Penny for Your Thoughts: Is this the Best Meditation for Making a Big Decision?

Did you know that American adults make around 35,000 decisions per day?

Many of these daily decisions go unnoticed, but they still take a toll on the person. And sometimes, making all these decisions can lead people to have difficulty making decisions in general, cause attention deficits, and affect the person’s self-control. The term used to describe this phenomenon is “decision fatigue,” It can be incredibly taxing for people. Studies show that around 50% of people struggle with decision fatigue.

But what if you had help?

Imagine consulting powerful, ancient beings and receiving the knowledge necessary to make your most important decisions and the power to get things done.

Did you know that American adults make around 35,000 decisions per day?

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Many of these daily decisions go unnoticed, but they still take a toll on the person. And sometimes, making all these decisions can lead people to have difficulty making decisions in general, cause attention deficits, and affect the person’s self-control. The term used to describe this phenomenon is “decision fatigue,” It can be incredibly taxing for people. Studies show that around 50% of people struggle with decision fatigue.

But what if you had help?

Imagine consulting powerful, ancient beings and receiving the knowledge necessary to make your most important decisions and the power to get things done. That’s what this post is about. Within the article, you will find a brief history of The Wildwood Meditation Technique, followed by the walk-through of the technique.

How did ancient Celtic shamans receive guidance?

While reading one afternoon, I came across a meditation technique that I found interesting. One reason for the intrigue is that I have come across a variation of it before. But this time, the idea behind the meditation technique was that Celtic shamans imagine the Wildwood when they want to receive guidance.

The meditation is the Spirit of the Wildwood meditation. Before exploring the technique, let’s start with a brief backstory of the Wildwood in Celtic lore.

What does the term Wildwood mean?

The Wildwood refers to the pre-Viking and pre-Celtic world- a forest world that once covered most of the world. There, primal forces resided. These primal forces appeared in the form of birds, fish, and animals, and they roamed free. The forces opened the doors to the primal world of the Ancestors- the Underworld. 

What is the significance of the Wildwood to Celtic shamans?

The Wildwood meditations were intended for initiating a powerful connection with the Wildwood spirits. Personal encounters with the Wildwood spirits provided Celtic shamans with knowledge and helped them make decisions.

Celtic lore states that the Wildwood spirits taught Celtic shamans through the connection. While the meditations can be used in various other ways, Celtic shamans classified the meditations as Wild Magic, which conjures the energy of the Wildwood and the living spirits of the forest.

This meditation is powerful for making big decisions, making it incredibly valuable to entrepreneurs and anyone else needing to make big decisions.

The Wildwood Meditation Technique

Envision the Wildwood and imagine that you are walking through it. As you walk along, imagine that you come upon a clearing with a path that forks. Standing there, ask the spirits of the Wildwood about the decision you are facing.

Then, spend some time listening for an answer.

*Optionally, you might like to set a timer before starting the meditation.

Try this technique, and let me know what you think.

Looking for other similar meditation techniques? Check out the Oracle Meditation Technique.

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What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

What do the Loving-kindness Meditation and Anger Management Have in Common?

Are you looking for a new meditation technique? If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

Read on to find out.

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Are you looking for a new meditation technique?

If so, check out the Loving-kindness meditation. It has many benefits, one of which might surprise you.

There are four parts to this post:

  • What is loving-kindness meditation?
  • What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?
  • How to do a loving-kindness meditation.
  • Suggested phrases for a loving-kindness meditation.
  • What is Loving-kindness meditation?

    Loving-kindness meditation, AKA Metta Meditation, is a Buddhist meditation practitioners use to improve and enhance feelings of kindness, compassion, and acceptance of oneself and other people. You might even use it to meditate on sharing love with animals.

    It’s done by reciting phrases filled with love and positivity towards yourself and others. Remember to be mindful and to fully immerse yourself in the positive energy you are sending out. Really feel the love.

    According to Healthline, since the purpose of loving-kindness meditation “is intended to promote compassion and kindness, it may be ideal for those holding feelings of anger or resentment.”

    It’s great for those with anger issues or PTSD, but most people benefit from loving-kindness.

