Meditation can be a daunting thing when you are a restless, active person. What does it even mean to meditate? What does it look like? feel like? Why do it? I was listening to a friend last night vent his frustrations. He is kicking off a really exciting project, he is enthusiastic, driven, focused and running into some walls as the people he is working with don’t feel the same sense of urgency he does. He is grateful for their help and their expertise but he wants it all now. I asked him if he meditated. He said not enough and then asked a great question…”what do you mean when you say meditate?” Quickly followed by “and for how long?” Here is my answer to him…
Meditate for 15 minutes a day – sit quietly with your back straight, close your eyes and focus on feeling your energy. Imagine a tree root (big and thick) extending from the base of your spine into the earth. Watch it travel deep into the earth. Take long, slow, deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
If it is difficult for you to clear your mind, try to watch it without attachment. Let it wander but notice if you become “involved” in the thought process and let go again. It helps to imagine erasing your mind like you would erase a chalk board. You can do this each time you feeling yourself thinking in order to clear it again. It gives our active minds something to do.
You can also, imagine a stream of energy flowing up from the earth into your spine and traveling all the way up and out the top of your head. Now imagine the same thing in reverse – a stream flowing down from the universe into the top of your head, down your spine and out into the earth. You can imagine the stream coming up as you breathe in and the stream going down your spine as you breathe out. Long. Slow. Breaths.
Meditation can really impact our productivity by increasing our attention span. It allows our bodies to process emotions and our minds to release fear, worry, and anxiety. It will improve our relationships and keep us connected and focused on our goals.