiredleadershipwithin.com/adult-coloring-books-really/)

images-5Next, I opposed it – for a long time I resisted the idea and even when I tried it, I thought it was just a silly fad. I kept giving reasons why I didn’t believe in it and why it wouldn’t work for me.

Finally, once I stopped judging it, it became self-evident to me that meditation (or mindfully connecting to the present moment) was something that was making an impact on my day-to-day life experience.

And I’m not the only one.

Business Insider recently published an article listing “14 Executives Who Swear By Meditation”. Here are just three of the 14 listed in the article:

  1. Panda Express Founder Andrew Cherng, who encourages employeesimages-3 to meditate: “I want to fix my people from the inside,” said Cherng, who regularly practices meditation himself.
  2. Former Monsanto CEO Bob Shapiro, who turned office rooms into meditation spaces
  3. Oprah Winfrey, who feels a greater spiritual connection because of meditation

Meditation is progressively coming to the forefront as common business practice as well as personal practice. Not only high profile people (like Oprah), but the general public (like me) are finding instant focus, clarity, relaxation, and a way to not only cope with stress but to prevent it altogether.

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