Meditation is the one skill you can develop that will make the biggest difference for your arts business. If you can start every day with a clean clear brain you are ready for anything. This week JP shares 3 meditation hacks that can help you make meditation your newest and most important skill
Hi. It’s John Paul Fischbach, the Chief Alchemist here at the Auspicious Arts Incubator. This week’s Hot Tip Tuesday is about washing your brain. Now the other morning in the shower, I had a thought, most of us like to start our day fresh and clean. We wash our body. We wash our teeth. But there’s one thing that really needs to be fresh and clean each day, and that’s our brain. And we don’t really wash our brain, do we? Now, washing our brain is called meditation.
A morning meditation is the new breakfast of champions. I’m going to talk about one specific type of meditation, focused meditation or mindful meditation. And that’s where you focus on one specific thing. That could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on that one point and then continually bring our attention back to that focal point when it wanders, and it will. All right, so you’re saying, “Well, why start your day with meditation?” because that’s how you can wash your brain. We all know how to take a four minute shower, right? But you get way more benefit from a four minute meditation.
Now, there’s a whole bunch of benefits about why you would do meditation. But there are two that I want to share because they’re what works is for me. The first benefit of meditation is better focus. Focusing our attention and being aware when it drifts actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating. It’s true. The second benefit is less anxiety. Now, the reason that there’s less anxiety is because we’re actually loosening the connections of a particular neural pathway in the me center.
Now technically, it’s the medial prefrontal cortex. We want to loosen this connection because the me center is the part that processes information relating to ourselves and our experiences. Now normally, the neural pathways that run from the body sensations and the fear centers of the brain to the me center are actually really strong. So for example, when you experience a scary or an upsetting sensation, it triggers a strong reaction in your me center, making you feel scared and feel like you’re under attack.
Well, when we meditate, we weaken this neural connection. And this means that we don’t react strongly to sensations that might once have lit up our me center and pulled our focus and taken us down the lack, fear, scarcity and desperation hole. Okay, so look, you wash your body, you wash your teeth every day. What about starting the day washing your mind? There are a couple of quick ways to get started. If you’ve never meditated, I suggest look at these three, headspace.com, zen12.com. or omharmonics.com. All three of them are really quick, simple ways to get you started.
Now if you found this hot tip helpful, please like the video. If you know someone who could really benefit from this hot tip, please share it. I’d love to hear from those of you who are meditating. What do you use? What tools have you used? Or the websites that you like. Let us know. Let’s share all the good stuff around about clearing and washing the brain. This is just one of the ways that we, at the Auspicious Arts Incubator, are trying to help you and all independent artists. When you need real practical advice for your arts business, check us out at www.auspiciousartsincubator.org.