Mindfulness starts at the beginning of your day. You will never be able to remain calm in stressful situations if you don’t know how to quiet your mind. The objective is not only to quiet the mind, but to clear it. Rid yourself of internal chatter. Think of it in the physical exercise realm. When we exercise we strengthen muscles and tone our bodies. Well, meditation works the same way, only we’re strengthening the mind. Being calm and strong in your mind will produce productivity and better decision making, and it will allow you to turn negative situations into positive ones. Once you learn how to meditate, schedule ten minutes a day to practice it. Meditation is a positive interruption, and trust me—you will be more productive. If you are unable to declutter your mind, time and stress management issues will increase over time.
Some examples of ways to meditate:
- Listen to inspirational music
- Listen to guided meditation, which is inspirational music combined with words
- Lie or sit in total silence
Your mind is very powerful so the intent is to get it calm and clear, turn negatives to positives and utilize your senses. Your subconscious mind is oftentimes referred to as your subjective mind. It takes cognizance of its environment by means of the five senses:
- Visual (sight)
- Auditory (sound)
- Kinesthetic (touch)
- Gustatory (taste)
- Olfactory (smell)
Your subconscious mind cannot differentiate positive from negative—good from bad. Therefore, it will accept your suggestions without controversy. It is the soil in which you plant the seed. With that being said, you must realize that the main function of your conscious mind should now be to protect your subconscious mind from negativity. Make this your goal, and attempt to turn negative statements and behavior into positives.
To accompany meditation, there are multiple relaxation techniques:
- Relaxation therapy
- Massage therapy
- Tai Chi
- Zero gravity
One of the relaxation methods I teach that is very effective is the zero gravity float experience.
Why do we float?
Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation, the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body. The floatation room screens out these external stimuli, creating a pure state of “sensory relaxation.” The water/solution temperature is kept at a constant 93.5 degrees–not hot or cold. Muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption all drop dramatically. Floating “resets” the body’s chemical and metabolic balance, strengthening its resistance to the effects of stress, illness or injury. Blood vessels including capillaries dilate, improving cardiovascular efficiency and increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body. This is called the vasodilatory effect.
Everything you experience while floating comes from within yourself and creates time to reflect on your life, and reports of creative and personal insights abound. With nothing to distract you, your level of creativity, concentration, and knowledge absorption is astonishing.
It assists you physically and with creativity. The effects assist with balancing your career with family obligations.
- Relieves stress
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Helps with rheumatism
- Relieves osteoarthritis
- Soothes muscular pain
- Reduces fatigue
- Helps eliminate migraine headaches
- Relieves symptoms of jet lag
- Lowers anxiety
- Decreases insomnia
- Soothes back pain
- Helps with depression
- Improves recovery from injury
- Eliminates chronic pain
- Boosts mood and leaves you with a pleasant afterglow that lasts for days afterwards
- The productions of endorphins and the removal of undesirable chemicals during floating stimulate feelings of confidence, happiness and well being.
- You reach a level of physical relaxation, which is even deeper than sleep.
- It improves your powers of emotional control.
I encourage you to embrace relaxation and meditation to help declutter your mind as you seek balance in your personal and professional lives. Go ahead, place yourself in that surreal surrounding. My client’s who have utilized the zero gravity experience with meditation have shown significant improvement in time/stress management and career/family balance. They are more productive and feel more energetic.