We all have stress. Stress comes from worry, self-doubt, fear, anger, hurt, guilt …or just having a bad day. Most stress negatively impacts our relationships, our work, how we lead, manage and produce positive results in every aspect of our life. What’s more, many studies have shown that stress affects our health. In fact, the American Institute of Stress has linked stress to the six leading causes of death.
The Mayo Clinic recommends using meditation to take a stress break. The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga. Aetna, Merck, General Mills and many other corporations are exploring how meditation makes their employees more effective. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years originally to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is one of the best tools for relaxation, stress reduction, clarity and focus.
Personally, when I feel overwhelmed, I sometimes remember to stop and take
10 minutes to meditate using guided meditations on a DVD or in a podcast. I like Deepak Chopra’s soothing voice. His meditations, among others, help me enter a more relaxed state where I can be more effective, think more clearly and make better decisions.
Recently, I asked myself, “What if I could feel more relaxed and present more often…not just when I get desperate? What if I started my day more focused, and lived each day more present and productive? I know I would react differently in stressful situations with family, friends and colleagues.”
That’s why I was delighted to learn that Cojourneo, the popular website offering online workshops for personal and professional development, was presenting a free webinar by meditation guru and New York Times best-selling author Susan Piver, on Wednesday May 22 from 12pm – 1pm EDT. First of all, I’m a long standing Susan Piver fan. She’s author of seven books, including the break-through book “The Hard Questions” and the award-winning “How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life.” She’s been authorized to teach meditation since 2006. Susan knows her stuff. She was a popular speaker at Women’s Leadership Exchange.
If you are wondering if meditation could be useful to you, register here for the free webinar.
If you can’t make it at that exact time, register anyway, because you will be able to access it later in the week. (Full disclosure: I work with Cojourneo, so, while I truly believe in the benefits of meditation, I also have a professional interest in urging you take the free webinar.)
If you already know you want to incorporate meditation into your life, and are unable to attend the free webinar, you can register for Susan Piver’s 4-week workshop, which begins online June 1 on Cojourneo. In the workshop Susan will walk us — I’m taking the workshop, too — through the meditation process and help us incorporate meditation in our life. The workshop, which you can access on your own schedule, also includes Cojourneo’s collaborative small group video sessions and live office hours with Susan.
Better and better,