Does meditation improve earning capacity?

water 8How does meditation affect our creativity, work and earning capacities?

-Meditation helps us to make choices based on action vs. activity… activity comes from the mind running rampant… action is aligned with vision and purpose.

-Meditation gives us insight, illumination and aha! moments of never before thought of solutions and action.

-Meditation ultimately makes us much more productive, thus improving our earning capacity!

Meditation can go a long way toward making us the people we wish to be; enabling us to “pause” and connect with our deeper, intuitive selves as we make a multitude of decisions throughout the day.

Often, we don’t adequately think an issue through; we may let fear rule a decison, digging ourselves an even deeper hole than the one we’re already in; we fail to connect deeply with people and situations around us, leading to all manner of negative results.

Between the twenty-four-hour blitz of often depressing world news and large issues rampant everywhere, many people feel like they’re barely holding on. Dysfunctional responses such as overeating, drinking and drugging to excess, and self-medicating through recreational or pharmaceutical drug use have become common responses to stress.

For millions of years our ancestors toiled with their bodies, worked the earth, and sat around campfires in the evening telling stories. Our challenge is to compensate for the wear and tear of moderninty’s assault on our nervous systems.

The benefits of meditation go beyond destressing the mind; meditation actually expands the mind and rebuilds our nervous system.

Making us strong and productive in fulfilling ways.

ReferenceThe Law of Divine Compensation – On work, money, and miracles ~ by Marianne Williamson

Strategy Stream frequently works in conjunction with Pause-Power, LLC to integrate intentional movement and meditation into the delivery of services.

Business is not a dirty word

Many of us are familiar with (and occasionally use without really thinking about it) sayingsSurprised Caucasian woman covering mouth that marry the word business with negative connotations. Check out the following from dictionary.com:

Give Someone the Business to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly, to scold severely;
give a tongue-lashing to

Have No Business to have no right

Mind One’s Own Business to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others

Do Your Business to defecate or urinate

Business is Business profit has precedence over personal considerations

These idioms surround us and are part of the cultural consciousness we operate in – yikes!

If we take on aspects of a negative consciousness regarding business, it may be difficult to accept true power and prosperity from what we are building.

It is a business owner’s responsibility to recreate if necessary the business consciousness they wish to operate in themselves, as well as the consciousness they would like to envelope employees and customers with. It is a powerful thing to knowingly operate within existing consciousness while simultaneously impacting and awakening it.

Business is a vehicle that when driven properly can positively impact our immediate communities and beyond. The truth is that for each shocking-bad-business-story there are 1000 positive ones……the truth is that business is absolutely not a dirty word and there is power in cleaning up any dirt we may have on ourselves about it.

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It can be a simple exercise to uncover your negative beliefs about business, including those we hold that are not really our own. If you are interested in a session to explore and access your personal business consciousness, please let me know : ruby@strategystream.com 

All of Strategy Stream programs integrate conscious exploration into your personal alignment with all of the factors of a successful business : Strategy Stream Services

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Incorporating a meditation into your business strategy enables you to freely turn your conscious focus inward, stop the reactive, egoic-mind from running the show, and tap into resources that help you feel present and connected to your higher vision.

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By improving your inner landscape, meditation helps you to respond to external events with more awareness and clarity, and hence, change the business results that you deliver over time.

Recently, I asked a successful finance director, who has been incorporating meditation into his business life for several years now, his own experience of the benefits of committing to a meditative practice.

Along with some expected benefits:

-Being un-rattled by issues arising when things seem to be going wrong.

-Ability to be present, to observe, not to engage in negative emotion, not because I am suppressing it – but genuinely because I do not need to go there anymore.

He also offered up the most yummy, juicy benefit:

I am happier! … AND what is a surprise – now becoming wealthier! …. Meditation energy is the type of energy that lets the stuff you no longer want go and allows in the new good stuff ….

