These days with technology available to us like wearable EEG devices that measure your brainwaves we really have no excuse.
Over the years I've tried meditating in different ways. I've done the stare at the candle method, the say your name method, the focus on your breath method, the mantra method, extreme meditation where people run around the room and blow whistles etc basically you name it and I've probably done it.
And I'm sure to some degree they were all a bit effective - the problem is that I didn't know how effective and without results it's challenging to compare and improve.
Just because you sit for 5 minutes with your eyes closed does not mean you are meditating!
I love muse so much I became an Ambassador for them and I recommend it all my therapy clients and they love me back and let me offer a discount!
Meditation is proven to shrink the part of your brain responsible for fight or flight stress response and strengthen the part of your brain that makes decisions - who doesn't want some of that!
We all have tens of thousands of thoughts in a day and sometimes our lives become ruled by our thoughts without us even realising.
Often those thoughts aren't of a productive nature and as a result our mood is not quite as joyful as one might hope!
Before you know it, it's the end of the day, you've achieved next to nothing, said some terrible things to yourself in the process and you're exhausted and you put yourself to bed, often to repeat the same thing the following day.
It's a vicious cycle and it can steal many weeks, months or even years from your life.
Often when we dwell in 'negative emotions' like anger, frustration, guilt, shame, sadness, grief etc it's such a big jump to get to something like joy, happiness or bliss that we often don't even attempt it.
The great thing about gratitude is that it's like a bridge from those 'negative emotions' to "positive emotions".
I strongly believe you need to feel an emotion until it no longer requires to be felt. There's a saying that says unexpressed emotions may sometimes cause other organs to weep.
This just shows the connection between emotions and our health, which as science improves becomes even more obvious.
The Mayo Clinic uses meditation with their breast cancer patients for improved results and there are meditation retreats available globally that have had profound effects on terminally ill people.
So knowing all this do you think you can find time in your life for a little more meditation and a little less harsh self talk?
Of course you can, what if you could track your results and work out what method of meditating works best for you?
The other thing I love about Muse is that it gives you a nudge when your mind starts to wander by playing a louder sound than it was before. This allows you to bring your focus back to the breath much faster than figuring out that you're mind has wandered when you're half way down your mental shopping list!
So this means that more of your meditation is actually spent meditating!
Which leads to efficient and effective meditation - who would have thought that was possible.
Of course if you find that distracting you can turn it off - but it makes me smile so I leave it on!
People who meditate train their brains, a wandering mind is part of the Human Condition but it can lead you to a life of less than you deserve.
Pauline Martin-Brooks is a multifaceted individual. She is passionate about efficiency and evolution. She routinely learns and implements anything that helps her achieve this for both herself and the entrepreneurs and teams she works with. As such she is both an Ontraport (CRM) Certified Consultant and Trainer who helps people with the Ontraport platform or thinking about getting the Ontraport platform to manage the automation in their business. She is also a trained therapist in both NLP, Rapid Transformational Therapy and Hypnotherapy. She focuses on improving Productivity, Concentration and Memory, and Removing Procrastination for Entrepreneurs so they can achieve their big hairy audacious goals. From 2003 to 2015 she worked with Fast Growth companies in a variety of sectors from Personal Development to Property and Finance and then onto 2 of the largest Entrepreneurial Training organisations. Her specialty in those companies was to source Strategic Partnerships to fill events and allow for massive expansion. She has used this strategy to bring in millions in revenue. She now works with a select number of small generally service based businesses to show them how to identify, approach, close and nurture the most important relationships in their business. She has growth hacks to help you get results fast, to utilise different members of your team including offshore admin staff, saving you both time and money.