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Many of you have taken notice over the years of my busy schedule. I’m happy to say that in recent months I’ve made a conscious effort to eliminate busy work and focus on the things that bring me joy. This year I want to practice meditation regularly.

I have studied and heard about all of the benefits of meditation and whenever I do it regularly, I feel amazing. I already practice mindfulness by living in the moment and expressing my gratitude for all of the good in my life, so I’m hopeful that adding a daily meditation to my ritual, will spark even more joy and better health.

I recently heard a discussion on the radio show ‘Quirks and Quarks,’ with Bob McDonald, where he interviewed Dr. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist based out of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School (cbc.ca/quirks/January 14, 2017). It was an interesting show and what I found most revealing were their findings on ‘professional meditators:’ Tibetan Buddhist Monks.

Dr. Davidson and Dr. Lazar claim that there appears to be very little difference when it comes to brain waves between the meditative state of the monks and their non-meditative state. Their meditative state has become more of a ‘trait’ rather than a transient state that occurs during meditative practice. I encourage you to listen to the recording of the show at cbc.ca/quirks.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist but I know many people who meditate regularly and they are incredibly relaxed, empathetic and full of gratitude and joy. While I cannot live like a monk, and devote hours a day to this practice, I hope that my daily practice will bring about lasting changes to my character for the better! I want to be more relaxed and worry free.

So to achieve this I am putting myself in the training seat!

When I train a new client, I tell them to devote a minimum of 30 minutes a day to exercise and to make it non-negotiable. The clients who do this have the most success, so it occurred to me that I need to do this with meditation and all of the other projects that are looming in my life. I need to nail down time to work on them and make it non-negotiable. The easiest part of the day to control is our waking up time, so I plan to rise 10 minutes earlier and start meditating before getting busy with other things. Eventually I will increase the time to 30 minutes.

I spent the last 18 months getting up early to write my blog so I’m now going to cut back on publishing each day and instead deliver two posts a week, on Monday and Wednesday. The rest of the time I will be putting toward the other 6 projects that I have on the go!

When people tell me that they cannot find time to make improvements in their lives I don’t believe them. We all waste far too much time sitting watching television or surfing the net. There is always 30 minutes to find, especially if you are motivated to make changes in your life.

What changes have you decided to make this year? Let’s keep each other motivated and keep those New Year’s Resolutions!

See you soon,

Beth