“Meditation is a tool to help de-excite your nervous system so you can perform at the top of your game in every area of your life.”
The Neuroscience of Stress – Ziva Meditation
“Stress makes you stupid.”
Emily Fletcher notes “Stress is actually keeping you from performing at the top of your game. I tend to work with a lot of high performers.
“My CEO clients will say ‘Emily, my stress is the thing that gives me my cutting edge, that’s the thing that keeps me, you know, competitive and in the game’ – and my actors will say to me, ‘Emily, I need my stress…this is where my art comes from.’
“But here’s the news – stress is not helping you in the performance department; as a matter of fact, stress makes you stupid.”
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Finish Strong, Start Stronger – a free gift collection from zivaMIND
This is a short excerpt from the video by Emily Fletcher in her free collection of gifts:
The video is “designed to help you acknowledge and celebrate your successes from 2016, so you can build on them for 2017.
“Taking a few minutes to get clear on what you want to create in your life will help you bring your desires into fruition with elegance and ease.”
“You can’t build on top of success you don’t acknowledge” – Dallas Travers
Emily continues, “It is easy to set goals or intentions from a place of lack, ‘I wish I had more savings… I want to lose weight… I need a boyfriend.
“How much better would it feel to first look at every area of your life and write down what you are proud of, then set your intentions from there? It makes all the difference.
“In this video exercise called Finish Strong, Start Stronger I walk you through every area of your life from your finances, to your spiritual life, to your sex life.
“You will get clear on what you want to create and how you want to use your talents to leave the world a little brighter.
“You’ll find 4 powerful tools to help you step into your full potential in 2017:
* Video lesson: Finish Strong, Start Stronger
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“My morning meditation is like taking a shower for my brain.”
Meditation and the mind – Is it the new caffeine?
Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation comments:
I want to share with you why I think you should meditate, not caffeinate – Just kidding, I’m not going to tell you what to do.
But I did get invited to the Google headquarters here in New York City to give a talk on why meditation is the new caffeine.
I love that meditation and caffeine are even being used in the same sentence, because it means that meditation has officially been rebranded as a productivity tool.
Think about the reason why most of us drink caffeine – because we’re exhausted, we’re looking for energy, we really have to focus in and execute on a task quickly.
So here’s why I think meditation actually is the new caffeine: when you meditate, you’re giving your body rest that is five times deeper than sleep.
This is not an insignificant point; when you’re meditating you’re de-exciting your nervous system, slowing down your metabolic rate in a way that not only releases stress from your nervous system but also makes you more awake on the other side.
You’re going to have more computing power, more energy to accomplish your tasks.
Meditation and breathing for stress relief
Emily Fletcher wrote in an edition of her newsletter:
As we get closer to the holidays, life seems to intensify.
Here are my favorite tips for staying on top of your game no matter what kind of demands the holiday season brings:
Traveling this season? If you’re flying and you already have a daily meditation practice, I recommend adding a few extra sittings into your travel.
Flying is tough on the body. Anytime the human body moves faster than a run, it’s draining to your system, so be sure to top up on your adaptation energy with a delicious dive.
Pro tip: try takeoff and landing. I mean, what else are you going to do?
Find some inner calm while stuck on a plane, waiting in a busy train station or even shopping in a crowded store! Use this simple breathing exercise I call Balancing Breath – watch this video to learn how.
You’d be surprised at how this simple 3 min technique can give you a new perspective on even the most challenging situation. Looks a little silly, but feels amazing. I do it every time I’m about to walk on stage.
Come to Your Senses
Don’t let holiday shopping, planning or relatives get the best of you.
If you feel like you’re at a breaking point, find a bench or sneak away to try a technique I call Come to Your Senses.
This practice will help ground you in the present moment and leave you feeling calm and centered.
(See video: Come to Your Senses.)
Emily Fletcher was a participant in the Consciousness Engineering program by Mindvalley Academy.
Her conversation with CEO Vishen Lakhiani was titled Meditation For Better Performance. The website summarizes:
“Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in Meditation.
