Why we should all meditate

No, don’t freak out. I’m not a meditation-goeroe. To become happy and healthy please queue at Jet’s desk, for heels and wine, you’re welcome at mine. But I am also a workaholic that wants to conquer the world (big dreams are free) and anything that helps me get there in a more relaxed fashion is worth trying.

One of my role models is Ariana Huffington. You know, the founder of Huffington Post, which recently sold for a messy 315 million. She wrote a biography called Thrive, and sings words of praise to the meditation phenomena. And here are the reasons why.

Ariana starts each day with 20 to 30 minutes of ‘head time’ as she calls it. Breathing in deeply (the essence of meditation) calms the area in your brain that causes stress and anxiety. Meditation activates the area in your brain where empathy and decisions are made. Isolating yourself from the rest of the world helps you to connect and flow with things as they come. People that meditate often find solutions easier. Things don’t always need to go the way you expect (which rarely happens) and mediation makes is far easier to accept the situation and to mould it the way you need.

That is the reason that Ariana had meditation rooms created at the HufPost office for her staff, and also the reason that the CEO of LinkedIn and the founder of Twitter meditate each day. People who feel good are better at their work.

Your boss not a meditation-minded person? Don’t worry. Long live the modern times of mindfulness in the form of an app. Here are the best apps, according to Ariana, because she knows what she’s talking about.

Headspace (Emma Watson is a fan)

Thought Diary Pro

Way of Life

MyMoodTrackerLite

So with the mindset of don’t knock it till you try it, I’m trying out the lotus position this weekend. Are you?

(photo credit: pinterest.com)

BY May-Britt Mobach
Jongleert doordeweek met kinderen en laptops, vermoedt een serieuze shopverslaving en probeert lichtelijk obsessief latte- en wijngebruik van zich af te schudden door overmatig veel te sporten.
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