I had to drop my old ways of doing business which worked financially, but were not based around happiness. So I had to drop some old ways of thinking – including with it ways that made money – without knowing how I was going to make a new way work financially. When you realize you want to do that, that’s a ‘Gulp’ moment! 

But when you have your own heart on your side, well that’s alignment, and things you cannot foretell start to engage, to happen and you get there.

How perfect is that –well said Richard!

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Floating, Flooding, Ever-Budding

Once you start the force of planning or implement a phase of an existing plan, fresh forces will come into play to which adjustment has to be made. Whether business starts pouring in, your staff or life partner starts to sabotage, or the economy busts –fresh forces there will be.

The good news is that this is natural. Einstein stated that force never moves in a straight line, but in a curve that eventually returns from where it came and in a higher arc, because the universe has progressed since it started.

You can count on the curve of the force returning –the key to success is counting on the new factors that occur at the higher arc level. Plan on stabilizing and harnessing these factors.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads to fortune.” ~Shakespeare

There is a stage of business informally known as flood –this is when everything starts to work and comes together –the arc of your planning returns. It can seem overwhelming because with the flood comes debris –the new factors.

You can float when you routinely plan to revisit your key business success factors and proactively stabilize them. Incorporating a holistic system of measurement and communication will help to navigate the flood and turn debris into assets.

Keep forcefully planning!

Every phase of evolution commences by being in a state of unstable force and proceeds through organization to equilibrium. Equilibrium having been achieved, no further development is possible without once more oversetting the stability and passing though a phase of contending forces. As a friend of mine once said, it is about “floating, flooding, and ever-budding”.  Originally posted Love-is-the-Bottom-Line

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Top 10 reasons to embark on a planning journey

You can’t discover new oceans unless you have the courage to leave the shore ~ Anonymous

It used to be that business planning fundamentally was about designing linear steps between a a current situation and a chosen future.

There are as many reasons why this idea seems ridiculous in today’s evolving world as there are numerous non-linear way’s to live into a chosen future.

Planning today has very little to do with a chosen destination – planning is an exciting, powerful journey in and of itself – a journey of BEING.

Evolving business planning concepts teach us to proactively interweave action and deep attention throughout our entire lives.

 

Ironically, planning today is ultimately about understanding we don’t need a plan after all.

Top 10 reasons to embark on a planning journey:

1. To allow you to access how powerful you are and to get to your true “highest-self” desires.

2. To communicate to others who may want to participate with you (as investors, lenders, partners, etc.) what your business is about and where it is going.

3. To create a structure that holds the flow of prosperity and leverages flood.

4. To design a tangible framework in which you invite spirit to co-create with you.

5. To encourage you to ask yourself and others the right questions –right questions include hard questions.

6. To get you to a place where, as much as possible, you are operating from love and projecting out the expansion of love.

7. To give you the “now” of the day-to-day tending of the business of your business, by getting ideas out of your head, “onto paper” and ultimately into a higher stream of consciousness.

8. To have you participate in a consciousness re-creation of how business is done.

9. To serve as a guide for the lifetime of your business by providing guideposts and tools to analyze growth, as well as exit points.

10. To learn how to powerfully negotiate the integrated space between the tangible, material world and the intangible, invisible world.

Whether your planning journey gives you  a formalized business plan for financing or 5-sheets of handwritten notes, embarking on the journey of attention-action planning is a conscious choice to step into the reality of the vast unknown.

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Shift your Perspective

What if your business could create happiness, love, and purpose with the same agility and certainty that it creates expanding profits, new customers, and new innovations?

It’s a question that isn’t often asked in business, because intangible qualities like love aren’t easily measurable (and measures are the language of business). Most people don’t believe the tangible, everyday needs of business coexist with the intangible.

Oh, but they do.

The truth is just because the current language of business does not acknowledge intangibles, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Your business is an embodiment of who you are and what you believe – every time you expand your business, you also expand the knowledge and empowerment of yourself. When you are fundamentally coming from a place of love and purpose, you automatically are shifting your perspective of business.

