Meditation For High Performance: Not Just For Stress
As a meditation teacher, I meet people every day who have pre-conceived notions about meditation. People assume that we have to sit in an uncomfortable position with our backs straight and legs crossed, that we have to clear our minds of thoughts, and maybe even that we need to be hippies with flowing hair, meditating in a grassy field with birds chirping and rainbows. Most people realize that meditation can help with stress management, and maybe even with anxiety and insomnia.
But did you realize that meditation is also used as a high-performance tool? CEOs, doctors, attorneys, professional athletes (think Phil Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks), and artists, of all political and religious backgrounds, use meditation for the sheer fact that it makes them better at what they do.
Why is that?
First, meditation activates the right side of our brain, which connects with our intuition and instincts. That voice is often a whisper, and can often get drowned out by the loud inner critic, which immediately follows it. You know that voice, the one that says “you don’t have the right skills, you aren’t good enough, everyone will laugh at you, you won’t make enough money”? That voice comes from the left side of our brain, which is concerned more with our individuality and maintaining the status quo. When we activate the right side of our brain by meditating regularly, we turn UP the volume on our intuition, making it easier to follow an exciting idea or creative impulse we may have.
Second, meditation takes us out of survival mode. When we are constantly stressed out, we are using all of our available energy and brain power to survive, not thrive. When we are singularly focused on trying to make it through the next hour, day, or week, we don’t have the ability to step back and make strategic and creative decisions that will benefit our professional and personal lives. Meditation gives our minds and bodies a break from stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline, and it bathes our brains in serotonin, endorphins, DHEA-S, and other ‘bliss’ chemicals, so that we are less focused on survival and more adaptable, creative, efficient, and strategic. Meditation sharpens our senses and increases our simultaneity- the ability to do more than one thing at the same time.
Conscious Health Meditation breaks free from meditation stereotypes. We sit comfortably with our backs supported, we encourage our minds to wander, and we can meditate anywhere, including offices, cars, coffee shops, and airplanes. Further, Conscious Health Meditation isn’t just for stress; it is a well-proven high-performance tool for all professions. For anyone who is bored, dissatisfied, trapped, or worse in their lives, or looking to up-level their academic, professional, or athletic performance, a regular meditation practice is the easiest way make lasting changes that will help them thrive.