There are three people asking you questions or need your attention all at once. You’re writing a report and thoughts of your most recent Netflix binge series keep taking over. You’ve just been unexpectedly offered a new position and it’s not clear if it’s going to take you where you want to go. You just learned that your teenager is cutting classes and they’ve been suspended.

It’s times like these that need you to be your smartest self and yet these are the very moments when a clear mind seems to be the last thing available to you. It would be great if there was a secret, a trick, or a lifehack that could get you through these experiences feeling like you were able to show up with your best, smartest, self.

Fortunately, there is, and it’s called meditation.

Get Smart

Being smart isn’t just something you’re born with or that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars at an ivy league college. In fact, the greatest kind of intelligence can’t be found in a conventional classroom. Not surprisingly, the best model for how to be smart is Nature.

It can be helpful to think of your mind like a tree. If the leaves and branches were diseased or unhealthy, you wouldn’t try painting nutrients or water on them to bring them back to health. On the contrary, you’d give your care and attention to the tree’s roots. In that way, it would become stronger overall, leading to greater health and vibrancy in all of its parts.

Happily, there’s an easy way to cultivate the roots of your brain, ease your mind, and soothe your spirit, all in one go. And, it might surprise you to know that you already have everything you need to do it. The first step is to take an honest look at what’s keeping you from acting as smart as you really are.

Things that keep you from being smart:

  • Not enough rejuvenating rest and sleep
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Constant external stimulation and stress
  • Being easily triggered by fear, real or imagined
  • Lack of positive social connections
  • Low self-worth

Show Me The Value

Getting clear on the great value of being smart is worth more than your own weight in gold. The good news is, the results of growing your smartness can be easily observed and measured. Because of this, you won’t have to wonder if it will pay off someday. It’s going to pay off right now.

Some of the most valuable benefits of being smart:

  1. Making accurate and swift assessments about situations and how to effectively respond
  2. Being better able to focus and pay attention resulting in greater productivity and satisfaction
  3. Avoiding distressing people and situations by having made more conscious and aware choices
  4. Achievement of your personal and career goals with less strain and stress
  5. Drawing upon your inner guidance successfully leading to greater trust in yourself
  6. Increased physical, mental, and emotional ease
  7. Willingness to learn from thought leaders and your own experiences to nourish your sense of who you are

Getting Smart With Meditation

At the core of who you are, there is a consciousness. You’ve felt it even if you didn’t realize it. It’s sometimes called ‘the observer’ and it’s the part of you that knows that you’re you. If you take a few quiet moments and think about who is listening to your thoughts as they flow through your mind, you’ve observed your ‘observer.’

Take a few more minutes of quietness and listen for the silence that’s waiting patiently at your core. It’s a little bit like an old-fashioned stone well sitting in the center of your consciousness. If you open your inner listening, even more, you can hear the complete stillness of the water within that well. That’s the beginning of meditation. And, just doing even that much is a powerful way to refresh and renew.

It Starts With A Seed

Remember, a tree doesn’t start out by being a trunk with jutting branches. It begins as a seed, deep in the ground where it’s quiet and just the right kind of dark. There are moisture and balanced warmth and coolness. So too, your meditation journey. If you’ve yet to find your meditation groove, begin tiny and snug like the seed. Start with something simple and real, like a 2 Minute Body Sense Meditation.

This type of guided meditation allows you to rely on the very tangible sensory experiences you have of your physical body. It follows a path and connects you to the micro-consciousness of every cell along the way. Allow yourself the space to rest in your inner soil, like the seed. Since they don’t rush to sprout, you won’t have to either. Give yourself these 2 minutes each morning, perhaps once more in the late afternoon, for at least 14 days and observe how your well-being changes.

About Zette

Zette Harbour is an iPEC certified life and leadership coach, and, an award-winning professional storyteller, who helps women shed what’s not working in order to unleash their full potential and take flight in all their brilliance and beauty.

To connect with Zette, book a complimentary Discovery Conversation today.

Listen to her free 2 Minute Body Sense Meditation as an excellent practice and support in accessing your intuition.

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