Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. – Meditate better with the help of this global leader’s tips! [Fridays: Mindfulness by Miles]
Miles Everson’s Business Builder Daily speaks to the heart of what great marketers, business leaders, and other professionals need to succeed in advertising, communications, managing their investments, career strategy, and more.
A Note from Miles Everson:
Welcome to today’s edition of “Mindfulness by Miles!”
Every Friday, we write articles about a topic or event that I find useful in my daily life. Our hope is that my experiences and personal interests will also help you improve in your personal life or career.
Today, we’re focusing on the topic of meditation. I personally am fond of this activity because it’s simple yet the benefits are vast! My body never fails to feel 10 times better after I meditate.
Would you like to know how you can improve your meditation practice too?
Continue reading the article below to find out.
CEO, MBO Partners
Chairman of the Advisory Board, The I Institute
Mindfulness by Miles
n a past “The Independent Investor” article, we talked about the positive impacts of meditation on investing. These include:
- Avoiding cognitive biases such as sunk-cost bias
- Reducing reward-seeking stimulations
- Preventing overreactions to sensational financial news
- Nurturing discipline, mental clarity, and emotional stability
- Improving meta-cognition and present-moment awareness
We also mentioned some of the world’s billionaire investors who are avid meditators. They all agree that meditating for a few minutes each day helps them become more focused and efficient in their work and investment strategies.
Today, we’ll talk about this subject with a focus on improved health. So, for those of you who would like to learn how to meditate better, keep reading this article!
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Meditation is simple yet for some beginners, this practice sometimes feels daunting. In fact, Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners, says he knows some people who’d like to start the habit of meditating but don’t know how to.
Here’s the thing: There’s superficial meditation and deep meditation. Everson believes you can only learn the difference between these two and improve your technique through consistent practice.
Below are some benefits of meditation:
- Reduced stress
- Increased self-awareness
- Improved health
To experience these benefits, Everson says you have to make sure you’re actually meditating and not just sitting in a quiet place.
While it’s a given that you won’t instantly experience deep meditation at first, especially when you’re still learning the ropes of this exercise, there are things you can do to shorten your learning curve.
Everson shares some advice to experience the wellbeing that comes with meditating beyond the level of mental chatter:
- Avoid energy zappers.
Everson says we aren’t “superhumans” but we still have our own “kryptonites”—anything that makes us feel physically weak.
So, if you want to maximize the benefits you can get from meditation, he recommends that you do these tips:
- Avoid junk food. Eating these kinds of food gives more work for your body cells because they’re fighting off the toxic substances you ingest. Unlike if you eat well-sourced, real food, your cells spend less energy resisting toxins and convert more energy for your body.
- Expose yourself to hormetic doses of sunlight. Early morning sunlight helps revitalize and energize your body for hours.
- Get a good amount of sleep. Lack of sleep is bad for your body. If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, consider doing a few before-bed exercises, reading, journaling, or even consulting your physician if the situation doesn’t get better over time.
Everson says doing these things will help keep your body in good shape… and the healthier your body is, the more you’ll experience the benefits of meditation.
- Incorporate exercise into your routine.
Meditation and fitness are linked in a way that meditation prepares your body for exercise, and exercise conditions your body to help you meditate better.
It’s a two-way street!
Additionally, studies show that doing both meditation and exercise produces a more calm and controlled thinking, and improved creativity and concentration.
So, the next time you don’t feel like exercising, remember the things you could miss out on—in terms of your physical health and meditation. Everson says this will motivate you to do a few stretches, jogs, walks, etc.
- Add good fats to your diet.
Food with good fats like avocados, fish, nuts, and others gives a steady supply of fuel to your body’s mitochondria—the powerhouse of your cells.
When your mitochondria are strong, your cells are also strong… and when your cells are strong, you feel awake and alert.
Simply said, your mitochondria power everything, including your meditation. While you may think of this exercise as a time to turn off, the reality is your cells and neurons have an active role in getting your mind and body into the beneficial state of meditation.
To do what they need to do, your cells and neurons burn a ton of energy that the mitochondria provide. So, to keep the powerhouse of your cells working for your good, you have to supply them with fuel that comes from high-fat food.
Meditation can be daunting at first but it gets easier as long as you have the patience and determination to consistently practice it.
… and according to Everson, if you’re looking for some guidance, you may download a few meditation apps. These software offer a simple timer, allowing you to choose how long you meditate for. Some also offer guided meditations.
You may also want to try what Everson did when he first tried meditation—he looked for a quiet place, sat peacefully, closed his eyes, practiced his breathing, and paid attention to his surroundings.
He did this for only 10 minutes, yet the benefits he experienced were exponential! That’s why he highly recommends that you try meditation too.
We hope you learned a lot from today’s “Mindfulness by Miles” article!
Everson says if you want to know more about his mindfulness tips, you may connect with him through his LinkedIn account.
Have a nice day!
(This article is from The Business Builder Daily, a newsletter by The I Institute in collaboration with MBO Partners.)
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“Fridays: Mindfulness by Miles”
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Companies and individuals of this kind have found ways to escape the grind of commoditization and competition by focusing on the RIGHT goals.
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Every Friday, we’ll publish tips and insights from MBO Partners and The I Institute’s “The Business Builder Daily” newsletter.
These will help you gain knowledge on the things that Miles Everson, the CEO of MBO Partners, often talks about regarding the future of the workforce.
We’ll also highlight other mindfulness advice on how you can be a high-performing individual both in your career and personal life.
Hope you’ve found this week’s insight interesting and helpful.
Stay tuned for next Friday’s “Mindfulness by Miles!”
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