Article by Uzo Onukwugha, MD
The greatest asset you have as a business person is your mind while your most expensive commodity is time. Five minutes meditation program gives you the best of both worlds. With a little practice in a little time, you come up with problem-solving ideas with amazing ease. You will really feel great about yourself and your friends will think you’re a genius.This is because meditation puts you in the alpha state of mind that enhance creativity, blasts tension, and indecision. You know what to do on every occasion because you’ve learned to think on autopilot (I hate to say, ‘think on your feet’).
What is meditation? Meditation is the discipline of mental exercise that primes the brain and centers the heart to cultivate productive ideas. This encourages whole brain thinking that put you in the zone of peak performance. You must be in the know to be in the flow. Therefore, basic knowledge of how the mind works is necessary.
How does it work? It works when you work it into your consciousness. There are different segments of the brain which tend to work independently of one another. They are the left (intellectual) brain, the right (intuitive brain), the mid-brain (emotions) and the hind-brain (reticular activating system). When all the parts of the brain work together, you are focused, with self-limiting beliefs and obstacles debunked. If not, disarray, failure, and tension are the norm for 95% of the population. Meditation fixes these problems by making your brain develop complex and more efficient neuronal connections that encourages whole brain thinking–the way most geniuses and top achievers think. Joshua 1:8 says that with meditation, you shall be able to deal wisely with the affairs of this life. That sounds like genius to me
Five minutes per session meditation shortens the process. Power loss by scattered thinking is minimized because you’re focused on the results instead of rehearsing the problems. This is a powerful too for personal direction, goal-orientation and personal power f or achievement. You’ll be calm in the midst of turmoil. This is achieved by concurrent use of seven components of meditation.
1. Personalization: You must use personal pronouns in your affirmations when you repeat or recite your mantra. Don’t use meaningless word from a guru or what you copied somewhere. Come up with your own tailor-made phrases based on specifics that you’re programming for yourself. When you personalize words, you own them and emotions are involved. This is how you call up the help of the energy currency of your human spirit. This gusto forces you to achieve your goal sooner than later.
2. Localization: This is the ability to focus on one goal. Don’t think of all your problems or challenges at the same time. Narrow your meditation session to one problem at a time. This is how you channel your energy to burn the problem just like a concentrated sun ray sets a piece of green paper ablaze. Yes, concentration is the heart of contemplation. However, your energy must force the mind to come up with solutions instead of rehearsing the problems.
3. Memorization: To save time, you must keep the solution to our problem or goal you’re programming for your self at the back burner of your mind. For recall in subsequent session, you must repeat your mantra to yourself for it to stick in your deeper mind. Some people write it down and look at it. Writing alone increases retention by three hundred fold while highlighting with yellow and sky blue increases retention by three-fold. Highlighting with red calls for urgent action. The more senses you engage, the better your retention and recall including reading out loud to yourself. The greatest programming is what you tell yourself. It is powerful in shaping your self-image. It is called auto-suggestion. Note that all improvements in your performance is tied to improvements in your self-image. We don’t see the world the way it is; we see the world the way we are. Reality is nothing, perception is everything. Whatever you habour in consci ousness (memory bank) will sooner or later manifest as your reality. So, what you are storing in your spiritual hard-drive is what drives your destiny.
4. Verbalization: This is called learning by mouth. Positive confession is the most powerful way of getting the word deep down in your human spirit where the will and gut to make things happen reside. Know that it is your words that shape your mind, and not the other way round. Repetition is the key. Don’t be tempted to stop by looking at circumstances. The words you speak also create pictures.
5. Visualization: This is based on the fact that the soul cannot think without pictures. It is rests on the premise that everything is created twice (in heart and mind) before it shows up in the physical world. A picture is truly more than a thousand words. It also takes descriptive words to create pictures. This art of making mental movies is like photography. Good photographers are always focusing only on the pictures they want to develop. This time, we prefer movies (motion pictures) to posters (stagnant) pictures. Get a picture or representation of your dream–what you want to be, do or have. Rehearse it again and again in your mind with gusto. Put emotion to it as if it has already been achieved. When the picture takes, the results show up sooner than later with consistent practice.
