Meditation as a life toolFirst I want to de mystify meditation. How about we call it something different so that you will not approach it with pre conceived notions: Let’s call it giving your mind a break for a few minutes so it will operate and function more effectively. I believe this is more important than ever given the pace of life these days and the ubiquity of technology use. Some folks are “over thinking” meditation. I am no monk or zen master, but study after study shows how amazing this practice is for your health, emotions and general sense of well being. And there is no chanting required or sitting in your underwear, unless you want to. The basic concept is to simply sit with our eyes closed. Our brain will initially jump around like a crazy monkey from random thought to random thought. Slowly let the thoughts just fade away and perhaps focus on a mantra. The mantra can be a simple phrase like “so-hum” as you slowly breathe in and out. Over time and with practice, this activity calms the mind and nervous system and allows someone to think more clearly. It may even help think more clearly when it comes to managing our money and resources. You would not run continuously forever without rest. You would not run a piece of equipment forever without a break and maintenance. Same goes for your brain. How the brain goes the body goes. Here is the simple method: Sit in a quiet and comfortable place. Make note of how your thoughts are racing from one thought to the next. Gently guide your thoughts back to your steady breath.
Meditation and MoneyI truly believe a practice like this can help a person manage their life and finances. It does not need to happen in some special place. It could be for 5 minutes in your car. 5 minutes at your desk or 5 minutes before bed. Ideally you would want to shoot for 2 times a day and for a longer duration.
I believe meditation can have the following positive effects on a person’s finances:
- Meditation helps me focus in on what’s really important. I realize it doesn’t matter the fancy clothes I wear, or living in an expensive house, or what my title is. What really matters is having positive engagements with others, living a healthy life of True Wealth and being present to help my family and friends. This helps me relieve any desire to keep up with the latest expensive trends, therefore saving more money in the long run.
It calms anxiety. I think a lot of people impulse shop to calm anxiety or mask depression. Studies have shown that meditation helps alleviate this. If the root of the anxiety begins to calm, then there will be less desire to impulse shop and waste money.
People who practice meditation are generally healthier. This could lead to significantly lower health care costs down the line. Health care cost management is a huge factor in the practice of financial indolence, therefore anything that will reduce these costs is a plus.
Better focus could lead to higher income and wealth building potential. What if you had a secret technique to improve your brain function, focus and efficiency? You do, meditation. This practice could help the mind focus and develop new ideas. It helps me execute on the projects and ideas that I want to complete.
So pick up a simple book about meditation or take a class. You may be surprised how much it helps to give your brain a break from the thousands of minor thoughts bouncing and racing around. Your brain is your single most important wealth building tool, so take good care of it so it can care for you.