As a business owner, I pride myself on my work ethic. I’m a hard worker. I get things done. I power through. I’m tough, resilient and I never take my eye off the ball, and for the longest time, I thought that if I wasn’t worrying or in a state of stress, it would all come crashing down. Like somehow my anxiety and constant obsessing was holding it all up. It showed my commitment. And how could something I’m so committed to fail?
Because that’s the real fear, right? That it’s all going to come crashing down the second you dare to relax?
I’ve been working on my own self development steadily since 2020. I’ve read all the recommended books. I wake up early. I cold plunge. I journal and exercise. And like so many others, I tried meditation, but how could I possibly have time to meditate and be a business owner? I have a million things to do! I run a company that manufactures and sells custom mouth guards. I’m the CEO, CFO, technician, accountant, plumber, janitor and everything in between. My mind would run wild.
Luckily, I stuck with it and now it’s my No. 1 thing I must do every day. I put meditation above everything else because I work best when I’m relaxed, intentional, trusting and centered.
They say daily meditation is a practice. It’s like a muscle that gets stronger every time you show up. And once you start to get it, everything really does get better. So why do it?
Meditation offers clarity
It may seem counterintuitive, but turning off your head and thinking about nothing is exactly what the universe desires. When you quiet your mind and dissolve the ego, strange things happen. A sense of neutrality and tranquilly settles in, and once you feel it, you’ll be returning for more.
There is a time to reap, a time to sow and there’s a time for you to sit your butt down and shut that brain off. The world will still be there waiting when you come back and you’ll be able to approach whatever the issue is with more confidence and clarity.
It minimizes over thinking
The late Thich Nhat Hahn and many other Zen leaders say we all think too much. And when we’re trapped in our minds, we’re not really free. Our bodies are present, but our minds are elsewhere. As a result, we are unable to deliver our full effort. When we provide the best of ourselves (which can only be accomplished by living in the present moment), we are in a position to serve others. This is a loving gesture. Remember Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion: There is an equal and opposite reaction to every action. What you put out will return to you.
Your brain gets worn out from all the thinking. Become softer; tune into the breath; just be. The present moment is usually a perfect place to exist. You’re not losing anything, especially not time. In fact, you’re gaining it because you’re learning how to really live.
It realigns us with our center
When we’re in alignment with the universe, we’re in a flow state. You can feel it when you’re in the flow state and you can certainly feel it when you’re out of it.
Many of us exist everyday swimming upstream. We stress and normalize it. We say things like
“Everyone I know is stressed and busy. It’s just life.”
“But life is lived through our own unique lens. Quiet the mind. Dare to let go — there’s magic in it.”
Always remember to remain patient. Sit quietly and breathe in and out. Concentrate on your breathing and remember to be gentle with yourself. Don’t chastise yourself if your mind wander. Consider your thoughts to be passing clouds, and return your attention to your breathing. Think of nothing as you go in and out.
Your thoughts will wander. Maintain firm control over the mind and gradually guide it back to nothingness. Do this every day for as long as you can sit. Don’t miss a day. Keep going.
It will get easier, and a whole new way of being will begin to reveal itself to you, and you will be a better business owner as a result. I’m sure I am.