Meditation is almost mysterious.
In our guts we know it probably has got some benefit, but most of us have no idea how powerful meditation really is it’s important place in a successful lifestyle, and therefore, rarely meditate.
Why is meditation so misunderstood?
Well, like most aspects of wellness and healthy living, once they get pulled out of the context of living, and are turned into industries and goals, genre’s and institutions of behavior and for some life pursuits into of themselves they become less practical.
Setting a “goal” to meditate one hour a day or live a life in quite meditation (which, as Katsumoto from The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise would say “would not be a wasted life”) but when making a goal out of meditation the purpose of idea can get lost.
Not say that you won’t still get some benefit if you set a goal to meditate and follow through, that’s not the point; but when you make goals out of aspects of living that enable you to achieve your real goals and you don’t do it perhaps because you are unclear as to it’s purpose, it becomes a tail chasing experience. One wonders why you might not be achieving bigger goals in your life when you can’t follow through on the personal practice of meditation or eating better or working out…
The key word here is practice. Meditation is a practice so that you can do something greater. The same would be true of eating a Nutrient Rich diet. Why are you eating healthy if you aren’t trying get some where in your life in a particular kind of style. That’s why the practice of meditation is part of your lifestyle.
I can’t tell you how many really smart people I meet who struggle with making time for meditation and what they don’t realize is that life is a meditation. When you really understand what meditation is you realize that in it’s most practical form, it’s the stilling of the mind and listening to your source.
When Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai was battling Katsumoto’s guard to no success in a practice session. the leaders son, said to Captain Algren, “no mind”. What he meant was stop thinking.
Meditation helps you get in touch with your source, staying calm and listening to the unfolding and then using your mind to steer your energy where you want it to go. And while that and many other descriptions of meditation can be explained, the description just provided can happen while you are in the midst of the intensity of the day or sitting with legs’ crossed on a mountain top.
This morning, I read one of the first articles that tells me the world is coming around to the PerformanceLifestyle view of seeing all mindfulness (or mindlessness depending on how you look at it) wellness, health, energy management and fitness… life “practices” as part of the lifestyle to achieve your goals and live the quality of life you want. It even references the idea of a high performance lifestyle.
In an article on meditation?
That is unusual, but I suspect it will become more commonplace.
Notice who wrote the article; a corporate Trainer who knows how to share the benefits of this ancient practice and put it into the context of the performance culture we live in today.
Contact Name: Subodh Gupta
Role: Corporate Trainer
Company: Indian Foundation for Scientific Yoga
Traditionally you would never see the two mix.
Corporate leaders often have to perform at high levels of personal effectiveness and productivity and that, too, under constant work pressure.
They are constantly involved in analyzing, planning, strategic decision-making and reading, which need superior brain power.
The most practical and effective tool to increase brain power is the daily practice of the meditation which improves cardiovascular health, reduces harmful stress and develops the whole brain.
Meditation is often considered as a practice for relaxing, however, people fail to realise that meditation practice can actually act as a effective tool for boosting brain power.
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