Meditation for Motivation
Meditating can be a very beneficial way to relax and relieve stress. Less commonly known however, meditation can also be a very effective means of summoning personal motivation. Follow these steps to open your mind and unlock endless potential from within yourself.
- Find a comfortable place and position to sit in
- Begin by becoming present. Initiate your senses by following these steps;
- List 5 things that you see. This can be as specific as you wish. Ex- Green curtains, the grain of the wood on the door…
- List 4 things you hear. Ex- The fan blowing, my own breathing…
- List 3 things you can feel. This step is important for being mindful of your body and its current physical state. Ex- I feel the cool air on my skin. I feel tension in my back and shoulders. I feel the softness of the bed beneath me…
- List 1-2 things you can smell. Ex- I smell the soft sent of the green tea candle I lit earlier…
- Now that you are completely present, picture your life as it is now. Visualize the simple things you do on a day to day basis, your daily tasks and routine. Be honest with yourself and bring even the things you wish were different to the forefront of your mind.
- Next picture your life as you would like it to be. Imagine all the things you have been working for have come to fruition. Be specific about this and imagine the details. For example- as a writer, I imagine that I have many clients, my calendar is full and so is my inbox. I imagine I organize my day to allow time for each assignment as well as quality time with my family. I even imagine what my daily routine would look like if my calendar was full and client requests were filling my inbox.
- Finally, draw the connection between the two different thoughts. What changes to your daily life can you make to draw nearer the picture of your life as you wish it was? If you are trying to lose weight, you may realize a step towards this would be to walk more every day, cut out more sugar and junk food or replace a hobby with a more active one. In my case, the image of having more clients can become closer to reality if I network more. Even reaching out to one or two more connections per day can improve the likelihood of making my imagined life a reality.
- Before you come out of this meditative state, harness any motivation you may have conjured during this period of mindfulness and relaxation. Breathe deeply for a minute while you commit to taking action towards something you realized may bring you closer to your goal.
If practiced regularly, this meditation should bring you the clarity and mindfulness you need to achieve your goals. If nothing else you can at least enjoy a minute of being present and relaxed.
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