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.
Only the uninformed still regard it as “religious” or dubious. It can be spiritual, but meditation doesn’t belong to Buddhism or any other religion any more than prayer belongs to any particular religion.
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. Meditation helps you to bring it forth.
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 recommend by Wired are a great place to start your meditation education and practice.