I’m often asked by new meditators, “Why isn’t everyone doing this?” It’s an excellent question and one that still perplexes me, even after 40+ years of daily meditation experience. I am not alone in my wonder.
What is cool?
Mehmet Oz, M.D. made an interesting and insightful comment in a TV discussion. He was lamenting the state of wellness in our country. He said that to his amazement many people’s eyes glaze over at the mention of health.
“We need to let people know that it is cool to be healthy,” says Dr. Oz. “It’s cool to sleep well, and wake up refreshed and happy. It’s cool to be mentally alert and enthusiastic about your day. It’s cool to be filled with energy and not drag yourself through the day tired and cranky. It’s cool to have good relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.”
In order to be really cool, we need to be at the top of our game. For that, we have to treat ourselves well. We need to be healthy. So how do we do that and still attend to the relentless demands on our time? It’s my opinion that many give up on their health because it seems so hard to be healthy.
Move, exercise your body regularly. Eat healthy food rich in vital nutrients, and minimize your intake of sugars and processed foods. We are what we eat. We’ve heard these cornerstones of healthy living for decades, however it does not appear that our collective health has improved all that much. Here’s what’s wrong. Arguably, we’ve overlooked the most essential ingredient for being well!
Rest is an Enzyme of Life – often short-changed
We must also rest. Quality sleep is vital to clear the body of stress and fatigue, and refuel us for the demands of the new day. Rest is an enzyme of life as necessary to us as the air we breathe. To enjoy the dynamic activity of our daily life, we need balance and that comes with rest.
Here’s a self-care supplement to bring it all together. Many have said it’s the best investment they’ve ever made – Effortless Meditation™ instruction. It will do wonders if you add it to your daily routine. Many report that they sleep better, their mind is clearer, and their mental and physical health have improved. These statements are based upon my own personal experience with meditation and from hearing from and observing thousands of others that I’ve taught to meditate over these many years. Our daily meditation practice recharges our batteries for the day ahead. We’re more alert, patient, enthusiastic, and far healthier.
Those who meditate daily spontaneously notice these and countless other benefits. And without trying, they begin to make better lifestyle choices that further improve their health. They eat better, exercise more frequently, stop smoking, and they are more patient and kind. Those who meditate notice that they handle the stress of daily life more effectively. They are more resilient.
It’s no wonder that increasing numbers of physicians and health professionals recommend it to their patients. Two meditations per day is ideal – 15 to 20 minutes at a sitting will maximize your benefits. For some that sounds impossible, so they’re advised to go for 5 or 10 minutes. Any amount is better than nothing. Time spent in meditation is putting money in the bank.
And there’s more good news. Almost every new Effortless Meditation™ client notices positive benefits in just the first four days of the EM course. It’s encouraging. You don’t have to do it for a long time to notice its helping. Most new clients are pleasantly surprised how quickly benefits begin to be experienced. These benefits and many more continue refine and grow over our entire lifetime.
Like everything however, it takes practice to get the most out of your meditation. When I taught with Deepak Chopra, M.D., he frequently said that meditation works like magic. However, he’d then say that it’s not magic, because you have to do it. Do it and the results are magical.
That’s guaranteed. You too can be cool. Just spend some time each day tapping into the magic.
Effortless Meditation™ teacher