3 Easy Steps to Fit Meditation Practice Into A Busy Life

Has meditation practice been shown to improve human health?

Studies are beginning to emerge which are documenting the wide ranging benefits of regular meditation practice. For example, one study concluded that practices like Zen meditation could help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (known as ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Meditation also was found effective in treating some forms of anxiety and depression..

The results of studies like the one listed above are extremely encouraging, especially now when health costs are skyrocketing. Meditation may offer people a cost effective method for dealing with many health issues. However, while many people are intrigued by these and other scientific accounts of the benefits of meditation, many feel that they do not have the time to practice meditation, or learn enough about it to really enjoy its benefits. However, meditation practice can be integrated into a busy lifestyle quite easily.

Would you like to enjoy the health benefits of meditation but feel that you cannot find the time to work it into your busy life? Follow these 3 easy steps and you will find it very easy to practice meditation on a daily basis, and enjoy its positive effects, even if you think you are too busy.

1. Decide how much time you have to meditate each day.

If its 10 minutes, then so be it. However, you may actually find that once you start practicing, more time will become available. And when you actually start experiencing the benefits meditation can bring, you will want to dedicate more time to your practice.

2. Divide whatever time you have decided you can dedicate to meditation in half, and practice half in the morning, and the other half in the evening right before going to bed.

If you decide you have 20 minutes each day to devote to meditation, use 10 of those minutes in the morning, and the other 10 minutes in the evening. The benefits of this are two fold. First, you begin and end each day by calming your mind and body, which will help you be more productive during the day, and sleep better at night. The second benefit is you will begin to impress upon your subconscious mind the importance of practicing meditation, which will make it easier for you to continue the practice long term.

3. Research and find a good beginners guide to meditation which is geared towards helping you focus your mind.

When you begin meditating, you will find your mind is very easily distracted. Therefore, I recommend not beginning your meditation journey with Zen like practices of emptying the mind, because those are advanced practices, and as a beginner you may find them challenging. Instead, try focusing your mind on something specific while meditating. For example, if you wish to meditate in the Christian tradition, you can use scripture, especially the Psalms, to calm the mind and focus it. If you are interested in eastern styles of meditation, find recordings of sacred sounds, or mantras like AUM, which are very effective for calming and focusing the mind. And non-religious practices can utilize recordings of the sounds of nature, accompanied by soothing music. Whatever you decide to use, make sure it is something that will help you calm your mind down so that your meditation practice is effective, and that you continue practicing with this method consistently.

The best part about step three is most of what you need can be acquired easily and at a very low cost. I hope you find these three steps helpful in beginning your meditation practice.

Why I Work with a Business-Life Coach

As one business owner to another, I highly recommend working with a business/life coach at least once during your life or the life cycle of your business. This experience will not only help you become a budding business owner, but you will gain insight and awareness about yourself as an individual. While I realize the expense of working with a coach may be considered a luxury, the benefits you gain far outweigh the financial constraints. I am not suggesting you go into debt to work with one, but if it’s within your budget, the payoff will justify the expense. I should know because I work with a coach and this experience has made a powerful impact in my life.

I am a Virtual Assistant and owner of The Essential Office. Before my career as a Virtual Assistant began, I was an Executive Assistant in the corporate world for over 14 years. All of my jobs were in industries I had no interest in and only stayed at them because they paid the bills. I consider myself a creative thinker and lifelong learner but these jobs rarely had tasks that challenged or kept me interested for long periods of time. Every couple of years, I’d get frustrated and move on to another job I thought would make me happy, but they never did. Soon, my frustration became visible to people around me, and this prompted me to take hold of my life. It dawned on me that the reason I worked at these jobs was because they felt “safe” to me, emotionally and financially. But I figured if I wanted to be happy, I needed to find a career I loved. So I began to do some research to find out what I could do to compliment the skills I had and give me the fulfillment I was looking for.

During my research, I discovered the virtual assistant industry. A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a business owner that provides administrative support to small business owners using the latest technology from their own home office. It sounded like an intriguing concept and something I never heard of in the administrative industry. As I continued my research, I learned a VA:

–> Owns her own business, and creates standards and boundaries for the way she wants to work

–> Chooses to work in industries that interests her

–> Works with people she wants to work with, forming partnerships and creating added value for them

–> Chooses the work she wants to do, while continuing to strengthen her skills and learning new technology

–> Works from home and creates her own schedule

I identified with so many of the skills and attributes of a VA. I thought it was the right career opportunity for me to give me the freedom to explore and challenge myself, but I was scared. Could I do this by myself, as a single mom? Who was I to ask for more than I had? Could I survive without a paycheck? What if I failed? Could I do this all on my own, and did I have the strength to challenge myself to get to where I wanted to be? Although these questions swam around in my head, something was tugging at me, that said go for it, find out more! Still, this was a new industry to me and I felt like I needed some guidance. As I kept reading and absorbing more information, my research led me to my coach, Pam and her website, http://www.whatswithinu.com. I’ve worked with therapists in the past, but I never worked with a coach. Being the open-minded person that I am, I decided to find out what the benefits were from working with one, so I contacted Pam and she gave me a free 30-minute consultation. At the end of our conversation, I knew I wanted to continue talking with her.

