In 2005, David Lynch created the Quiet Time Program. Yep, that guy – the award-winning director, writer and producer of Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet. That’s the short list.
This guy is known for his frankly weird films. Now, he’s teaching kids about inner space. He pushes the limits. He has his own vision. He brings it to life.
Sound like anyone you know?
Kind of sums up the entrepreneur experience, right?
Quiet Time integrates the practice of meditation into schools. Two 15-minute periods of meditation each day.
The results have been astonishing. Increased learning, decreased stress and anxiety, much less conflict. More creativity, focus, and confidence.
Sound like something you might want for your business?
An amazing amount of research supports the value of creating space in your day.
Do you have scheduled time to just be in your business day?
It might be time to try it.
Not only does meditation have these benefits, but I know from my own experience and the experiences of my clients that there is even more to be gained.
We all have a deep inner wisdom. And most of us rarely take the time to access it. Our lives as we have structured them simply doesn’t allow for it.
Doing is highly valued. We are in a constant state of motion, and when we do stop, it’s often to do something mindless to ease the pressure of the day. We watch TV. We play video games. We troll social media and the internet.
Don’t get me wrong. I value action. It’s how your desired impact comes to life.
What we often don’t do is allow our wisdom to arise to inform that action.
So much of what I do in my work with clients is to help them clear what stands in the way of them accessing their own deep wisdom. That’s the only way you can be clear about what is right for you and your business. No one else can tell you that!
When you are clear, then your business is on solid ground. You’re in alignment with what is true for you. And the clients that resonate with your truth are drawn to you.
Creating space for that wisdom to arise is important. You can start by setting aside even 5 minutes a day.
There are many wonderful and deeply knowledgeable meditation teachers out there who can help you begin. Spend some time finding a practice that works for you.
In the meantime, you can begin simply. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed. Let the people who work with you know, ‘no interruptions’. Sit comfortably. Know that your thoughts are fleeting, and allow them to be so. It helps to focus in on something constant, like your breath.
It takes a little practice. You won’t be able to do even a full 5 minutes of just allowing thoughts to pass. You’ll get distracted.
Some days, whole chunks of my meditation time go by distracted by thoughts. The thing to remember is, you’re not going after perfection. You’re simply creating space.
Even 5 minutes with nothing you have to do is liberating.
You can use your increased capacity for mindfulness to be more mindful in your work. It helps you stay focused on your vision, and inspires you to be innovative.