Ommmmm

So hum. (Sanskrit mantra often used in meditation, meaning, I am that.)

namaste

I’m in the middle of a 21-day meditation re-boot that is – yet again – reminding me how valuable this amazing tool is to me: meditation helps balance my emotions, massages my physical and psychological stress, and well…it really, really, really brings me into THE PRESENT. I become more focused and clearer about my intentions. I feel a calming sense of hope.

I know. This may sound a little woo-woo to some of my heavily left-brained, ego-rules-the-roost friends (I’m not judging, seriously – that was me most of my life!), but perhaps a little practical science might convince you to give meditation the old one-two.

Did you know that many, many outrageously successful business tycoons practice daily meditation or some other form of mindfulness (deep breathing or yoga, for example)?

Take Oprah, Richard Branson, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Arianna Huffington, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Brilliant (google.org director), and Bill Ford (Ford Motor Co. chairman), for example. Yes, these Big Business-y types meditate. On the regular.

Ray Dalio, billionaire founder of the world’s most successful hedge funds, proclaims, “Meditation, more than anything else in my life, was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”

So. They all meditate. But they just don’t meditate because. These smarty pants have reviewed the research, and they are walking the talk. Science tells us that meditation:

  • Lowers stress levels
  • Slows aging
  • Helps prevent disease
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Reduces physical pain
  • Facilitates creative thinking
  • Enhances productivity

And the list goes on, with detailed explanations about how meditation upgrades at least 7 critical brain and body chemicals – serotonin (the happy neurotransmitter), cortisol (the stress hormone), DHEA (the longevity molecule), GABA (the calm chemical), endorphins (the natural ‘highs’), growth hormone (the Fountain of Youth), and melatonin (the sleep molecule). That’s one high-vibration cocktail!

While I’m far from perfect, I am trying my best to make meditation a staple in my life. There are lots of meditation applications out there – just enter your Apps Store and search ‘meditation.’ You’ll discover a world of options – freebies and well, not-so-freebies too. And check out The Chopra Centre here for some lovely guided meditations.

Ready. Set. Om.

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I find my favourite time to meditate is early morning, immediately following my walk outdoors. I typically prepare some version of a cozy, comforting hot elixir, and then settle into the sofa cushions. Earbuds on, I assume ‘my position’ and start my guided meditation. Today, I nursed a steaming up-healthed, antioxidant-rich matcha latte, simple-style:

Into the blender:

2 tsp matcha tea powder

1 T collagen powder

1 T maca

2 tsp coconut oil

(1 tsp spirulina – acquired taste; I love it!)

2 ½ cups just-below-the-boil water

Blend at high speed until frothy. Sip with utter gratitude.

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