Many people drink coffee and drinks with caffeine because they believe it increases their productivity. It might for a short time, but these drinks have significant side effects. In this video, Emily Fletcher shares how meditation is the new caffeine.
Replacing The World’s Most Popular Drug
Caffeine is by far the world’s most popular drug.
Almost 90% of North Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis, whether in coffee, tea or soda form.
So what makes this psychoactive drug so wildly popular?
We’ve made caffeine a daily ritual in our lives because we know we need to be energized and productive, especially on days where we didn’t get enough rest or we have a long to-do list.
But even though caffeine is popular, most of us don’t know the specifics about how caffeine affects our body and brain. Caffeine has some amazing benefits — but what about its costs?
The truth about coffee and caffeine is that they’re not the best, most sustainable way for you to boost your productivity.
The Most Effective Way To Improve Your Productivity
In this Google Talk, the founder of Ziva Meditation, Emily Fletcher, explains why meditation is the greatest productivity tool.
How stress reduces your productivity
Many people have black-and-white thinking when it comes to stress. Some believe that all stress is bad in any degree, while others believe that constant stress is normal and might even be good for their productivity.
But the science shows us that the truth is more complicated than that.
As Emily says,
It’s not bad for your body to get stressed. It’s toxic for your body to stay stressed.
Stress is actually a physiological state. When we perceive a threat, a series of chemical reactions follow. Our focus would narrow so that we could more easily detect the threat. Our digestive system would shut down so that we would have more energy to run. And our blood would become more acidic so that we wouldn’t taste as good if we were bitten.
This is great — if we’re outrunning a tiger. It’s even great if, say, a heavy object falls on our child and we have to lift it up. In that case, stress can strengthen you. It can give you temporary “superhuman” abilities.
But if we continuously feel stress, that chemical process is toxic. It makes us more prone to illness, injury, and exhaustion.
The good news: one of the many benefits of meditation is how it de-excites the brain. In fact, meditation can actually produce 2-3x deeper rest than sleep. This process allows the brain to restore itself to its true potential.
Of course, meditation has other equally powerful benefits. Watch the video to hear Emily share:
- (2:29) — The scientific benefits and costs of caffeine on your body, brain, and functioning;
- (5:16) — Why meditation is the new caffeine, how it can be more effective than sleep and the two main types of meditation;
- (15:21) — Why stress isn’t always bad for your body but can become toxic;
- (26:35) — How to not let goals get in the way of your success and happiness;
- (39:23) — A simple guided demonstration of a meditation style designed to improve your productivity in the modern world.
Discover more about how you can replace coffee with meditation to be more efficient, energized, and creative in this full talk
Which type of meditation do you practice? What other restoration strategies do you use?
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