What do Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Huffington and Russell Simmons have in common (besides being incredibly successful)? Each of these thriving entrepreneurs practices a daily routine of meditation.
The Mayo Clinic suggests meditation as way to improve a person’s emotional well-being with benefits such as:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
Clearly, meditation has potential to help almost any entrepreneur. Meditation might also ward off some physical ailments such as depression, fatigue and sleep problems. There are several different types of mediation, so you need to experiment to see what type works best for you.
- Mindfulness is all about being present and letting your mind accept any thoughts that pop up.
- Zazen comes from the Japanese Buddhist tradition and is often referred to as just sitting. It is a minimal kind of meditation done for long periods of time.
- Transcendental Meditation is from the Hindu tradition. You sit with your back straight and repeat a mantra, a sacred word. You should focus on rising above your problems.
- Kundalini Yoga is the name for the rising stream of energy that exists in a human being. The goal is to become aware and “ride” that rising stream.
- Qi gong is a form of Taoist meditation that uses your breath to circulate energy throughout your organs and energy centers of the body.
- Guided visualization is a popular form of meditation that involves concentrating on an image or imaginary environment, usually done while listening to a recording.
- Heart-based meditation focuses your attention on your breathing, heart and emotions.
If you’ve never meditated, a good place to start is by asking friends and business peers for suggestions on what type of meditation works for them. You might also check out the many apps available to help you meditate wherever you are and whenever you need to.
A few noteworthy apps:
- The Mindfulness App guides you by voice or you can set it to ring bells for different meditation reminders.
- Simply Being guides you through 5- to 20-minute meditation sessions with background music or sounds of nature.
- The Headspace App has 365 individual meditation sessions and gives you progress reports on your meditation efforts.
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