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Meditation for Focus, Determination, and Stress Relief

The more I read and write about meditation, the more I think it’s something everyone should do. Here, keynote speaker and executive coach, Victoria Labalme talks about the benefits of meditation for focus, determination, and stress relief. Living in the present  or being mindful should not be underrated. Do you find yourself dwelling on the past or worrying about the future? Meditation can help with that. Here’s what Victoria Labalme has to say:

Meditation for Focus, Determination, and Stress Relief

Meditation For FocusThe more I practiced meditation, in class and in my bedroom, the faster that sense of calm and relaxation took hold. I started experimenting with guided suggestion—focusing my mind on my creativity and motivation, my focus and passion. After a year of meditating several times every week I can honestly say that I’m healthier, happier, and more in control of my mind than I’ve ever been. I feel emotionally secure, clear, and comfortable in my own head. I think everyone can benefit from regular meditation. It’s time for you to commune with your inner self. It’s time for you to identify problems and focus on solutions, to live in the present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Read more here from Victoria Labalme’s website

I started meditation a few months ago and I’m already starting to notice improvements including a greater ability to focus. I do it for 10-15 mins before bed and when I wake up in the morning before breakfast. Some people do this for half and hour to 45 minutes twice a day.  If you’d like to try meditation for focus, determination and stress relief then I’d highly recommend this low cost course from Dr Harlen Kilstein called 10 Minutes To Bliss.

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Meditation Can Improve Your Focus, Productivity and Memory

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ll have seen quite a few posts on how meditation can improve your focus, productivity and memory. Researchers at the University of Washington were able to deduce that those who undertook meditation training were able to concentrate better, remember more of what they had done, were more energized throughout their days and experienced fewer spells of negativity.

Meditation Can Improve Your Focus, Productivity and Memory

Meditation For focus, Productivity And MemoryIn the study, three groups each of 12 to 15 human resource managers were given 8-week training courses in 1) mindfulness meditation, 2) body relaxation, or 3) the mindfulness mediation after being on a wait list for eight weeks (the waitlist control group).

Participants were then tested for their speed, accuracy, and multi-tasking while doing common office tasks like word processing and using email, calendars, and instant messaging. The subjects also recorded their stress levels and memory performance.

The meditation group outperformed the others when it came to reduced stress, greater focus, and improved memory. The waitlist control group didn’t have reduced stress until after they did the meditation training eight weeks later. The relaxation group, oddly enough, wasn’t any less relaxed at work.

Read whole article from Life Hacker

If meditation can improve your focus, productivity and memory, why are more people not doing it? Is it because they feel strange doing it? Is it because they’re afraid of telling people that they meditate? Certainly growing up, if my friends or I ever saw people meditating in public, we’d think they’re a little strange. Nowadays, I’d look at them and think “fair play, good on you” – but that’s because of how much I’ve learned about its benefits since starting this website. If you’d like to give meditation a go, then I’d recommend 10 Minutes To Bliss by Dr Harlan Kilstein.

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