I found out about the benefits of meditation when I was a nervous, stressed-out middle manager in a Fortune 500 company.
I didn’t know how to relax, let alone get in touch with my inner self. I had no time to think about my inner self, I was too busy worrying about how my outer self was performing. The pressure I was under was tremendous. I had been brought in from the outside to start a new program of an inside sales group—we were going to sell product to smaller accounts over the phone. At the time it was a fairly new concept and not very well accepted in the marketplace. I had led a similar team in a similar company, so I got the job.
I had made one friend at my new company, and she very astutely observed that I was in need of a massage. It so happened that her sister was a massage therapist, so off we went after a long day at work to get a massage. Her dear sister worked on my stiff neck for one hour, and was unable to make any progress in getting me to relax. She privately declared to my friend that I was a hopeless case.
So that’s how I rolled through the endless business days--cramped, tired, stressed out, paranoid and cranky. I worked harder and harder, falsely believing that this was how I would succeed—just kept putting one fatigued foot in front of the other, kept my head down and hoped for the best. One of the benefits of meditation is to learn to relax. Looking back I could have used this information at the time.
I really backed into the benefits of meditation through my desire to learn how to hypnotize myself. Throughout this time period I kept getting a little message in my head that I needed to learn hypnosis. I had attended a past life regression seminar a couple of years before. This experience left me hungry for more information. I was strongly getting the message that I needed to learn self hypnosis in order to learn more about my life purpose and plan--and to figure out why I now found myself in such a pressure-filled situation as my current job. I didn’t know that I would soon learn to appreciate the benefits of meditation for other reasons.
So I enrolled in a hypnotist training course with no real desire to learn how to hypnotize others, but to use it as a tool in my own self discovery journey. My class and my instructor didn’t disappoint. The instructor put the entire class into a light trance at the beginning of Day One and kept us there throughout the class. He would take off the spell at the end of the day and invoke it once again each morning. This proved to be just what I needed. I was so nervous and stressed out, that nothing else really would enable me to relax. The result of being in a hypnotic trance for five days was remarkable. My stiff neck disappeared the first night and my body continued to relax throughout the week.
One of the biggest benefits of meditation for me is that I eventually mastered this job situation and came out a winner. I found there were many more benefits of meditation. I was able to filter out the distractions and noise of those who wished me to fail and focus on making our sales goals. My group achieved all of their sales goals that first year and more--virtually every one of my people received a high achiever award that first year. We continued our success for many years after that. I found out that performing a difficult job becomes much easier when you are relaxed, calm and able to view situations from a higher perspective--all benefits of meditation.
There are many methods of meditation that you can learn. If you are a hard core, uptight, nervous case like me and find that these methods don’t work, I would highly recommend learning self-hypnosis to help you relax and explore the benefits of meditation. It is a wonderful pathway to meditation. There are many, many benefits of meditation. I am going to outline seven of them here that I have personally experienced.
Are there Disadvantages to Meditation?
I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe there are only benefits to meditation. As I was researching for this article, I ran across several articles about the disadvantages of meditation.
It seems these disadvantages all boil down to one concept—that if you meditate “too much” you will become too disengaged from the real world and won’t be able to perform. The advice in these articles was to limit meditation to 15 minutes per day. I had to laugh as I recalled a meeting I once had with a headhunter.
I took a three-year hiatus from the business world after I left the position I described in the introduction to this article. During that time I explored every metaphysical concept I could find. It was the greatest three years of my life, as I discovered my true self. I had co-authored a training course, Breaking Through Barriers, with my two partners and had spent much of my time testing out the processes for the course that we had written. Needless to say, I was “blissed out” from a lot of meditation.
It taught me something. The world is so frenetic that we expect others to act stressed out and nervous, especially those in certain professions. When we run across someone who is calm, collected and confident, we think it is strange. This is such a shock to some people that they write articles about the “disadvantages” of meditation. But those of us who practice meditation know that we have a competitive edge called meditation. I find more and more benefits of meditation as the years go by.
What benefits of meditation have you found? I would love to hear about it. Please contact me here.
Click Below for Related Articles:
If you like what you see, please sign up for my regular newsletter, Possibility, to receive the latest information. To receive each new post as it is written, please sign up for the RSS feed on the lower left side of this page.
Get a free e-book titled Survival Guide for Corporate Climbers and a relaxation audio download when you sign up for this newsletter! Two great thank-you gifts for signing up!
Want to stay up-to-date on the latest in energy-based motivation and self improvement techniques? Sign up here for my regular newsletter titled Possibility. You will receive:
My name is Carolyn Jolly. My professional life has been in sales, marketing and IT management. Along the way I’ve been studying and experimenting with self improvement and personal development techniques for the past 20 years. I have had more than a few mind-blowing experiences and I’ve made some discoveries that have shaped my ideas. I’m now using this website to pass those ideas along.
Our world is changing very rapidly. Many of the constants and institutions we thought to be permanent are now crumbling or changing drastically. This website is dedicated to those interested in how to manage their lives in light of these changes or in just becoming a better person. I hope the information you find here will stimulate you to embark on your own voyage of motivation and self improvement.
I hope that you will find something here that interests you. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me here.