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Regardless of what property investment avenue you wish to venture into, information and strategy is only 50% of the puzzle. There are more crucial factors that play a role in determining your financial success like mental attitude, emotional fitness, health and energy levels, etc. This can be described as your ‘Wealth Psychology’ or ‘Mindset.' With over 20+ years in business plus countless hours and dollars spent on personal education, Stuart Zadel offers some of the most effective Wealth Education in Australia.
Hi, this is Stuart Zadel and welcome. Today we’re going to wade into the deep waters of what many people believe to be the ultimate success technique – that is, the art and science of meditation. Now I’m going to attempt in 7 minutes or less to give you a great overview and insight into this deep, powerful, and ancient technique.
Now in life and investing, sometimes we need to slow down to speed up. Just like in the Australian game of rugby league, you have to go backwards with the ball in order to move forwards. In life and investing, you don’t need to slow down, what you may need to do is calm down. By far, by numbers and by time and duration the most preferred method by the world’s highest achievers to achieve this has been the practice of meditation. So with that, I’m also going to mention a word here – classical meditation. Because according to one of my great meditation teachers, Michael Rowland, Michael says that meditation has been misunderstood, hijacked, mislabeled and misappropriated over the centuries by various individuals and groups to the point of confusion where most people don’t really know what meditation is.
I thought we’d start there right now with what meditation is not. Whack it up here on the board and I’ll tell you what meditation is not. It is not affirmations. It is not visualisations. It’s not anything to do with music. It’s not anything to do with breathing. It’s not about stopping the mind, which many people believe it to be or a whole host and raft of other things that people believe meditation to be. This is a big “what it’s not”. That’s not to say that these aren’t beneficial in their own right and maybe a benefit to different people for different things, but they’re not classical meditation.
What exactly is meditation? Meditation is nothing but essentially one word and that is extended concentration. If you’re going to look at this word carefully, concentration is made up of two words. First word con, as in consciousness or to become aware, and the other word centra or centre. You put those two together and concentration is to become conscious of your centre.
Do you know, most people don’t even know who or what they really are. I’m reminded of the great animated film The Lion King. If you’ve seen that film, there’s a scene where that monkey has gone in search of Simba, the now adolescent lion that ran away and the lion is talking to the monkey and Simba says, “What do you know?” The monkey says something along these lines, “I know more than you think.” He said, “I know who you are.” He leans forward and he goes, “You’re Mufasa’s boy.” That was the lion king’s father. Now, just as in that, most people don’t know who or what they are. They actually misidentify themselves as their personality and nothing can actually be further from the actual truth. This is why meditation is such a fantastic, exciting, and actually never ending pursuit and journey into the self. But we only have 7 minutes so we’ll save that one and the rest of that for another time.
Let’s talk about meditation – who can do it? Well, the truth is – who can do it? The answer is anyone. I know that’s hard to see. Anyone of sound mind can do this. You don’t need to have fantastic intelligence. You don’t need to have a great income. You don’t need to have great confidence. Your color, creed, religion, is absolutely irrelevant. All that’s required is a basic understanding of the principles, a willingness to do it, and I guess ultimately an open mind, so anyone can practice the art of meditation.
Now I’d suggest when you get started, 5 to 7 minutes is a great place to start. Many people don’t stop thinking, they’re going to do hours and there’s all these people sitting in monasteries and stuff doing it for years of their lives. That’s the other great thing about meditation; you don’t need to go anywhere. You don’t even need to leave the house. It can be done in the privacy of your own home. You don’t need to go to a monastery, or a mountain, or an ocean, or anything like that. It doesn’t cost anything. There’s no special equipment you need. Now of course you need the right knowledge but other than that you don’t need any special equipment to get it done. It can be done anytime at your own convenience. What you do need to do is have the enthusiasm for it, to get started, and to do it on a regular basis. 5 to 7 minutes a day to start, I’m sure you could do that and I’m sure you’ll see results from as little as that but we’ll cover that more in a moment.
Why should I do it? What are the benefits? Well by far the biggest benefit and the reason that meditation has been brought out of the mysticism of the east into mainstream in the Western society has been for the release and reduction of stress. Doctors maintain that about 70% of the population suffers from a stress-related condition. There’s no doubt stress is very harmful to the physical body and the mind as well.