Pam is my cheerleader, confidante, and a shoulder to cry on. She motivates me, keeps me focused, and encourages me to do things I don’t trust myself to do (we’re still working on that one!). She reminds me to congratulate and treat myself on a job well done. Best of all, she reminds me of what I sometimes fail to forget – that I can do anything I want to. It hasn’t been easy for me. I opened deep wounds and fears that I stored away for a long time. I didn’t want to deal with them, but I knew I had to in order to live in the present and forward my life. Pam is so patient and she does not judge me. I trust her enough to say anything that’s on my mind and it feels so good when I do.

During the year we have worked together, so many changes in my life have taken place. I applied and was accepted into the Virtual Training Program at AssistU (www.assistu.com), the premiere training organization for VAs. I graduated from the program and started my VA practice last year. Eventually I overcame my fear of losing a regular paycheck, and quit my corporate job. If that weren’t enough, I took an even bigger step and moved away from our family and friends in New York City to Durham, North Carolina. We know almost no one here, but we moved so I could build my VA practice full-time, live at a slower pace, and create more time in my schedule to be with my daughter whenever she needs me. It’s been almost two months since we moved here. We’ve started to meet new people and I’m making contacts and learning new things that will help me build my business. Best of all, I am able to take my daughter to and from school each day, something I was never able to do when I worked in the corporate world. Each day I feel stronger and more confident in my abilities. It’s still scary, but as I continue to work with Pam, the fear is slowly disappearing. Our sessions help me set goals and be accountable for following through on them. One of my goals is to create a full practice of ideal clients and never go back to a corporate job again!

Like therapists, most coaches receive certification. Organizations like, International Coaching Federation (www.coachfederation.org) and CoachU (www.coachinc.com) offer training programs. Some coaches work with their clients in-person, or coach over the phone like I do with Pam. They specialize in life, business, and career coaching and within these specialties are detailed niches. For example, Pam supports “career professionals, entrepreneurs, and divorcees through the transitory, stuck, “What to do now?” stages of life.”

The best part about working with a coach is that you can make it what you want it to be. Coaches are there to support you and talk about anything you want. A coach helps you concentrate on living in the present and establish goals for getting you to a life you want to live. If you decide to work with a coach, it is important you feel comfortable working with him or her. Do some research, read their website, make sure they can support your needs and that you can afford their rates. But don’t despair, if you can’t find someone you can afford, some coaches do pro bono work or offer sliding scale rates. And if you are a business owner, some coaches will let you barter your services until you are able to pay them.

The advances I’ve made in myself and in my business have been life changing. I can’t say for sure I would be where I am today if I did it all by myself, but having support along the way has helped me build confidence in myself and my capabilities as a business owner. I’ve learned so much from working with Pam, I’ve decided I want to offer my services to coaches who help other people live beyond their dreams and create the life they want. Coaching may not be for everyone; it’s an emotional commitment and you have to be willing to work at it. But for those who are looking to make some changes and need a helping hand, working with a coach will get you started in the right direction.

From Entrepreneur to Author to Global Publisher and International Business Life Coach

Entrepreneur, Author, Global Publisher, Business Life Coach and self-made multi-millionaire and Father of 7 wonderful children, Darren Stephens quotes:

“Trust Your Intuition – It Guides and Protects Your Soul”

From entrepreneur to global publisher…

So how did he devise this unique publishing model?

Well, the short answer to that is he has a long and varied entrepreneurial history that he was able to draw on.

Darren is a true entrepreneur with years of experience and results to prove it. He is self-made multi-millionaire and is a seasoned business executive entrepreneur, growth strategist, speaker, business life coach and an international best selling author.

Darren was the founder and International chairman of Mars Venus Coaching, one of the worlds most respected and leading brands.

He is also International Franchise Director of the worlds No 1 eBay education company Bidding Buzz Global Limited with offices in 11 countries including Australia, Italy France, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and North America.

He’s recognized as an expert in the fields of Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Executive Mentoring, Franchising, International Publishing, Self-Development & Accelerated Psychological Transformation.

For more than 20 years, Darren has traveled, speaking to and motivating thousands of people in over 27 countries on how to create business, personal and financial success.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Jackie and their 7 children.

So you could say he is a Life Master for business and the publishing industry. And somehow his wife Jackie and himself was able to juggle all this while raising sevens kids. (No, this is not a misprint. They really have seven kids)

But during his long and varied business career, he noticed that a lot of first-time authors make big mistakes that often see them stuck with shed full of books they can’t even give away. In his book Our Internet Secrets, he will show you how to avoid them.

But first…

Here are Darren’s top 5 things becoming an entrepreneur, business life coach, publisher author can achieve for you

1. Make you an instant expert
2. Open up a string of joint venture and equity opportunities
3. Provides a great revenue source
4. You can use your book as a traffic-driving tool
5. Build an email list quickly.

The explanations to Darren’s top 5 things becoming a publisher author can achieve for you can be found in his book Our Internet Secrets.

Darren has recently been working with Life Master Jay McLean founder of Life Master Now. Life Master Now offers you quality business life coaching, with an abundance of powerful ideas providing easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply strategies that you can use immediately to increase your net business profit, your wealth, your success and your happiness.

With the success business life coaching strategies being revealed to you, you will begin to influence others more effectively and enhance your personal relationships. You will also improve your health and well being, eliminate fears and blockages that stop you from reaching your fullest potential and really experience more joy, fulfillment and massive success every day of your life.

Now, please enjoy and stay tuned for more! Thanks again Darren for this unbelievable opportunity to interview you and share many entrepreneurial ideas with you. It really was a blessing!

NOW, Make The Change And Excite Your Life!