Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there - buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day! ~Deepak Chopra
Throughout the ebb and flow of each day, I function with 1,000 tabs open in my brain. I would guess there are many of you that feel the same way. Life is FULL - and full in a good way! And in this full life, it’s extremely important to get to the point of knowing when to say no, knowing when to pause, and knowing how to recharge.
Mindfulness and meditation have helped me get to get to this point. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments when I get in my head and over-analyze, but what brings me back to reality is the practice of stillness and silence.
Did you know that spending 10 minutes a day on mindfulness can subtly change the way you react to everything? In this article, Harvard Business Review shares five tips on how you can become more mindful. Who doesn’t want to improve the way we engage with ourselves, with others, and with our work? I have found a few different ways to meditate throughout my day - actions as simple as driving home from work in silence, practicing deep breathing exercises, and taking time for walking meditations and scheduling digital detoxes (especially in our over-scheduled days).
See below for my interview with Hallie Buchanan and Lyn Talley of the Deliberate Method and their tips for a consistent meditation practice.
SS: Research has found that mindfulness training alters our brains and how we engage with ourselves, others, and our work. When practiced and applied, mindfulness fundamentally alters the operating system of the mind. Why is meditation important to you and how has it impacted your life?
Lyn: It’s been a total game changer in my life when I really committed to creating a meditation practice. It’s reduced my anxiety and created more confidence in myself. I’ve connected more to my instincts, which has helped me make better & more aligned decisions in my business and supporting my clients.
Hallie: Quality of life, ease, joy, and freedom are core components to my existence and a major driving factor in the choices that I make. Over the years of studying what makes the most impact to creating the positive shift that I desire, it has become abundantly clear that the most effective way to create the things I desire is to shift my relationship to my mind and in turn the world around me. Meditation is the key to doing that.
SS: Meditation + Mindfulness = Wholeness Why do you believe that mindfulness starts with meditation?
Deliberate Method: Mindfulness does not have to start with meditation. You can start to be more mindful simply by becoming more awake and intune to the present moment throughout your day. We initially created Deliberate Method to support individuals in living mindfully in their real life. You can certainly experience a positive shift from doing this alone, but to truly create lasting change and establish a new way of existing in your day-to-day, a consistent meditation practice is key.
SS: What are the benefits of a successful meditation practice? What are the most important elements to have a successful meditation practice?
Deliberate Method: The benefits of meditation are endless. It is one of the fastest growing bodies of research and a few of the benefits you will often find listed include: decreased emotional reactivity, improved cognitive flexibility, improved mood, improved impulse control, decreased anxiety, increased sense of calm.
We believe that the key element to creating a successful meditation practice is understanding your brain states. Rather than focus on length of time in meditation, focus on getting to the Alpha state. Rather than struggle in your meditation practice because your brain is over activated in Beta, learn how to work your brain down the rungs of the ladder, so to speak, so that you can train your brain to reach an Alpha state more regularly. This supports a reduction in stress, increased productivity, clarity, and even joy.
SS: Mindful Shift: Reclaim your headspace and dial into your ideal zone for productivity, clarity, and joy. How will this program help someone master a daily meditation? When will this start and how do we sign up?
Deliberate Method: This is a three month program and in month one, we educate people on the key factors of brain state that are critical to creating a successful meditation practice. We teach individuals our Basic 5 Step Meditation practice based on brain state. We guide them through the steps, provide context and education, alongside support and accountability.
Month two and three take them even deeper into the benefits of what a meditation practice can offer: mastering your mindset, claiming the way you want to feel and being able to access that feeling on demand, and intentionally creating a life that is aligned with your vision for yourself and your future.
Our next program starts November 5, although enrollment continues through November. Individual’s can schedule Mindset Reset Strategy calls where we will spend 30-45 minutes with the individual to determine their dominant brain state, it’s impact on their current life, and identify their goals for moving forward. If the program is a right fit for them, then we will offer them an opportunity to learn more.
To sign up for your Mindset Reset Strategy Session- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SS: What does wellness mean to the Deliberate Method?
Deliberate Method: Being balanced in body, mind, and spirit. Feeling and embodying the fullness of your experience. The natural state of life when in balance.
“Wherever you go, there you are.” If you don’t develop your relationship to yourself inside, then it is impossible to change your relationship to your life outside.
Interested in learning more about the Deliberate Method, check out their website.
As with anything that I share, feel free to reach out with questions or comments!