Pundit starts his presentation to Google’s employees with a mind quieting exercise. This is like the meditation sessions that I was taught as a very young student.
It’s a powerful trick and works so well to get everyone in the room on the same page. Just try it.
In a busy meeting, ask everyone to do the same exercise (breathing in and out, deeply), and see how it changes the atmosphere in the room.
Suddenly everyone is focussed on the same thing – breathing in and out – and the room is no longer filled with the myriad thoughts and feelings and agenda of the room-full.
Pundit tells his family’s story to the room. They went from zero to hero and the rest is history. They were millionaires. It all seems like such a blessed life and one has to wonder why we are listening to this fellow talk about ‘stress’.
We find that after a perfect start in life, his newly-immigrated family had to start again. Life was turned upside down and their incredible house and life was destroyed. They moved to another country where English was not spoken.
Life was crazy and after a couple of years, the family moved back to USA. Bulgaria was not comfortable for them, no English, unfamiliar food and no friends or family.
Pundit fell into a very different life and joined a monastery. 15 years ago. He still, to this day, lives in this monastery, when he has learned about the human mind.
The human mind takes in everything the human smells, tastes, touches, hears and sees. The mind is bombarded every second of the day.
According to Psychology Today, the average person goes through 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day. 18million thoughts in a year. Our brians are so overloaded and exhausted, like an overfilled computer!
Many of our thoughts are about things that happened in the past. We spend so much time in the past. And if we’re not “living” in the past, we’re thinking about the future… planning, goal setting, organising.
We’re so exhausted living in the past and the future that we barely ever have a moment to relax.
There’s a whole lot going on in our brains all day long.
Stress, anger and anxiety take a toll on our body. Your mind might become focussed on an event and it could cause you nightmares, constant memory recall, dreams, night sweats, fear and apprehension. Think of how your body reacts to a scary nightmare? You come out of some nightmares with a heart-pounding, sweating body. The mind makes it real. The mind makes a reality. So much that we can’t realise what is real and what is not.
Take sleep-walking for example… Your mind makes a plan for you when you sleep walk. It decides what it wants you to do and makes you do it, then puts you back to bed and makes you forget it! The mind is a very powerful thing.
Watch the video now to see how Pundit helps the group to learn how to do focused meditation and relieve themselves of the stresses of working and trying to balance work and life. I assure you, you will feel more relaxed and rejuvenated by the meditation session at 45:00.
Anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, fatigue, high blood pressure, and anger are just some of the symptoms of stress. Stress not only affects our body, but also our mind
Lets look at some positive solutions for stress in our lives. I’m just giving you one hint here on this page, but check each link to find out more:
A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
HOBBIES AND FUN THINGS
YOUR COLLEAGUES AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
You probably know your workmates more than you know your wider family – really explore these relationships and make them positive influencers in your life.
Fill half your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Avoid comfort foods, please! Replace sugary drinks with water. Always have fruits or nuts by your side in case you’re feeling a sugar craving and this will help you to avoid the cravings that will make you head to the milk-bar and buy a chocolate bar.
Caffeine is a distraction at the immediate time. It takes your mind off the stressors in your life. Momentarily you are distracted from you life, and then shortly thereafter, you are on a caffeine high!
One of the last and most important things to bring us to the end of this article is Meditation.
Makes you more focussed.
Makes you more productive.
Enhances creativity and memory.
Decreases anxiety and stress.
Nourishes the mind, develops perspectives.
Helps you to feel the effects of (and counter) depression.
YOU CAN’T CONNECT THE DOTS LOOKING FORWARD, YOU CAN ONLY CONNECT THEM LOOKING BACK. Steve Jobs.
Meditation is a powerful tool to help you to focus on the important things that your body needs to rid itself of the stress that you may feel from your work and life.