The main barrier to finding your Ikigai: Stress
Let me tell you that it is a normal reaction to the context of uncertainty and immediacy in which we find ourselves. The fear of the future and the “what will happen”, generates a strong internal tension, difficult to sustain over time, which brings us discomfort and can lead to physical and emotional health problems.
It is a fact that nowadays, both the job search and focusing on your work project without stress or anxiety taking hold of you, becomes a real challenge.
Anxiety appears when being “here”, you want to be “there” and you have been holding this stress for a long time. Eckhart Tolle explains it very well in his book The Power of Now:
“When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home wherever you are. If you don’t feel comfortable in the now, you’ll feel uncomfortable wherever you go.”
Fortunately, emotional well-being is becoming increasingly important in the professional context and companies such as Google, HBO, Apple or Nike are betting on the practice of meditation in the professional context.
Meditation is an ancient tool originating in the East, which allows us to disconnect from the world to connect with ourselves. Something deeply necessary in the new era of digitalization in which we live, where we have to process millions of inputs per second and it becomes essential to slow down and humanize ourselves, so as not to saturate our brain.
Just as you dedicate more than 8 hours a day to your work. Your body, mind and heart need a few minutes of attention.
For this reason, I suggest you start NOW! Dedicating 10 minutes to meditate: Right here, yes, sitting where you are. Put your back straight, wake up your neck and close your eyes. The gesture of closing the eyes allows us to put the focus inside to connect with oneself. Start breathing diaphragmatically and focus on your breath, how the air enters and exits through your nose. If thoughts or emotions come to you, observe them and let them pass and come back to you. Don’t think you don’t know how to meditate or you are doing it wrong, there is no expectation, whatever happens is fine. You don’t have to do anything, just observe and be present “here and now”, the only moment that exists. And when you want, you take three deep breaths and at your own pace; you come back opening your eyes.
To meditate is to come home, to experience a sense of coherence and meaning where you discover the greatness that resides within you.
This little space that you have given yourself allows you to lower your neural frequency, calm your mind and mitigate stress. And that’s why if you make meditation a habit in your life, you will begin to see the positive impact it has. You will understand your emotions better, boost your attention, memory and productivity. You will have a greater focus for your goals, decrease anxiety, improve sleep quality, open a space to develop your creativity and establish in you a sense of fulfillment, well-being and peace.
You have to find the right time, for example when you wake up or go to bed, and a comfortable space to do it. You can start with a few minutes and then expand until it becomes part of your daily routine. Then see which technique suits you best. You can meditate by looking at candlelight, practicing mindfulness, with relaxing music, repeating an affirmation, doing breathing exercises, etc.
Even if you thought that meditation was a mystical practice, you can see that its effects are very earthly.
My experience of 10 years as a meditation mentor accompanying individuals, SMEs and large corporations has shown me the incredible potential it awakens in people, helping them to find their Ikigai (meaning in life) and consequently improving the company’s climate, culture and results.
You will see how the development of emotional intelligence and mindfulness will be very transformative and catapult your professional development 🚀.
I wish you the best in your work path and I will be happy to accompany you on the path of personal growth and meditation, if you feel so. You can contact me here: email@example.com.
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