    What are the benefits of loving-kindness meditation?

    Practitioners receive the usual benefits of meditation, plus the opportunity to develop and nurture:

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Connectedness
  • Kindness
  • Love
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    How to do a Loving-kindness Meditation:

    • Select 2 phrases for your meditation- 1 directed towards yourself and another directed at your friends and family. You can use the same phrase and alter it for the “who” if you’d like.
    • Find a quiet spot.
    • Have a seat with your back straight.
    • Begin focusing on your breathing. Feel it fill your chest when you inhale and empty your chest when you exhale.
    • Turn your attention to your heart space.
    • Optional: Place your hands on your chest to keep yourself mindful of your heart. You might also want to visualize your chest glowing green (like the Heart chakra) when you recite your phrase.
    • Begin repeating your phrase, and focus on what it means. How does it make you feel?
    • Repeat the phrase ten times.
    • Turn your attention to your loved ones.
    • Visualize them.
    • Repeat your loved ones’ phrase ten times while focusing on the meaning and the way the phrase makes you feel.
    • You can continue to repeat your loved ones’ phrase, directed towards acquaintances and neighbors, then your town’s community, etc.- as far out from you as you would like, or you can stop at repeating the phrase for yourself and loved ones.
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    Suggested phrases for a Loving-kindness Meditation

  • May I find peace.
  • May I feel safe.
  • May I love myself as my creator does.
  • If none of the phrases above are appealing to you, you can create your own. You can start by considering an emotion you want to focus on- love, happiness, etc. Then, build your phrase from there.

    Key takeaways

    The key takeaway is that the Loving-kindness meditation is a great technique for anyone wanting to improve their self-image, increase their self-love, be kinder to themselves and others, or deal with anger issues or PTSD. Lastly, the effects of loving-kindness meditation go beyond emotional benefits and can even help with chronic pain.

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    How Do Meditation and Mindfulness Help Entrepreneurs? (Podcast)

    How do meditation and mindfulness help entrepreneurs?

    That’s the topic on this week’s episode of The Meditation for Marketers Podcast.

    After listening, you’ll have a basic understanding of…

    Stay tuned to the end for a meditation techno to help you calm your mind and body.

    The Meditation for Marketers Podcast has a new episode!

    This week’s topic is how meditation and mindfulness help entrepreneurs.

    After listening, you’ll have a basic understanding of

    The difference between meditation and mindfulness

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

    Plus, stay tuned to the end for a meditation technique for relaxating the mind and body so you can regain control over both.

    Simply click the link below to hear it.

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    How Do Meditation and Mindfulness Help Entrepreneurs?

    Meditation is more than sitting quietly without thinking. One technique used in meditation is mindfulness, which is an essential aspect of CBT. It offers substantial benefits to entrepreneurs- mental health benefits and performance benefits being just two of them. Stay tuned to the end for a 2-minute meditation technique.

    Balance is essential. Without it, we reach burnout much quicker. Make sure you make time to take care of yourself. With a proper meditation routine, you can refresh your mind and body. It’s also a great way to stay focused on your goals, so you achieve them faster.

    Meditation uses:

    • Help you stay focused.
    • Help you achieve your goals.
    • Keep your brain functioning at a high level.
    • Guide you through hard times.
    • Change your perception of events.
    • Change your reaction to unfavorable conditions or events.
    • Help you lose weight.
    • Help you quit bad habits.
    • And even manifest the things you want.

    After reading this post, you’ll have a basic understanding of:

    • The difference between meditation and mindfulness.
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • How meditation and mindfulness can help entrepreneurs.

    Make sure to read to the bottom for a quick, 2-minute meditation technique that can calm your mind and body.

    Meditation vs. Mindfulness

    Many people are under the misconception that meditation is purely about sitting quietly and stopping their thoughts. While that can be part of it, meditation is so much more. There are many different meditation techniques, one of which we will discuss today. That technique is mindfulness.

    Mindfulness is used in meditation when you sit silently and pay attention to things.

