About 3 years ago, everything felt overwhelming. I was running my startup, Locket, and the company was growing so fast. We raised over $3 million dollars within a year of starting the company. I found myself in this cycle of just work/work/work/sleep/work. Sometimes just no sleep.
From time to time other people had recommended meditation to me, raving about the positive effects it had on their lives. I always ignored it; thinking it’s not for me.
And my favorite excuse “I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR MEDITATION!”
I could not have been more wrong. I finally discovered meditation when my coach got me to do “a quick exercise” where he instructed me to close my eyes, take a deep breath in and inhale/exhale a few times.
Fast forward 3 years later, meditation means so much to me that I started a new business, Simple Habit, around it. I even dropped out of Stanford Business School to pursue this idea because I genuinely believe in it. And best of all, I only meditate for 5 minutes at a time.
Meditation has allowed me to run a business while still remaining happy.
I never, ever, ever would have been able to predict this. And as a person who tried to control everything around me, it was a shock. Let me unpack what happened to me; maybe there is something that will help you.
Meditation doesn’t have to be to be hard. It can be as simple as a few deep breaths before going into a meeting. The trick that worked for me is to think of it as a vitamin, enhancing your day-to-day life.
Day 1: Introducing Mindfulness
Day 2: Body Awareness
Day 3: The Wandering Mind
Day 4: Staying Positive
Day 5: Relaxing the Body
Day 6: Acceptance Meditation
Day 7: Happier, Healthier You
If you like this series, you can access our Simple Habit app with many more free and premium meditations. As of today, we have over 60 top meditation teachers in this world and over 100o meditations in the app.
We call it “Prescriptive Meditation” — so you can choose your own problems and symptoms.
About Simple Habit: Designed by a team of world class meditation experts, Simple Habit meditations are just 5-minutes and personalized for all kinds of life situations from before sleep, taking a work break, commuting, and more. Simple Habit has been backed by Y Combinator and named by Business Insider as one of 2016’s top 27 startups to launch and we’re steadily growing since our launch in fall of 2016 to build a world where meditation is a daily habit.
Originally published at medium.com