“She has been invited to teach at Google, Harvard Business School, Summit Series, Viacom, Awesomeness Fest & Relativity Media.
“Emily…was inspired to share this practice with others after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits it provided her during her career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, A Chorus Line and many others.”
In her conversation, Fletcher says,
“I do my morning meditation and then it’s like taking a shower for my brain.
“And I immediately feel ahead of the game and I feel charged and ready for the day. I know it’s cliché because I am a meditation teacher but it is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
“That, and I would say selfishly, I love waking up to emails from my students and clients telling me that, ‘I wrote this book. ‘I stopped drinking.’ ‘I lost ten pounds.’
”All because they’ve learned this simple stress relieving technique” at zivaMind.
Emily Fletcher notes meditation is quite simply a stress-relieving tool.
“It’s a tool to help de-excite your nervous system so you can get rid of stress in your body which is going to help you perform at the top of your game in every area of your life.
“I actually found meditation during my 10-year career on Broadway.
“I was doing ‘A Chorus Line’ and I was understudying three of the lead roles which means that you show up to the theater and have no idea who you’re going to go on for.
“Sometimes I would start the show as one character and then halfway through they would switch me to a different character or I’d be chilling in my dressing room doing my taxes and they would say ‘Emily Fletcher to the stage’ – and I would start panicking because I wouldn’t know which part I was going on for.
“Long story short, I started having insomnia – I couldn’t sleep through the night for 18 months; I started going gray at the tender age of 26, and I was miserable.
“So I went to this meditation class I liked what I heard, it made sense to me.
“On the first day of the first course I was ‘meditating’ – I didn’t know what that meant but I was doing something different than I had ever done before and I liked it.
“And then that night I slept through the night for the first time in 18 months and I have every night since and that was eight years ago.”
“JAMA Internal Medicine found that meditation helps heal depression and anxiety about as effectively as antidepressants. It floods the brain with dopamine & serotonin.”
(Time Magazine, 1.17.14, “We Need to Take Meditation More Seriously as Medicine.”)
(This is only one of countless articles on how meditation works and how it helps emotional health.)
Happiness and meditation
Emily Fletcher comments:
“Before starting a meditation practice, we’re often stuck in the trap of thinking that our happiness lies on the other side of a relationship, or a beautiful house, or another zero in our bank account.
“But once we start meditating, we realize that our happiness lies inside us, and we stop looking towards outside things to fulfill us.
“Instead, we start looking for ways to give back and to share our joy and creativity with the world.
“Before meditation, we are need looking for fulfillment. After meditation, we are fulfillment looking for need.
“So, the question then becomes: how do we take action to deliver our fulfillment? How do we learn to listen to our intuition, and to trust that nature is guiding us?
“When it comes to giving directives, nature is going to give them to the people who are awake and paying attention and listening.
“So we have to uplevel our consciousness if we want to be able to receive those instructions.”
From page for her audio program Conscious Design of Pure Happiness.
Testimonials on her site ZivaMIND.
“I used to go through life gripping everything so tightly, I also had terrible stage fright.
“Since learning Ziva meditation, everything shifted. I rarely have performance anxiety anymore.
“Even during The Sound of Music performing live for millions of people, I wasn’t nervous.”
Laura Benanti, TONY award winner and actor inTV series including “Nashville” and “The Good Wife.”
“I used to think, I can’t ever quiet my mind, how can I learn to meditate?
“After the Ziva course I know that even if I am having thoughts it is still working. Now it is a part of my daily ritual and people have noticed a change, they say, ‘you look so radiant!’
“Emily taught it to Channing as well, so we had a family learning experience.”
Jenna Dewan-Tatum – Actress in Supergirl & Witches of East End, etc.
Dallas Travers, Award winning author & business coach
Hee Sun-woo, CEO Hire Records
Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times bestselling Author
Eric Taylor, Mechanical Engineer
Cathy Guterman, Transition & Recovery Coach
Glenn Kallison, President, Relativity School
Marian Sorenson, Actor/Independent Film Producer
From the zivaMIND site:
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