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Meditation

I used to have a colleague that would swear by his meditation routine as a way to combat stress and keep it together.


Do you meditate? Is it an essential activity? Over-hyped?


What are some good resources to try and get started?

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kiraugais
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@amyhyoungΒ I think we need your expertise here.
amyhyoung
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Haha should we do a War Room meditation/wellness event?Β 
funcoupons
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I do not meditate but am interested in the concept. I've heard good things about the meditation apps like Headspace to help get a newbie started. Excited to hear other people's opinions on this!
SDMHGWarrior
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CEO
YouTube, Headspace or the Calm App are good resources
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Kevin.Greene
Old School Bravo
Account Executive
I don't really meditate in classic form of sitting down with my eyes closed. I try and find other ways to give my mind some mental clarity. Working out and walks are my form of meditation in a sense. Meditation is whatever you make it!!!
ATLSalesQueen
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Insight timer is also a good one.
joeygal
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Sr. AE
Other than your traditional options like yoga or going for a walk, I use an app called Balance. Every morning at 6:30am, it pings me to do 2-5 minutes of meditation. You control the length of meditation time and what you struggle with most, and the app curates the content accordingly. If you keep up with it consistently, the app learns from you and continues to tailor the content to you specifically.
amyhyoung
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Meditation is definitely not over-hyped! It is challenging to get into, but do not be discouraged. Over time, you'll see the subtle changes in your mindset, decision making, and behavior.Β  But it requires dedication and effort - similar to any exercise, you won't see results right away. As a long time yogi, there are still days where it's hard for my monkey-mind to stop racing.Β 

Meditation can also come in many forms - for some people, that's taking a long hot bath, for others it could be running outside, or taking a quiet walk. Whatever helps you quiet the mind. Of course, over time, it is best to be able to sit (or lay) in silence and stillness.

Headspace is a great meditation app for newbies. Insight Timer and Calm app are also great bc you have more choice of what kind of meditation you're looking for. (if you want a 40% off discount for Calm app, let me know!).

Also different breathing exercises also helps relax the mind. An easy one to start with: You can try inhale slowly for 4 counts, and exhaling slowly and evenly for 6 counts. Let me know if that works :)Β 
CadenceCombat
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Account Executive
Great info. Thanks!
ScillaSalesKilla
Good Citizen
Account Executive
Personal game changer for me, I've been using Headspace for two years. It was difficult to really get into at first and there are still some days I go through a whole meditation without finding any stillness. But over the long term I have seen a huge improvement in my overall mental wellness, decision making, and stress management.

The biggest benefit of meditation for me is learning and practicing mindfulness. With the daily emotional rollercoaster of sales, it's helped me to keep more level-headed. I don't get as worked up when a prospect disengages or an install goes terribly wrong. I am better at labeling emotions as just emotions. I am better at delegating my mental energy to the tasks that need it most. And honestly just feel happier because I'm more present in the present.

Agree with all the comments here- make meditation what you want! Some ideas: take a walk and focus on your surroundings only, eat a meal with no distractions, exercise and practice mind-muscle connection.Β 

I'm a huge advocate for meditation. Try to stick with it and I'm sure you'll see positive results :)
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
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Thanks for the detailed answer!
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Dustin
Old School Bravo
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Strategic Sales
Essential - find an empty room whether at an office or home and use one of the various apps to get started. Calm, is my preference. After a while you’ll get used to it and won’t need the app. It’s awesome.Β 
RealEstateVeep
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VP of Real Estate
This is a rare occurrence - but if I happen to get pissed off I'll set a timer for five minutes and picture myself back on a ranch in Texas. Open fields, blue skies, hot sun on my skin. I throw in a river or pond sometimes that wasn't there just because bodies of water help me relax too. I just sit there and picture it and enjoy it. 5 minute are up and my blood pressure is down and I can keep working effectively.
SalesPharaoh
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AM BDR
I sometimes do Yoga. But I try to just have calm space i fall asleep

I heard people recommending calm app. So if you gave it a try then do share it
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