Last night, at one of my workshops on college and career readiness during the Q&A, one of the students asked me, "How do you do what you do? How do you balance your schedule?" It was an awesome question and in relation to the fact that I am currently teaching at CSI, creating an online course for another university, running my own business, preparing and launching seminars/workshops AND have two kids under 10 and whatever else that entails...
It was a great question and prompted me to talk a little bit about meditation. I was excited that some of the students there actually have used mediation to help their scheduling, stress levels and more, too.
Almost one year ago I started to meditate. I never ever meditated before in my life and in fact I can tell you with near certainty that in my whole life I have never been "quiet" enough to meditate inside my head and outside my head.
As an entrepreneur who has been balancing so much, I think my mediation schedule is what helps me clear my mind balance my to do list and overall stay "normal" (or as normal as can be for me).
I have always been a multi-tasker and have spent over a decade as an executive, entrepreneur and educator at the same time in addition to starting a doctorate program and more - however, now that I am doing this business and using my face images and words to share my business and expertise it can get a little bit overwhelming (to say the least).
I am up at 5 every weekday and I start my day with two meditations - one 15 minute and then one 5 minute. I find this helps me to "set" my mind and prioritize and manage my day. Before bed I do two 15minute meditations and one 5 minute to clear my head and get a good night's sleep.
I used the Mindfulness App and it has been worth every penny of the $2.99 app purchase fee (Note: I am not being "paid" to mention this app; it is just what I use and have gifted to some of my friends and family who have mentioned they might want to meditate).
I was always the person who when taking a test would say "I failed that" and just was always pessimistic by nature but now I have found myself believing more in positive thinking vs the way my brain has always worked before.
I have found it especially interesting as I get closer and closer to a milestone birthday that people can "change" their thought process and that this change can lead to new and exciting opportunities. Without meditation and calming myself with it I do not think I could continue to try to build this business and be so out there without being able to kind of disconnect from it and not stress too much!
Anyone can use meditation - you do not have to be an entrepreneur to see the benefits of clearer focus, less negative thoughts and "calmness". Do you think meditation could help you balance and calm down? Do you meditate? What do you think about positive thoughts vs negative ones? Happy hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen