5 Ways Daily Meditation Benefits Your Career

5 Ways Daily Meditation Benefits Your Career

Before we dive into the benefits of meditation and how it can help take your career to the next level, let's take a step back and speak about what meditation is. In the technical sense, meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness to focus on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm, and stable state.

On a spiritual level, I like to think of meditation as the openness to receive a metaphysical download from your higher power or higher self. Meditation opens the mind to receive information that is most important and relevant to the person receiving it.

There are many forms of meditation, but the two main categories are guided meditation and unguided meditation. In guided meditation, a teacher guides you through the basic steps of the practice. In unguided meditation — also called silent meditation — you meditate alone, without someone else explaining the process. When you first begin a meditation practice, it is encouraged that you find a guide to help you navigate meditation.

Always remember meditation was not created to silence the mind completely but instead was formulated to focus your thoughts. Our minds will never completely be silenced, but we can train our minds to focus on the thoughts that are most beneficial to use in each passing moment.

Now that you have a firm understanding of what meditation is, here's how a daily practice can benefit your career.

​First, it increases your focus and concentration. 

If you find yourself constantly getting distracted at work or missing important deadlines because you're not focused on the task at hand, meditation can help you improve this immensely.

​Second, it improves self-esteem and self-awareness. 

By having an increased sense of self, you'll thoroughly understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie and can leverage that to your advantage in your career.

Third, meditation reduces stress and allows you to use your breath to regulate your nervous system.

If you have a high-stress job and often find yourself spiraling mentally at work, this will give you the tools to remain calm regardless of what's happening around you.

Fourth, it helps manage anxiety. 

If you're someone with high anxiety, meditation will help you regulate your thoughts to reduce the impact anxiety has on your life, and specifically your career.

​Lastly, meditation helps exercise your intuition which can give you the upper hand at work during projects or special presentations. 

Increased awareness of your intuition allows you to tap into your higher self and enter into a space that athletes call "the zone." When you're in full alignment with yourself, you perform at the top of your game, so think MJ Game 1 NBA finals 1992.

You, too, can create historical moments in your career by simply implementing a daily meditation practice.

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