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How Meditating Can Help Increase Your Salary

Today's workplace is ever unpredictable, which is why we should turn to the ancient practice of meditation to help us supercharge our career prospects.

By Joe McAvoyPublished 2 years ago 6 min read
Top Story - January 2022
How Meditating Can Help Increase Your Salary
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There are many proven benefits in the regular and consistent practice of meditation. From increased focus to improved health to better relationships and even more rewarding jobs, the benefits of meditation are endless if you do it right.

One of the biggest benefits of all may is perhaps the one that we might least associate with this ancient tradition - and that is that meditation can make you a better, more successful professional. In this article, we’re going to explore how meditation can help you be more productive, how meditation can help you be more successful professionally, and how meditation can help increase your salary. We’ll look at some research on the benefits of meditation on career success. But before we get started on that let's look at the history of mediation.

What is meditation and how did it become popular?

The history of meditation is interesting as it generally associated with Buddhism, which was one of the first religions to incorporate meditation into its practices and teachings. The word “buddha” comes from the Sanskrit and it means “awakened one”. The practice of meditation in Buddhism, also known as vipassana, was founded by the Buddha himself. He was a spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism and his teachings were not only for the religious but were meant to be used for everyday life. The practice of meditation in Buddhism involves a systematic series of steps that you go through to achieve a state of calm and clarity. This calm and clarity allows you to achieve a state of Zen consciousness in which the mind is more productive. This is why meditation is often referred to as the practice of "becoming more." In other words, it’s about improving yourself and being more of who you want to be. In this way, meditation can be compared to today's trend of exercise.

Meditation: Bench-pressing for the mind

Exercise is one of the things that can improve your life in so many ways but it’s also something that we often associate with people who are trying to be more muscular or more fit. But we can draw parallels and say that meditating is like gym for the mind. It builds the muscles of concentration and mindfulness so that you can be more present, more focused, and more productive. It’s a self-care practice. Meditation isn’t for the lazy. It’s not just about sitting in silence and doing nothing. It’s about training your mind to focus and achieve a state of calm and clarity. But unlike the physical exercise of working out, you don’t improve by exercising more. You improve by working out smarter. You improve by learning new techniques, you improve by trying new methods, and you improve by having the discipline to stick with something.

A Bit of Monk Business

The first recorded use of the word “meditation” in English was in the year 1598, when it was used to describe the practice of the Christian monks in a monastery on Mounthelion. Monks used meditation to quiet the mind and to focus their thoughts and efforts on a single task. The word “meditation” was derived from the Latin word “meditatio” which means “to think about”. In time, meditation became a popular practice for monks and was adopted by other religions, including Christianity and Islam. Over time, the practice of meditation was adapted to be used by people of all faiths and backgrounds and even people with none at all. For example, many religious rituals revolve around the act of prayer and meditation.One of the most celebrated examples of this is the Jewish prayer, the Shema, which translates to “listen.”

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5 ways meditation can boost your career and help you be successful

1. Reduce stress

Stress can negatively impact your career and studies have found out that when people are stressed, they make more mistakes and their performance is worse.

In today's working environment, as we adapt to the new norm of coronavirus, it’s important to reduce your level of stress and one of the most efective ways to do this is by practicing meditation. Meditation has been shown to improve psychological health such as stress and anxiety by reducing stress hormones in the body. It can also improve your mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and boosting your mood. This ultimately can help you build resilience to stress, which is important because research has shown that frequent exposure to stress can lead to long-term changes in the structure of the brain, which can have negative impacts on your career.

2. Mental clarity

Mediation does wonders to help you achieve mental clarity and focus the under pressure we see in the workplace. Mental clarity and focus are two of the most important skills for anyone pursuing a high-pressure career. In business and entrepreneurship, you need to be able to focus and be able to think clearly under pressure to make quick decisions and to prioritize your tasks effectively. This doesn’t just mean that you’re able to make good decisions. It also means that you can be an effective leader and manager when you’re facing challenging situations. Meditation not only improves your mental clarity and focus, it can also help you cope with stressful situations better. Meditation can help you develop the ability to stay calm and composed when you’re facing a difficult challenge or when you’re being pressured to make a decision.

3. Improved learning

Business is a high-paced and dog-eat-dog environment where you have to learn and adapt quickly to new situation or you will fail. Meditation can greatly help improve your memory and learning ability. Meditation can increase your ability to learn and retain information. This is mainly because meditation trains your brain to be more efficient at storing and retrieving information. This can help you retain important information and develop a better understanding of complex ideas, which is important in your career. Many studies have shown that learning is significantly enhanced by meditation. It increases your ability to learn and process information. It also helps you retain more information. This is great news for anyone who wants to improve their job performance. This is especially true of a career that requires you to be on the go, such as a career in business or entrepreneurship.

4. Happy thoughts

A happy member of staff is a prodcutive one, as the old adage says. Meditation reduces your stress levels, making you happier and more fulfilled, which in turn makes you a more effective and productive employee. It has been proven that being happy helps you make better business decisions. So, if you’re feeling down because of a difficult situation or decision that you have to make, try taking a few minutes out to meditate and try to redirect your focus to something positive.

5. Positive mindset

Meditation helps you develop a clear and positive mental attitude, which includes being optimistic and believing in yourself. It helps you be more positive, productive and efficient in your daily activities, which will help you to be a more successful and productive employee or leader. This will help you build your resilience and keep you motivated when things get tough. This will help you build your resilience to stress and keep you motivated when things get tough. And it will get tougher - a recent article in the Harvard Business Review predicts many challenges for business this year and in the future thanks to uncertainty around coronavirus and a general economic slowdown.

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So, if you want to build a career for yourself as a business owner or entrepreneur, or if you just want to do better in your job, developing a positive mental attitude is an important factor. Meditation is one of the best ways of creating, maintaining and strengthening your positive mental attitude. It will help you develop the ability to stay motivated and resolute.

The benefits of mediation on your personal and professional life are pretty awesome if practiced consistently and with a natural inclination to improve your mental state. If you’re interested in trying meditation but don’t know where to start, I recommend The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt or anything by the Dalai Lama as a great place to begin. It’s a gentle introduction to the basics of meditation, and it’s free to read online. The book explains what meditation is, the problems it can solve and how it can help your life be better. I hope you enjoy my example and find it helpful. I know that I have and I’ll be meditating on it for a long time to come. Peace and love.

The Dalai Lama in discussion... inspirational!


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  • Justine Crowley7 months ago

    I love meditation, and agree with all of the benefits listed. It has also boosted my immune system. It aids relaxation, and when you are relaxed, more abundance flows. Thanks for the article.

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