When your business blends with your own personal philosophy, decisions become easier. You are able to access support not typically considered in traditional business models. Goals are set and achieved without struggle. Your strategies are driven not just by necessity but by passion. Your focus never wanders. You walk forward with absolute certainty that you are supporting the highest good.

Not only does your business become a channel for success – it becomes a channel for your expanded inner self and an expanded model of what it means to be doing business in today’s world.

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Plan & Let Go

Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current situation and a chosen future.  To paraphrase Julia Cameron, who so brilliantly addresses our creative urge in The Artist’s Way we are compelled because we are ourselves creations; infused with an indwelling creative force. Creative energy is a gift – we are meant to design new creations as a gift back. Refusal to do so is counter to our true nature.

We intuitively know how to form creative energy into a structure that has the potential to attract what we need and desire. Steps are taken; energy turns into form i.e. a spider spins a web, an entrepreneur writes a business plan.  Often, frustration occurs when as soon as the structure is designed, we continue to expect specific linear results (hello ego!) and become lost and identified with goals and the structure itself. How can we relax when our structure demands that there are customers to capture, products to be sold, and bills to be paid?

One option is to go after our targets no matter what – stomping over competitors and employees, short-changing or deceiving customers, destroying the planet and ignoring our values.  Another option is to recognize and get over the fact that after we plan what we want, the specific linear results from specific actions phase is over.

Evolving business concepts proactively interweave attention and action.  When we design frameworks, it is natural that not only will some success show up, but external resistance and internal doubt will also arise.   Once the structure is intact, it is imperative to to be attentive, enthralled, fascinated, and non-judgmental about EVERYTHING that shows up in our web.  We must then be willing to intervene if necessary, let go and modify external actions with the feedback we have received from the universe / environment.  We also must be willing to acknowledge and clean-up, to the best of our ability, fear and doubt that may arise within ourselves and our team.

Planning and letting go is the equivalent of ego and sacred attention working together- ensuring honorable, joyful, and sustainable bottom-lines.

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Shiny & New

Many years ago, when I ran a tax and bookkeeping service, this time of year brought budgets, ledger reviews, and reconciliations. I worked with many small business owners helping them to organize, categorize, and refresh. There is a beauty in this process that starts the tangible completion of the year and a natural fresh-start.

Take a minute and list the top 5 things that come to mind in terms of what it would take to polish your business finances. Think of the finance aspect of your business as a snow globe and polish it up….give it some attention….make it shiny….so that the vision you have for 2012 can be clearly viewed.

Here’s mine:

1. Enter all accumulated receipts into check register and update budget
2. Make sure transfer deposit gets made
3. Burn a 7-day candle to release ANY and ALL past mistakes regarding money
4. Block time on 2012 calendar to complete 2011 books and taxes
5. Take a walk and focus on gratitude for all my needs being met PLUS in 2011

Be spontaneous when you create your list AND also be spontaneous in what shows up for you these next few weeks regarding completing and polishing your finances…..play, have fun, and sit-down-and-do-whatever-you-need-to-do.

Allow and prepare to receive your expectations and beyond.

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Infatuate your customers

Everyone has had some experience of infatuation and the changes it brings. It can take you beyond the mundane, rising you above ordinary concern –making everything appear bright and new.

Infatuation is a gateway to expanded awareness.

I remember when my father began dating again after a painful divorce from my mother.  I knew he was falling in love, with the woman who would become my stepmother, when he commented on how pretty my earrings were one day at lunch — seriously, this was over 10 years ago and I still remember the moment because it was so out-of-the-ordinary for him to make a comment #1 about what I looked like and #2 about something so minuscule as earrings!

The deep quality of awareness accessible thru infatuation allows you to view from the heart and unconditionally share yourself with those around you.

Are you infatuated with your clients and vice-versa? When the quality of infatuation is present, it allows YOU to access your own extraordinariness, deliver profoundly, and fulfill deeply –thus ensuring continuous, profound relationships with your customers.

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