I know there’s a stereotype that meditators are just “bliss bunnies” who float around on clouds and talk in artificially soothing tones. Are there some people like that? Sure. But now that meditation is moving into the mainstream, there are far more pragmatists who have embraced the practice and who still act and sound like normal people, who don’t speak in “yoga voice” and have the ability to not turn everything into a ceremony—they just do life far more efficiently and effectively than before. Meditation doesn’t turn you into a sedate, passive person; just look at all the examples we’ve seen from many of the world’s top performers—some of whom I’ve had the honor of teaching—who have experienced exactly the opposite! What it really does is allow you to access and enhance the very best parts of who you are—and who you want to be. It doesn’t change you; it makes you more yourself, but the best version of you rather than the sick, sad, and stressed you. Because the Z Technique focuses on three distinct practices for a multifaceted mental experience, it helps you be fully in the present (mindfulness), heal from the past (meditation), and consciously create your future (manifesting). It offers a complete overhaul of whatever aspects of your life, experiences, and ambitions need up-leveling.
Let’s take a hot second to reflect on the incredible benefits and advantages a twice daily practice can bring:
If this offered nothing more than a reduction of stress stored in your body and an increased ability to elegantly handle daily demands, wouldn’t that be worth it? Once you commit to a twice-a-day practice, you open yourself up to countless new opportunities that stress may have been blocking without you even knowing about them.
If this offered nothing more than a better night’s sleep, wouldn’t it be worth it? If you entered every day with a fresh mind and more energy, and only required two fifteen-minute sessions to maintain that level of energy, imagine how much more you could achieve in twenty-four hours.
If this offered nothing more than a stronger immune system and relief from the symptoms of chronic health conditions, wouldn’t it be worth it? Think about the amount of productivity you lose each year due to illnesses, aches, pains, and other physical ailments. What would you pay to drastically reduce—or even eliminate—many of those issues?
If this offered nothing more than neuroplasticity to keep your brain young and adaptable, wouldn’t it be worth it? Throw in the fact that it can also help reduce visible aging in the body (how much do you spend each year on wrinkle creams and hair dyes?), and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t consider it worth the time investment.
If this offered nothing more than rewiring your neurological pathways to make your brain better equipped to manage many simultaneous demands, wouldn’t that be worth it? Think of the incredible value that alone adds to your role in the workplace. If two fifteen-minute sessions a day can effectively turn you into the human version of a Swiss army knife, who wouldn’t want that?
If this offered nothing more than keenly sharpened intuition, wouldn’t it be worth it? Consider the amount of time you spend agonizing over choices. By empowering you to more easily recognize the subtle differences and themes in the options before you, the Z Technique can help save countless hours of internal debate—and maybe even years of regret.
If this offered nothing more than easier access to your brain’s natural flow state, wouldn’t it be worth it? The ability to tap into your inherent creativity and innovation without being inhibited by self-doubt is one of the best gifts you could possibly give yourself and your career.
And finally, if this offered nothing more than access to a sense of deep, personal fulfillment, wouldn’t it be worth it? Isn’t that ultimately what we’re all seeking—a sense of purpose and a means of making that purpose reality?
Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva, the creator of The Ziva Technique and regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performance. Her debut book, Stress Less, Accomplish More is being published by HarperCollins on Feb 19, 2019. The Ziva Technique is a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential. It’s benefits include decreased stress, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity and extraordinary performance. The New York Times, The Today Show, Vogue and ABC News have all featured Emily’s work. She’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness to watch, has taught more than 15,000 students around the world and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google, Harvard Business School, Viacom, & Wanderlust. Ziva graduates include Oscar, Grammy, Tony & Emmy award winners, NBA players, Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 CEOs, busy parents and social entrepreneurs.
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