There’s a reason why wildly successful CEOs like LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner swear by meditation. Studies show it can change your brain matter, reduce stress, and help entrepreneurs and business leaders make better decisions.
Who couldn’t more of that?
Some people still confuse meditation with religion. In his SuperSoul Sunday interview Deepak Chopra explains why meditation has nothing to do with religion:
“It has nothing to do with belief or ideology or doctrine. It’s a simple mental technique to go to the source of thought.”
Meditation is a practice of focused thinking…or not thinking. What you connect with during your practice can be spiritual, but for entrepreneurs and many non-spiritual and non-religious practitioners, meditation is more about becoming aware of what’s going on within you.
Some of what’s going on within the entrepreneur’s mind is pure genius and meditation can help you access it. I include in many of my coaching programs because they help with transitions and anything that takes effort and stick-to-itiveness.
The late Steve Jobs described his practice to his biographer Walter Isaacson like this:
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things–that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
The apps Wired magazine recommends in this video are a great place to start your meditation education.