It might sound counter-intuitive at first but the best way to get more done each day is spend at least ten minutes meditating at the start of each day, says Surrey Hills-based Tom Evans.
The normal human mind can only experience one thought at a time. So if we mull over the past or fret about the future, we lose focus on what we should be working on and our efficiency drops accordingly. The practice of mindfulness meditation does not teach us how to have no thoughts at all, but instead to form a new relationship with our thoughts.
So while many people turn to meditation to help reduce stress or anxiety, there is a more practical incentive to start meditating each day. The time we invest comes back to us many times over as we become more creative, more productive, more vital and generally luckier and happier in life and in business.
What’s more, these days there is no need to find a guru or travel to an ashram for a silent retreat for two weeks. There are many free or inexpensive meditations and meditation apps available. So if you have a smartphone, you already have access to a ‘guru’ in your pocket.
Starting something new
If you are starting a new practice, it’s a win-win if you can stop something else you don’t like doing at the same time. So, first thing in the morning, instead of checking emails or social media, still use your phone or tablet but instead listen to a guided meditation or some ambient music. If you happen to be awake in the middle of the night, you can use a meditation to get you back to sleep too.
The inspirational breath
Many meditations use the breath as a point of focus. This is because when we think of something other than what we are thinking about, the original thought tends to fade away. As we all have to breathe anyway, this is a good thing. Our breath does more than keep us alive though. The neurons in our brain need oxygen to function and deep breathing puts more oxygen in our blood. Without it, neurons degenerate and die. Our breath quite literally is our source of inspiration.