The first and major benefit here is that of stress reduction – would be the main reason most people do it. I’m going to give you a whole host of other reasons. I’m even going to write them down so that we can be aware of what those things are. With regular practice you’re going to increase or have, I believe, better sleep. You want more sleep, don’t you? We don’t get enough rest as it is, so certainly better sleep is one of them. You’re going to have more energy. You’re going to have more healing. It’s actually a force in life, a healing force. Many say the goal of meditation is to activate this healing force or what some may call shakti in India or Greece. Some may even refer to this healing force as your kundalini energy. Again we can go in that more in another time but certainly increased healing is that.
Now there’s some other stuff that people don’t take into account. Productivity can go up massively. Creativity can go up massively. Most are going to suggest things like intuition, awareness, communication. There’s also the higher states of mind, things like: joy, bliss and ecstasy, which are some things that people are searching for but often fulfill them in other ways that don’t sustain them. There’s a whole raft of benefits there why people would want to do meditation.
Now there’s only two more things that I want to share with you really is it’s how to get started. A couple of things, well I’m going to give you a little technique before we finish here that you can try out for yourself. First thing, meditation – it’s always done seated, with a straight back, that can be on the floor either wedged with a towel folded up or a straight back chair would be fine. We never do it lying down. Have a guess. Why don’t we do it lying down? Exactly, you’ll fall asleep in no time at all. It’s always done with the eyes closed. There are techniques to start with your eyes open or with your eyes half closed but true meditation is done with the eyes closed. Why is that? Well a lot of the body’s energy system energy is lost or produced, output, through the eyes. We’re attempting to take all of the body’s energy available systems and turn them internal to examine, dive deeply down into the contents of your mind. Straight back, eyes closed, and just breathing normally. You don’t need to do anything special with your breathing whatsoever. With that, I’m going to give you a technique then I’m going to tell you what to expect and we’ll recap, and you guys can take this away and see how you go. There’s a general basic technique. There’s about 4 or 5 techniques to get started. Everything else are a manifestation of these four techniques in classical yoga.
The technique I want to describe quickly for you is called “piercing the veil”. Piercing the veil is done seated with the eyes closed and what you do is you concentrate on what is called the mind space. The mind space is the point, if you were to touch between your eyebrows and this space when you close your eyes out into the distance. There’s a black space we call it the mind space. Gently close the eyes, breathe normal and concentrate on that space. What you’re not trying to do is go cross-eyed. You’re not trying to make the eyes look at this point. It’s just gently in front of you with the eyes relaxed. What’s going to happen is the mind is going to want to wander. You’re going to concentrate on this mind space and all things will come up to distract you. You just let them pass and come back to the mind space, just staring into that black mind space ahead. Just a side point here, we’re not trying to stop the mind, as I said here what meditation is not. It’s not achievable to do. It’s a biological thing. If you were to succeed in stopping the mind, you would be dead. Probably not a very effective success strategy moving forward for you.
Don’t worry about that. We actually aim to transcend the mind. This comes with practice and later techniques. You’re going to sit comfortably with your back straight, breathe normal, eyes closed, 5 to 7 minutes to start just looking into that mind space.
Now I’m going to tell you what to expect. Well it’s great to go into meditation with no expectation. It is a completely personal thing and everyone gets something different and experiences something different. There are some commonalities and I’ll share them with you now. By far one of the most common things to happen is people get tired. They start to yawn. They feel lethargy. As the body starts to free up its stress and energy systems, lethargy is one of the first things thrown off. Do not be surprised if you get very tired initially. Down the track, roaring energy will come back from this technique but just in the start.
People see colors. People see shapes. More often than not, your body will start to twitch. You’ll have an urge to scratch something, do something. If you do, just scratch it, just do it and just go back to that mind space with this technique.
There’s a whole host of other things, again don’t be too attached to any of it. Your job is to just go back to that mind space. The great thing to do is to have a stopwatch or a mobile phone on a countdown timer for the time you want to do it for and obviously the alarm will go off when you’re finished and you just get on with your day. I highly recommend doing it either early in the morning after rising, or later in the evening just before bed. It seems to have greater effects there for me and many, many people.
Let’s just summarise what we’ve done here. We’ve done what it’s not. It’s not any of these things although they’re valuable in themselves. Anyone can do it. Essentially, what is it? Its concentrations. It’s extended periods of concentration that is becoming conscious of your centre. The energy that powers your body and ultimately your life and the benefits are fairly plain there for all to see. All that’s left to do now is for you to practice.
I hope you enjoyed this. If you want to learn any more about it, of course you can go to our website Stuartzadel.com and under “Products”, we always have available the latest products or tools available to further your life and investment journey. Hope you’ve enjoyed this. Try it out. This is Stuart. To your success!