What do Bill Ford and Rupert Murdoch have in common? They both meditate. Some perspectives about what meditation is, are based on seeing it as part of spiritual practices, as something relating to alternative practices that are not for the business minded. So here’s another perspective. Your brain has many neurons that over time create pathways based on how you think. When we experience challenging times in our life it requires us to think differently. This requires creating new pathways and opening ourselves up to new ways of thinking. Meditation is the process in which to create new pathways.
Every person experiences tough or challenging times in their life. For some it may result in failure or what feels like complete demise. Failure is a part of learning. If you fail then you know that at least you attempted or were doing something, you tried something new. The step after this is to learn from it. This requires thinking differently. To move out of highly stressful times, requires releasing stress and moving forward. However in the middle of a stressful situation we often feel unable to move or we are so consumed by fear that we demobilise ourselves. It is again in this moment that you can make a choice, either fight through and shift out of the situation or take flight. Taking flight basically is running away from the situation or taking no responsibility to change it. The fear factor is so great you choose not to confront it and to learn from it. Fear is a sign very kindly given to us to become aware of something, not to ignore it. Taking flight means ignoring the situation and continuing to stay stressed. Over time you get used to a certain level of stress. However your body does not like this as it is not natural and so it starts to react.
Meditation removes stress, as the only way to move forward, out of a challenging situation, is to go within yourself and to search deeply for the answers. This is difficult as there are so many environmental or external pressures coming down upon you and the desire will be to try and meet external needs first. But this will not work. The first step is to bring about a feeling of calm within yourself so you are then able to think differently, to learn and reflect from what has occurred and to move forward stress free. So why don’t we meditate more given there is so much evidence available to us to show it works. Fear! Going within ourselves can be scary as we fear that perhaps we are not living in the way we should be. Remember fear is there as a sign to address something not to ignore it. To ignore it means the fear grows. To address it removes the fear and you have an opportunity to learn something.