18 Jul 7) Perception – Mindful Meditation
One of my most favorite quotes on the subject of perception comes from Stephen Covey, who said, “If you want to make minor changes in your life, work on your behavior. But if you want to make significant, quantum changes, work on your paradigms.”
“How many of us operate at an optimal velocity (or rate at which an organization does business without sacrificing the quality of their offerings)?”
Let me ask this in a different way… “How many of us know when and how to slow things down or speed things up?”
Because, knowing when to slow down and when to speed up, and having the ability to accelerate and brake accordingly, can change the position of a company overnight!
And yet, more often than not it seems, in everything we do, we want to be quicker, more efficient and more productive. This is really just to say that we want everything to be faster.
Speed is rewarded in our society by career promotions, praise from peers, our customers, and even our own personal belief that we’re doing something well.
And yet, despite all this rushing around, we don’t seem to be accomplishing anything extra. Instead, we expose ourselves to more tasks and ideas that we pay less attention to.
Interestingly, when we’re in a rushed state of mind, we tend to only focus on ourselves. At least that is what one scientific study says. In 2015 this study was published in a peer review journal: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25602753. It found that people experiencing anxiety were more likely to exhibit ego-centric (self-centered) behaviors! The point here is rushing kills our empathy for others.
Another study published in a 2011 peer review journal proved that Mindful Meditation increased gray matter density in portions of the brain associated with:
- Emotion Regulation
- Memory and Learning Processes
- And the ability to create and initiate Perspective.
The bottom line is this, if you are finding yourself needing more of the following:
- Stabilized or leveled emotions,
- Better recall,
- Self-discipline, restraint, willpower, composure,
- Calmness in your life,
Then SLOW DOWN! And realize meditation can help!
When you’re rushing to get something done, the only thing you’re really thinking about is you.
When we stop rushing and slow down, we enjoy life more. Things are more interesting. We worry less. We care for others more. We make fewer mistakes because we’re more focused.
Mindful Meditation is a proven technique that can help you gain perspective for your business and your life!
Hölzel, B. K., Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S. M., Gard, T., & Lazar, S. W. (2011). Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Section, 191(1), 36-43.
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