    For example, if you were in a lengthy relationship that ended in disaster, you might struggle with self-worth issues. Ruminating thoughts (thinking the same thoughts over and over, on a loop) are common in breakups. By sitting in meditation and noticing the thoughts you think, you might see that you spend a lot of time judging yourself or calling yourself names. Then, you can use another technique (more on that in another post) to change your thoughts.

    That type of mindfulness is used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often as effective (sometimes more effective) than medication for improving mental health.

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    What is CBT?

    CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It has been clinically proven to produce a change in people’s mental state and quality of life.

    Some of the core traits of psychological problems often involve:

    • Thinking that is false.
    • Learned patterns of poor behavior.

    This thinking and behavior can be changed, and the patient can often relieve their symptoms and improve their lives through CBT.

    That might make you wonder:

    If mindfulness is that effective in treating mental health problems, what can it do for your career?

    How do meditation and mindfulness help you, the entrepreneur?

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    Focus.

    You may have had difficulty focusing before- we all have. With the pressure involved with entrepreneurship and the never-ending to-do list, it can be hard to stay on task. Meditation is a valuable tool for focusing because it allows your brain to process your thoughts. That’s one reason it is recommended that we meditate once a day, even if it is only for a few minutes.

    Tip: If you’re new to meditation, you should ease into your practice to avoid getting frustrated with the learning curve. This is not one of those times to expect too much from yourself and “go hard.”

    Many experts suggest starting with meditating for 1 minute and gradually increasing that time as you get accustomed to meditating.

    Improve performance.

    You’ve probably heard many stories in which an athlete beats astonishing records or otherwise performs at a level not encountered before. While hard work plays its part, there are several techniques you can use to improve your performance- physical or professional.

    One such technique is mindfulness during your work, so you notice changes you might want to make in your approach.

    For example, you might be a runner with a marathon coming up. By choosing mindfulness during practice, you can monitor how your body feels when performing well, opposed to when you feel like you just can’t line up with a sustainable pace. Then, you can use your observations to improve your run.

    In this way, mindfulness is similar to monitoring and analyzing website data to improve your SEO.

    Now, here’s an example for using mindfulness for marketing:

    Say you’re a video marketer, and you have panic attacks when you go live. While it’s common to panic in new-to-you situations, panicking can be a problem when the video is live. You might use mindfulness in practice videos before your live event. By paying attention to your breathing, you can feel when you’re about to panic. Then, by designing a technique that helps you calm your breathing in an unobvious way, you can fight the panic during live events.  

    *See the 2-minute meditation technique below. You can modify the length of time you use it to help you control your breath during live events.

    It helps you clear your mind.

    Meditation is a great way to get ideas. By meditating and acknowledging your thoughts, you can stop the mental noise and make way for ideas to come to you without ruminating or lingering on any thought for an extended period. It can be much easier to make decisions or create things when the thoughts come to you instead of stretching and reaching for them.

    Emotional health.

    Mindfulness offers the benefit of identifying destructive thoughts and behavioral patterns. Entrepreneurs often use it to counter their self-doubt.

    Self-doubt and feeling unworthy are two common issues for entrepreneurs. They lead to ideas and fears of failure, and when rumination is present, it can cause severe anxiety and even anger-management problems.

    Summary:

    Meditation is more than sitting quietly without thinking. There are many techniques, one of which is mindfulness. Mindfulness is an essential aspect of CBT, and it offers substantial benefits to entrepreneurs- mental health benefits and performance benefits being just two of them. With a regular meditation practice, you can gain mental clarity, improve your emotional health and performance, and achieve laser focus. In sum, meditation offers you a secret weapon- even in your professional life.

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    2 Minute Meditation Technique

    Want to calm your mind and body?

    Meditation is one of the few actions that can calm both at the same time,

    which can be very helpful in times when your body is tired and your mind is racing or when your mind is relaxed but you can’t stop bouncing off the walls.

    This might happen in times like

    • when you are trying to sleep or
    • when you have had a ton of caffeine and it puts you in overdrive, but now it’s time to wind down.

    One benefit of calming your mind and body simultaneously is that you can experience complete relaxation and reap the rewards of your body’s relaxation response.

    Here’s the technique.

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