Why It Works
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
~Lao Tzu
Meditation is not about doing something, but rather it is about doing nothing. The life of today’s man or woman is so hectic and fast paced that there is no time when one does absolutely nothing at all. Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life.

When you meditate you cleanse and nourishes your body from within and it calms you whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.

Researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara had 48 undergraduate students take either a mindfulness class or a nutrition class. Classes met for 45 minutes four times per week for two weeks. They were taught by "professionals with extensive teaching experience in their respective fields." The mindfulness class "emphasized the physical posture and mental strategies of focused-attention meditation."

The students in both classes took the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations; the standardized tests considered for grad school application) before and after the two-weeks of class, as well as tests of memory and distractibility, where they counted their "task-unrelated thoughts" while doing things that required concentration.

Scores improved in the mindfulness-trained group, but not the nutrition-trained group. For one, their average GRE verbal score went from 460 to, two weeks later, 520. They also improved on tests of working memory and focus (had fewer task-unrelated thoughts).

**Study conducted by researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara**
I enjoy meditation, which I've been doing for over a decade -- probably to help relieve the stress I was going through when I was working at Oracle,
Benioff told the San Francisco Chronicle
in 2005.

- Marc Benioff
Chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com
I appreciate very much the opportunity to take the time to focus and meditate and it allows me to experience a state of deep rest and relaxation that can be game-changing; and sometimes a life saver in a crazy world," O'Brien said during a 2012 David Lynch Foundation forum. "It helps alleviate stress and pressure when you’re trying to balance life and being a mother.

- Soledad O'Brien
CNN anchor and Starfish Media CEO
The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship," the music producer, who says he has practiced meditation since he was very young, told Nowness.com. "The more you understand silence, that's where the balance comes from.

- Rick Rubin
American record producer
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now
know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will
be to know and understand.”
~Albert Einstein
Visualization helps you get more of what you want. It's simple; you get what you focus on (the law of attraction, as mentioned in the bestseller "The Secret" and may other resources). When you vividly imagine achieving your goals, you trigger a whole series of subconscious processes, which will help you to reach your goals faster.

Seeing is Believing: The Power of Visualization

Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all relevant to achieving your best life!

By "training your brain" to know what you want, you'll inevitably experience more "real world" success.

Dr Maxwell Maltz, in the classic book Psycho Cybernetics, noted:

"Your subconscious cannot tell the difference between a real memory, and a vividly imagined visualization"

As such, when you visualize you effectively "implanted” new memories into your self-image - meaning that your subconscious mind "thinks" you are already the success you dream of being. This frees up subconscious resources to help you reach your goals, and it also increases confidence, sometimes dramatically.

**Research Published on December 3, 2009 by AJ LeVan, MAPP in Flourish**
After beginning his swimming career as a tense and moody seven-year-old, Michael Phelps' coach taught him to imagine himself swimming a perfect race. Phelps saw himself make smooth strokes, touch the edges of the pool, and rip off his goggles at the finish to check his winning time. Phelps pictured all of this with his eyes closed. He calls it watching "his videotape."
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head”.

World ChampionGolfer,
Jack Nicklaus
Muhammad Ali used mental practices to enhance his performance in the ring such as: “affirmation; visualization; mental rehearsal and self-confirmation. “
Goal Setting
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
~C. S. Lewis
Goals lead to feelings of satisfaction. Studies have shown that people who set and reach goals perform at higher levels, are more satisfied with themselves, and achieve more. If you look at the goal setters you know and admire (friends, family members, teachers, business owners, athletes, celebrities), you’ll probably see people who are proud of their success and eager to keep aiming for more in life.

Why goal setting is good for you:
  • Goals help you be who you want to be. You can have all the dreams in the world, but if you don’t act on them, how will you get where you want to go?
  • Goals boost your confidence. When you set a goal and reach it, you prove to yourself and others that you’ve got what it takes to get things done.
  • Goals give your life purpose. Goals show you—and the world—what you value. They also give you a sense of direction.
  • Goals make you more self-reliant. You don’t have to let other people decide your life for you. You can take charge of your life by setting goals and making a plan to reach them.
  • Goals improve your outlook on life. They help you move forward—a positive direction to go. This momentum is a real energizer. You’ll feel more positive, guaranteed.

**Researched done by psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews**
“I always knew I’d be a millionaire by age thirty-two,” said Oprah Winfrey in 1987. This success has not come by chance. Oprah has made her fortune by setting clear and ambitious goals on both the professional and personal levels. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret,” she says. “Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
Mother Teresa had big dreams. She set out to change the world, one person at a time. Her work with the people she called “the poorest of the poor,” her advocacy for human rights and her tireless faith and gentle demeanor made her savior to thousands. But her grand goals were based on a simple commitment to give.
The story is told that one night in 1990 when Jim Carrey was a struggling young comic trying to make his way in Los Angeles, he drove his old beat-up Toyota to the top of a hill. While sitting there, broke, looking down over the city, and dreaming of his future, he wrote himself a check for $10 million, put in the notation line 'for acting services rendered,' and dated it for Thanksgiving 1995. He stuck that check in his wallet - and the rest, as they say, is history.
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