Highly successful people meditate

Best-Kept Secret of Highly-Successful People

Highly successful people meditate

“There is a rhythm to the universe. When we are able to get quiet, we experience how we are a part of that rhythm.” ~Deborah King

Nothing could be less “quiet” than a championship basketball game—the shrill noise, the pounding action, the pressure to win! It is the definition of energetic chaos.

Yet superstar player LeBron James sits silently on the sidelines with his eyes closed. What’s going on?

James is just one of a host of athletes, musicians, actors, business tycoons, and leaders in every field who turn to the power of quiet to survive and excel in all their endeavors.  These people at the top of their game have discovered a secret that helps them navigate the treacherous high-stakes world of stardom.

They’ve learned to activate the quiet realm within—they meditate.

From Oprah to Jennifer Aniston to Arianna Huffington, the list of celebrities who cite meditation as one of their secret superpowers is growing faster than a summer sunflower. 

People who are seeking to perform at their highest potential, and to keep loving the journey, look for best practices. In meditation, they find a technique for calming the mind, reducing stress and anxiety, gathering energy to overcome fatigue, and balancing mind, body, and spirit. 

While meditation is not a religion or a philosophy, it paves the way to inner peace and pays respect to the ultimate source of all human accomplishment.

Forward-looking companies that value human potential are bringing meditation into the workplace. Fortune 500 companies such as Google offer meditation and mindfulness classes for employees.

Who knows how many future superstars are waiting to discover their path and make their contribution. Meditation offers a self-development opportunity like no other. It’s a tried and true way of slowing down and developing awareness and self-knowledge. By training your attention inward, you can connect to that perfect rhythm of the universe whose power we all share.

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio discovered meditation while looking for a way to reduce stress. Finding meditation was life-changing for him, and he embarked on a campaign to bring the benefits of mindfulness to government and education. You may have seen a picture of him sitting on a yoga mat among meditating schoolchildren.

Scientific studies are revealing the power of meditation to improve memory and brain function, to aid concentration and focus, to boost creativity, to relieve pain and increase a sense of well-being.

Anyone can learn to meditate.

There are different meditation techniques; I recommend a mantra-based meditation that gives a head start in dealing with fast-paced mental activity. With a mantra, no need to banish thoughts; they just seem to float effortlessly by and out of sight.

Eastern religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism, have very strong connections to meditation because it is recognized as the best way to expand consciousness. However, you don’t need to be religious to use meditation techniques to empower yourself or to help you heal physically and emotionally. Thanks in part to celebrity role models, meditation has become mainstream, not limited to any religion, culture, location, or desired effect.

You may want to learn how to meditate in order to relax — but also to bring down your blood pressure, alleviate anxiety and stress, and enhance your immune functioning.

It’s not necessary to sit down to meditate with the goal of ultimate enlightenment. But if you are spiritually inclined, meditation will also open you up to a greater connection to Source, to clearer inner guidance, and a deep sense of peace. Along with developing a solid grounding in mindfulness, which is the ability to live in the here and now, with meditation you can learn to cultivate compassion — for yourself and others!

In meditation, you turn inward, not outside yourself. It is the clearest mirror for seeing yourself, and it provides the means for changing and healing anything that troubles you. A consistent practice of meditation can shift you away from blame and shame, and lead you in the direction of self-worth and self-development. It allows you to forgive yourself and others, and is a root practice for emotional healing.

The practice of inviting the quiet in meditation is not a turning away from life, but rather the highest form of engaging with it. You are clearing away distractions, learning to focus your energy, getting clearer on what you want from life, and creating a peaceful space that actually helps you be more efficient and effective.

Actor Hugh Jackman shared his thoughts with Oprah. “In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

Oprah herself is a poster child for the power to create an amazing life and realize your highest potential. Long an advocate of meditation, for herself and her employees, she cites the happiness and joy that meditation can provide. As she says, “Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is — still — the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.”

Super achievers as different as singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, comedian Russell Brand, film director and writer David Lynch, and media giant Rupert Murdoch all share a common dedication to the quiet within—the power of meditation.

After 40 years of meditation practice, David Lynch describes the benefits like this: “The things in life that used to almost kill you, stress you, depress you, make you sad, make you afraid — they have less and less power. …You’re starting to glow with this from within.” Who wouldn’t love to join him in that quiet zone?

If you’re interested in tapping to this secret to a more fulfilling life, or are already meditating and want to revitalize your practice, join Deborah for this free event:

Clear Energetic Chaos and Create a Better Base for a Meditative Practice

 

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How To Make The Most Of This Autumn Equinox

2020 Autumn Equinox

On overwhelm, with a few complications in your personal life, not to mention the impact of the nightly news? When life feels confusing, exhausting, even downright scary, you know you need to rebalance, that your wellbeing depends on it. Fortunately, a powerful occasion of celestial balance is coming your way; you will want to take advantage of it.

Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020 (9:31 a.m. EDT) the Autumn Equinox arrives, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

As a spiritual teacher, I’ve long been moved by this annual event, as it is a representation of the balance of the natural world and recognition of its link to the spiritual. Each year, between September 21st and 24th, the Sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves southward. It marks the end of summer, and the beginning of autumn.

