Today I want to share with you a very effective (and unusual) strategy I’ve been using to come up with new ideas and to solve issues that arise in my business.
You see, all the answers you need are already inside of you, you just need to learn to listen to your subconscious mind.
And the best way to do this is through meditation, but don’t worry because I’m not talking about the kind of meditation you’re probably imagining right now, with candles and white clothes in a lotus position, etc.
Meditations can be as simple as closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing, or something else, but focusing on a specific thing like a mantra, numbers, a dot on the wall, a light, etc. The important thing is to focus on something with the intention of clearing your mind of all thoughts. If you can achieve this, even for 2 or 3 minutes at a time you’re meditating.
So how can you use meditation to come up with ideas or solve problems? Here’s the method I’ve been using with great results.
Before I start to mediate I think about what I want to accomplish and convince myself that the answer will come during my meditation and once I start to meditate I don’t think about it anymore or try to force ideas to come out – I JUST LET GO.
The amazing thing is that during my meditation, when my mind is clear, 9 times out of 10 an idea will appear spontaneously in my head with an answer to my request. It’s a truly amazing thing!
The first time this happened to my I thought it was a coincidence, but when I tried it the next day and I got the same results I knew I was unto something and I’ve been doing this for more than a year now with great results.
If you don’t believe me try it for yourself and if you do it right you’ll be amazed with what happens.
Here are 5 things you should do to achieve a better meditative state.
- Posture: Sit in a position that is comfortable for you. If you wish, you can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep your back straight to prevent your mind from becoming sleepy or sluggish.
- Place: Choose a quiet, well ventilated place where nobody can disturb you and turn your cell phone off.
- Time: The best time to meditate is in the morning just after you wake up because your brain is in an Alpha state and it’s easier to go from an Alpha brain wave pattern to a Theta brain wave pattern (where real meditation happens).
- Breathing: Always keep in mind that while meditating you must breathe naturally as you do when you are sleeping, breathe through your nose and don’t try to control your breath.
- Your mind: At first, your mind will be very busy, and you might even feel that the meditation is making your mind busier; but in reality you are just becoming more aware of how busy your mind actually is.
There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but you should resist this and remain focused on the sensation of the breath or whatever you have chosen to focus on.
If you discover that your mind has wandered off and is following your thoughts, you should immediately return it to the point of focus. You should repeat this as many times as necessary until your mind is clear.
Meditation, like everything worthwhile in life needs practice, but the rewards of conquering this skill are enormous.
And as usual, some technological advancements have made meditation easier. There’s a program I’ve been using for years now called Holosync that has helped me tremendously with my meditation.
Please share what you think about this technique by leaving a comment below.