I was introduced to science of meditation and its benefits when i read the book “An Autobiography of Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda in 1984 gifted by my mother’s elder sister to be precise just after high school. It was a fun pass time reading then, but frankly I realized its meaning and significance quite later in life.
But in today’s context, to make it more convincing I’ll share few simple analogies from a corporate life, but its equally applicable to entrepreneurs (if you are one or thinking of becoming one).
It teaches you the difference between signal and noise !
When one starts meditation, for a long time you would be distracted, you will have thousands of thoughts in your mind, thoughts which are of the past, thoughts which are far away in the future, trivial thoughts and so on. Slowly you will start to filter the noise and get closer to the signals within you. These signals can transform your life.
Analogy: During our work day, we come across many things which are nothing but noise. Things like office gossip, corridor talks, politics, who joined, who left..endless discussions on salary, promotions, whats happening in other teams, other projects, performance management systems, these are pure noise as in the moment they are insignificant. Sure its good to be aware but it surely doesn’t need the endless hours we devote to it.
For a meditative mind, I am confident that there is a better and more simpler way that what we have experienced and continue to experience.
Meditation helps you in embracing doing nothing and be helpless. It helps you to let go.
Everyone of us is constantly trying to squeeze out 48 hours out of 24 hours by packing in insane amount of things to do. We are sacrificing everything to excel at work, to win the rat race, to climb the ladder in any which way. If some one says to do nothing for even 15 minutes, I can challenge you it won’t be easy. We are used to running around all the time, whether physically or mentally. We want to be in control and at all times, no matter how impossible this actually is.
Analogy : There will be times in your professional life, when you will feel helpless and its not easy to go through that time. Sometimes after all you do your customers will still feel angry, your team won’t value you, your manager won’t value you, no matter what you do it would feel its always below expectations and things like that.
A positive mind has always multi fold impact then a negative mindset. Meditation will help keep the energies focused and help take righteous action in such situations.
Meditation will help you to find you
Through life we get conditioned by our environment a lot and with passing time, we tend to disconnect with what we really are and what we really want from our life. It’s the society which has a set a path of school-college-job-marriage-children-house-car and so on. And if this is what you want, great.
Analogy: Let’s say you and your best friend go into a carnival where there are millions of people and it’s full of chaos. The chaos is what happens to us on a day to day basis. Society pressures it into chasing things which we may or may not want and somewhere down the line, we stop questioning and blindly follow what it asks us to do. .
Meditation will take you deep down on a path of introspection and show you things which were always there but somehow never got your attention. It will uncover layers to reveal what actually exist. And it’s an experience which has the potential to change your life, for the better.
Find yourself, find your purpose…it’s very valuable and worthy of an endeavor.
Resources to help you get started
- YouTube — search for 5 mins meditations and millions of videos would surface
- Apps (paid, available on both App Store and Google Play) — Calm, Headspace
- There are also plenty of books on Mindfulness (enjoying the present and being in the moment fully) which is not really Meditation but both are very related. Meditation helps in Mindfulness.