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Meditation:  The Optimal Stress Reliever

A common concern of executives is dealing with the stress brought on by business pressures and coping with 12 to 16 hour days.  They run from meeting to meeting with no time to breathe.  Taking time to breathe is what it's all about.  I often recommend to those leaders who I coach to consider yoga and meditation as a form of stress relief. 

Maybe you've read about and seen snippets here and there on other benefits of meditation, but that's as far as your experience has been. If you want to change that and deepen your understanding, meditation can be seen as a common thread running through all religious and spiritual traditions rather than something that is tied to a certain belief. One does not even necessarily need to subscribe to the spiritual side of meditation to reap its myriad benefits. Studies on Transcendental Meditation, for example, has shown it to reduce blood pressure as it calms the mind.  Typically it involves 20 minutes, twice a day.  Check out some other benefits:

Psychological Health

  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels
  • Increase concentration and control your thoughts
  • Learn detachment; e.g., letting go of minor irritations
  • Connect to a deeper meaning of life

Physical Health

  • Relieve pain
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Control diabetes
4 Basic Forms of Meditation
  1. Follow your breath
  2. Observe an icon/object
  3. Recite a mantra
  4. Do a guided meditation

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