Good morning, class :-) Let’s breathe, shall we? Let’s start with some agreements (you know how groups often start with this, and someone says things like confidentiality or no advice-giving and we raise our hands like good little boys and girls). Consider these “permission slips” please:
You don’t have to still your mind.
You don’t have to shave your head.
You don’t have to sit still.
You don’t have to close your eyes.
You don’t have to find a guru or be spiritual or let someone’s karma run over your dogma.
You don’t have to figure out how to be in the present moment or try to control what is happening when you meditate.
You don’t have to be a good boy or good girl. :-) (Actually, you’ll be encouraged to not perpetuate that if it’s been a subconscious, self-sabotaging pattern in ways, so stay tuned for that exploration.)
You don’t have to be in tranquil silence, in pretzel leg position, burning incense in a temple. (A busy airport might be a great practice lab- we’ll explore why together.)
You don’t have to feel great after you’ve meditated.
Want an even longer list? Here’s an article with 34 misconceptions.
You don’t have the read the long article. :-)
You don’t have to meditate!
There are levels of the benefits and practice of pause. It includes meditation/ mindfulness practices, yet can also refer to inspired leadership work, coaching, a thoughtful, awareness-shifting group & homework, deeper inner re-programming, a time-out or transition in your life, and vital strategic considerations for your business.
Sadly, too many bright achievers fall into the pursuit of busyness rather than smart stewardship of their true business.
In your willingness to PAUSE, you are redirecting that inertia. You are tapping into a real power that can unleash your greater potential, fulfillment, prosperity, impact and pragmatic effectiveness every day.
The inner deeper fuels the higher outer.
From quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter Drucker