Can meditation improve your ability to work from home? It sure can!
No entrepreneur can go full-steam all the time because we only have so much willpower before we burn out. We need ways to rest and recharge. Gaining skill in meditation can be a wonderful addition for your self-care needs. A rested mind is a mind ready to leap to the challenges of working from home.
But meditation does more than just rest the mind. It also improves our ability to know what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is simply the ability to notice what is happening in the moment. It reduces the pull of our initial reactions, letting us make smarter decisions for our businesses.
Meditation is a skill that requires practice. Think of it like going to the gym, but for your mind. It is not easy at first, but as your brain grows stronger it will become easier to calm it. This is a pitfall that catches a lot of new meditators. Don’t expect to sit down immediately and get your mind to quiet down!
There are many forms of meditation. Here’s a simple method on how to meditate. Don’t confuse simple with easy, though:
- Assume a comfortable position that you can hold and won’t make you sleepy. Sitting is recommended. Lying down might make you too tired. Fold your legs however you like or sit in a chair. Once you find a posture, stay as still as you can while you practice.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths through your nose. Notice where you feel the air enter and leave your nose. You may feel it in the nostrils or on the upper lip.
- Place your attention on that spot like it was a guard for a door. Pay attention to the breath as it passes back and forth over that spot.
- When your mind wanders, as it will, do this. Notice that it has wandered. Give the distracting thought a one-word label. The first word that comes to mind is the correct one. After labelling the thought, relax and put your attention back on the spot.
- Continue this until 10-15 minutes (or longer) have passed, then open your eyes.
Don’t beat yourself up if you have lots of thoughts. It’s much like training a puppy. It takes time, encouragement, and even a bit of self-love to keep encouraging our minds to calm down and fix on something. As you get skilled, work your way up to 30 minutes a day. Most people need at least 20 minutes before the mind starts to get calm. Starting with less will get you used to the technique and used to sitting. Increasing the time by 5 minutes every week is a good rate.
Try this technique for 30 days. It’s important that you do a little every day. With time and regular practice, you’ll notice your mind is much fresher and can tackle the challenges of the day. You may even need less sleep!