6. Actualization: This is the doing part. Doing is the most powerful part of programming. “What I hear, I may forget. What I see, I may not remember; but what I do is part of me,” says a Chinese Proverb. No amount of mental rehearsal or confession can get the job done. Your thinking creates your reality; your action brings it to you. No blueprint has ever carried out itself and no war strategy has ever fought a battle. People do The whole essence of steps 1 to 5 is to bring you to 6. Meditation is a process. The seven minutes forces the brain to think in a time frame by giving it deadline. This triggers the reticular activating system to provoke the subconscious mind to come wit h a solution. Subconscious mind is the center of the law of attraction in the brain. The thrill is in the doing. “It is the law of nature that those who do has the power and those who don’t have not the power.” Said Ralph Waldo Emerson.
7. Manifestation: This is the result of implementing steps 1 to 6. Conduct brings product. The fruit of consistent practice is the outward evidence of success that everybody sees. Most untrained folks don’t understand the law of process. They tend to attribute success to luck. LUCK (laboring under correct knowledge) is application of all the steps.
How to Meditate: Putting the Pieces Together. Understanding the Seven P’S:
* Purpose: you must keep the reason why of your meditation before you. Value is always maximized when purpose is realized.* Prospects: Rehearse the benefits at the back of your mind. Your intention will keep your attention. Otherwise your mind will get bored and that will erode your confidence and believe in the system. When you lose sight of the benefits, you forget the blessings. Purpose and prospects are related.* Place: You must establish a specific place for meditation. The free wheeling life style of anything goes will not cut it. Otherwise you lose focus. Some people use a corner of their room or office to do it. Others meditate better on chair. I know people who have a meditation room.* Period. You must establish a specific time to start and end each session. Some people prefer early in the morning immediately after waking up from sleep. Whatever you do, don’t meditate while driving, operating a machinery, after eating or when you’re tired. Don’t meditate on the bed or bedroom. The mind has learned to associate those with sleep. Your time window is a maximum of five minutes.* Preliminaries: These are preambles to get you ready. Remove belts, ties, shoes, and jewelries. you must make yourself comfortable.* Position: The best position is lotus or the Buddha position. It helps strengthen your body frame, improves your posture and makes y ou a little uncomfortable so that you can’t fall back to sleep. Never lie down. It is associated with sleep. Alternative positions include sitting on a chair and relaxing all your muscle groups. This works best at office hours.* Practice: Practice does not make perfect; practice make improvements and improvements then make perfect. Consistent practice eliminates poor performance. Doing is where all the techniques come together. Here you close your eyes as if you’re praying to avoid distraction and encourage focus. Relax your muscles and recite your mantra from memory using personal pronouns. Some people play some soathing background music. You also visualize your end-goal as if it has already happened bringing gusto to the whole exercise. You should be done in less than five minutes.
A closing thought:
Meditation is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your business. If thinking is everything, then it is the most important thing. You can describe your life or you can bring your future into the present through meditation. Every great person that has ever live was a great thinker. Jeffrey Bezos used it to find Amazon.com; Pierre Omardiya did the same with eBay. Bill Gates consistently take a whole week off just to meditate. Bill calls it think week. Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’ is all about the use of your mind power to create wealth.
So don’t wait for flashes of inspiration to hit you like a thunder bolt, prime your goldmine and you will always produce gold. Creative juice will flow effortlessly and automatically with practice. You become a living magnet that attracts money, health, happiness, influence, protection and<--nextpage-->relationship because you are aligned with the energy of the universe where every good thing originates. The laws of the universe are the laws of success. It is in our heart and mind that God teaches us the secret to unlock the vault of the universe. It’s all within you waiting to be harnessed. “That’s GREAT (God Rewards Every Active T hinker), ” says my friend, Ed Gray. Meditation is what makes the great, great and separates them from the rest.
About the Author
Uzo Onukwugha is the Chief Spiritual Officer of Weblinkbusiness.com where he teaches the inner game of business success. You cannot divorce a life of inspiration from business success. To learn more, subscribe to his newsletter and reach him with your comments and concerns at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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