Steep (business) pistes to tackle? Why meditation might be a bad idea
Sometimes meditation is the least helpful thing you could do.
Getting out of your comfort zone is THE standard for any entrepreneur – during some stretches even on a daily or hourly basis.
So, some weeks ago early in the morning, I was sitting on the balcony trying to calm my mind –
and all that happened was that I was becoming more and more irritable.
Now at first, I tried to beat myself up for not even being disciplined enough to meditate –
because OMG, at least these 10 minutes should be feasible, right?
The situation on a critical morning like that is every bit the same as if I’d be standing a the top of a steep ski piste.
Maybe you are not so much into skiing, then go ahead and replace that situation with anything else that might feel risky – and imagine that very moment before you get started. It might be shortly before an exam or the moment before you jump from the plane to go for a skydive…
The last thing I would ever do in a fear-evoking situation like this
would be to
- just stand there,
- doing nothing,
- trying to meditate.
Even if I imagine this now, I can feel the rousing fear inside of me – and also, though I am learning to cope better with acting while feeling fear it’s still easier to deal with if there is less of it. 😉
So, what I do instead to get me started down that scary piste:
- remind me that each ski piste will be done swing by swing by swing.
- remember that basically, I am a quite good skier
- focus on my breath
- create some inner strength and flexibility by activating the ‘Hara’ (the lower part of your belly, you might know this area from Pilates or Yoga)
- and just get over with it.
The only thing I definitely would never do is stay put on the top of the piste.
“Take time out of the equation.”
Don’t give that fear a chance even to put its foot forward onto your doorstep.
It’s better to get started and to meditate ON the way
Whenever things get difficult, focus on your breath. Get started rather than stuck.