The number one thing people can do on a regular basis to switch off the mind is to learn to just be. To give ourselves the opportunity to just “be” on a regular basis and as human beings connect with our true nature, supports us in coming back into balance and performing to our best. It is in our nature to excel, to strive, and to perform.

The human being is, in fact, designed to do so. The problem is human beings have become human doings and lost touch with their true nature and all the benefits that come with it. Joy, fulfilment, a meaningful existence, peak performance, and optimum health are all our birthrights, to name just a few. So how do we just “be,” and what does that entail?

“The number one thing people can do on a regular basis to switch off the mind is to learn to just be.”

Most commonly described as meditation, taking the time to “be” has been recognized by the scientific community and more recently the business community as being one of the most important methodologies, if not the most important methodology, to increase performance.

Following are a few benefits that come from taking the time to just “be” on a daily basis that I learned from Dr. Deepak Chopra when I did his Primordial Sound Meditation course in 1996.

Scientific studies done on meditation over two decades have proven that:

  1. Meditation directly releases stress.
  2. Long-term meditators are much more able to cope with stress.
  3. People who meditate can go into a relaxing state, twice as deep as deep sleep. This can happen in ten minutes, compared to four to six hours when we are sleeping.
  4. Biological age is reversed through meditation. Robert Wallace at UCLA, California, found that people who have meditated for five years or more have a biological age on average 12 years younger than their actual age.
  5. Our health improves. A health study done on a group of 2,000 people who meditate showed that they were hospitalized for heart disease 87% less often than non-meditators, and were hospitalized 50% less often for cancer. The people were also much healthier than the average population in 17 major areas of serious disease, both mental and physical.
  6. Meditation improves our ability to focus, our creativity, learning ability, and memory.
  7. Meditation creates more harmony and gives us more energy and a deep sense of fulfilment in our lives.
  8. Meditation supports us in coming into the “now” and staying present in the midst of dynamic activity, where peak performance comes from.


An excerpt from The Evolutionary Leader – 5 steps to dramatically develop people and performance by Timothy J. Carroll.