In contrast, for the residents of the Southern Hemisphere, it is for them their Vernal Equinox, and time to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of Spring.

You can view this as not only a celestial event, but a spiritual one, because it signals transitions, and for this reason it is observed and universally embraced worldwide. Whatever and however the event may be observed, this is inarguably nature’s way of defining the seasons and is our way of staying in harmony with them.

It is a time of balance, with, for the briefest of moments, night and day of precise equal length, before introducing the shorter and cooler days that lay ahead. It is fitting that astrologers mark the Sun entering Libra, showcasing it rising and setting in balance. Perhaps you can mark the event by receiving (or giving) a little energy healing to bring you back into your best balance. If that’s not available, think of your favorite acupuncturist, as that’s another way to get rebalanced. And then there’s your meditation practice – that too inspires your best balance.

The Autumn Equinox is properly blind to cultural differences, and is viewed differently, and celebrated in unique ways around the globe.

In Asia, the Equinox has a special place in Iran, but also at the Great Pyramid of Egypt, in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

It is said that in the Pacific, the mysterious giant statues on Easter Island are aligned to recognize the equinox.

Among countless examples in Europe is the celebration of a harvest festival in the UK, while the French called the Autumn Equinox “New Year’s Day” on their calendar.

In the Americas, it has been marked by a wealth of rituals observed by indigenous peoples since ancient times: in America at Cahokia, and throughout Mexico at the El Castillo pyramid at Chechen Itza and the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, and the nine terraces of the Mayan underworld.

Nowhere, however, is its observance more profound and in many ways more dramatically fitting than in South America, at Machu Picchu in Peru. For those ancient peoples, the sky was their calendar. They built observatories, such as the Intihuatana high in the Andes, that provide an elevated and experiential viewing platform like no other on earth.

The observatory precisely indicates the four equinoxes and solstices, a timeless monument created to observe ancient rituals aligned to life’s highest and truest purpose. That site remains ever faithful to the principles along the path to spiritual enlightenment.

Most remarkable, however, is in its significance for us today: we are living in a time where too many have riveted their focus upon our differences, intent upon deepening what divides us, instead of bringing us together.

We know better, and we honor the truth of this annual Celestial event, that unites us worldwide. Bringing the people of the earth and different cultures together is no small and unimportant thing.

It is, miraculously, truly another cause for hope and celebration.

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The Secret of True Joy

True Joy Happiness

The secret of true joy is that it’s not actually tethered to outside circumstances. It has little to do with what’s going on around you. In fact, true joy is a well that you can fill with your internal perspective, thoughts, and attitude, and you can draw from that well to fill you up, especially in times like these.

Recently a student who heard I was working on a presentation on happiness shared the following with me. It’s from a post that’s been circulating around the internet for awhile.

Meet Mrs. Jones, who models the well of joy:

This 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home yesterday. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

“I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room…. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less, & enjoy every moment.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

I would add that when you find what you’re meant to be doing on this Earth, you’ll have no shortage of fulfillment, joy, peace, resiliency, love, and everything else your heart desires.

Remember that true happiness and abundance is what you feel in your soul, and what you create with your mind, your heart, and every molecule of your being.

If you want more happiness in your life, the answer is to identify your unique gifts (the things you’re good at that make you FEEL good), to stay connected to Source, and to focus on service. With this knowledge imprinted in your heart, there’s no limit to what the universe can provide for you and for all the things that matter.

If you’re attracted to this kind of insight, I hope you’ll join me right here for my talk this coming Sunday on How to Be Insanely Happy — and invite your family, friends, coworkers, and community to join you!

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It’s Possible to Be Insanely Happy (Even When Everything Sucks)

Does this idea blow your mind — that you can be insanely happy even when everything sucks?

I know it sounds crazy, especially in 2020. Can you really be happy when we’re facing COVID, social and political turmoil, not to mention any personal issues with work, finances, relationships?

There was a long period in my life when I was anything but happy. I would never have believed in such a lunatic idea as actually being happy despite what I was living through. At the time, I had serious issues with alcohol, drugs, extreme sports, and a little thing called cervical cancer.

But there is a key to happiness that wise cultures have all shared — from ancient India and Greece to the Mayans to the Nootka nation and many more. My father is the one who not only told me about this key, he modeled it for me.

Next week, I’ll be presenting on this key, AND I’ll be sharing five steps to happiness — happiness even in times of intense turbulence.

Free Online Event!
The Shift Summit & Music Festival
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September 18-21, 2020

I hope you’ll join me because throughout our lives in our modern culture, we’ve actually been living the very opposite of the key to happiness that I can’t wait to share with you. I believe the steps I’ll be laying out are absolutely essential to your forward progress in life. And they have ripple effects: everyone you come into contact with will feel the vibration you’ll be radiating.

Are you more than ready to uplift yourself and help bring happiness to others?
The whole summit I’m a part of is all about setting a course for a new world of happiness for every single one of us.

