If there was something you could do every day to boost your focus and productivity, feel energized, reduce stress, sleep better, maintain a positive outlook, and support whole-body health, wouldn’t you do it?
It’s for all these reasons, and more, that I consider meditation a foundational pillar to good health. I used to think I didn’t have time for meditation but now I know I don’t have time NOT to do it—it’s become that integral in helping me manage all of my other many responsibilities and passions. Since starting, I’m happier than ever, have found the love of my life, and my business is rocking.
Today, on The Doctor’s Farmacy Podcast, I talk to my good friend and personal meditation teacher, Emily Fletcher, about meditation for the modern world. Emily is the founder of Ziva, the creator of The Ziva Technique, and regarded as a leading expert in meditation for high performers. Her debut book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, was just released.
As we dive into our talk, Emily shares the story of how she found meditation. Her high-demand job as a Broadway performer was resulting in non-stop stress and insomnia, along with accelerated signs of aging. A fellow performer shared her secret to staying calm and focused with Emily—meditation—and after just one practice Emily slept through the night for the first time in years. That was enough to turn her on to the power of meditation and eventually led Emily to spend three years in India studying it; she now shares that passion with others by teaching the Ziva method.
Throughout this episode, you’ll hear about so many of the amazing benefits of meditation, like providing the nervous system a rest five times deeper than sleep. It is possible to let go of the stress we’ve all accumulated throughout life; Emily explains how this works down to the cellular level. We know that stress makes us stupid, sick, and slow and it also leads to dementia, which is why a meditation practice is such an important part of self-care.
Emily also digs into mindfulness and manifestation, the two other arms of the Ziva technique and why including these with meditation helps us stay more present and move our lives in the direction of our dreams.
We talk about this and so much more on this week’s episode. I hope you’ll tune in!
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD