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The Struggle and Appreciation of Meditation as an Entrepreneur

I admit I was struggling to find a topic for this blog post. I sat at my computer with writer’s block which is uncommon for me. So, what did I do? I left. I left, read, and went to a meditation class. Ironic, then that my head wanted to race during meditation. After this, I realized that meditation is a great subject to share with entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs. 

I’ve been attending group meditation classes for a couple years now, and I admit that I don’t always get to that meditative state. I probably only get there 20% of the time. (Okay – 10%.) Like today, I struggle to be mindful, stay focused on my breath, and meditate.

What I’ve realized and was appreciative of was the effort to sit there for an hour and try. I also appreciated the effort to sit there and think. I didn’t meditate, but I did hop on that mind-train and rode that for a good bit. That, in itself, can be a wonderful thing because I don’t take enough time to sit in peace and think.

Meditation is supposed to provide all sorts of benefits to which I can summarize: lower stress/ cortisol levels, practice mindfulness, develop patience, etc. Many entrepreneurs have practiced meditation to help cope with the stress and go-go-go life including Jeff Weiner (CEO, LinkedIn), Marc Benioff (CEO, Salesforce.com), Oprah Winfrey (a media mogul), etc.

The gist is to make time and effort for the things that matter. The benefits can be realized with diligent practice. Realize, too, the use of the word “practice” because that’s important. “Anything worth having never comes easy,” as Bob Kelso from Scrubs once said. Meditation is a constant practice. Though one practice (or many) may not achieve the goal, there’s the next practice.

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