You can join me right here to experience my talk on How to Be Insanely Happy, and invite your family, friends, coworkers, and community to join you!

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Your New Self-Care Ally: The Healing Power of Your House Plants

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Now that many of us are looking at another season or two indoors…

We’re shifting our focus to our live/work/school/all-of-life space. If you’re like many of us, you’ve moved beyond fix-it projects from your wish list and are now engaged in radical “nesting.”
The newfound realizations of what we’re up against right now in the world, are also giving way to a need for radical self-care.

This means a new approach to your diet, sleep, meditation, and moving your body. Everything you do is part of a care plan that is intentional and designed to support you for the long haul. This is the new marathon.

And because of the pandemic, this also means your home is now a multi-use space — and it is as integral to your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health as any other aspect in your routine.

Your greatest ally in supporting you in your space is your houseplant. It sounds too simple to be true; however, plants help you in more ways than you can imagine… of course if you are already a plant parent, you know this.

The practice of using plants for healing purposes is as old as medicine itself. Ancient cultures respected nature’s capability to improve health and mood, and did not hesitate to use herbal remedies to heal sicknesses from headaches to heartache. Despite modern culture losing that day-to-day connection to the outdoors, western medicine continues to rely on centuries-old knowledge of natural cures and the healing power of plants. In fact, many of the medications currently prescribed were originally made from plants. You might pop an aspirin from a jar, but early incarnations of the pain reliever made from willow bark were used in ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures, by Lewis and Clark during their famed expedition, and by thousands of people in between.

Though you likely get medicine in pill form, you are probably still utilizing plants to help heal your aches and pains, and that is only the tip of the aloe leaf, so to speak. There are many ways plants can support you in feeling and working better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you incorporate plant therapies into your arsenal of natural remedies, you can access Mother Earth’s amazing and nearly limitless medicine cabinet and all its healing magic.

The quickest and easiest way to accelerate any type of healing is to get a houseplant. Or better yet, several houseplants. Taking care of a living thing boosts our sense of self-worth and increases contentment, and as you watch your foliage grow and blossom—quite literally if you buy a flowering plant—you develop a deeper connection to nature which begins to heal your mind, body, and spirit almost instantly. As an added bonus, plants’ rich colors and textures will beautify any room, especially if potted in a pretty container.

Houseplants can have tremendous effects on your productivity, concentration, and mood, too. Not only does looking at something beautiful make you happier, studies have shown that people with houseplants feel more relaxed and have lower stress levels. Nature’s calming effect helps increase concentration, and workers in office spaces that contain plants and flowers demonstrate more focus and creativity, superior accuracy, and higher quality output, and so can you!

Plants also clean pollutants from the air, acting as natural, noise-free air filters, neutralize harmful EMFs, and generate oxygen in the process. Since our breath is so important to our quality of life—when we breathe better, we feel better—reducing the toxins in your home, and especially where you sleep, is vital to your health. A plant in your bedroom will enhance your slumber, especially if it is sweet-smelling lavender, a scent that aids relaxation and promotes deeper sleep. Peace lilies, ivy, and spider plants have all been shown to be especially effective in filtering the air, but really, any greenery will improve your space and your health.

Many healing properties in plants are easy to ingest in herbal teas. Maybe you already drink chamomile tea before bed as a relaxing nightcap, but this herbal remedy also aids digestion. Chamomile is an antimicrobial agent, too, meaning it can help eliminate bacteria and infections, and it eases inflammation and loosens tense muscles. Talk about a powerful plant! Ginseng can raise energy levels, naturally and without the side effects of caffeine, and ginkgo has been shown to improve circulation and brain function, and may even assist in maintaining optimal mental health as you age.

In my healing courses and workshops I often get asked for cures to the common cold. Echinacea is a great herb to take during cold and flu season because it’s an immune booster. It won’t cure your cold, but it will strengthen your body’s defenses so it can better fight off the illness. Taking elderberry syrup as a tonic can help shorten the length of your cold, as can fresh lemon and orange juice, all of which taste delicious. Try one of my favorite plant-based therapies for colds or sinus congestion caused by allergies: put three or four drops of eucalyptus oil in hot water and inhale until your nasal passages start to clear.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you might want to check out St. John’s Wort. It is a commonly used herbal alternative to prescription antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Many people have found it quite effective in lifting their mood naturally. Of course, as a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I also highly recommend meditation and journaling to deal with feelings of sadness or fear. Daily meditation brings calm and peace to the mind and body, reduces stress, and helps you access Source, and journaling allows your truth to flow freely onto the page, getting it out of your body and mind, and releasing any pent-up negative energy in your personal energy field.

Plants do so much more than I can cover here, but the most overlooked healing plants are those you eat! Don’t forget that what you consume contributes to your well-being. Be sure to eat lots of dark leafy greens and a variety of fruits and veggies to keep your body in good shape so you can heal yourself from the inside out.

Whether you get a decorative houseplant or start drinking herbal tea, once you experience the potent healing energy of plants, you’ll be rummaging through Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet for your next cure.