Simple Meditation for the Busy Leader

“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Simple Meditation for the Busy Leader

by Simon Tyler

Living in Coachland, as I do, meditation is a much talked about technique for relaxing the mind and accessing more of one’s hidden potential. For years, I resisted the concept of meditation as requiring incense, a cross legged posture and Tibetan bowls, to which I was skeptical and under-resourced.

What I have learnt though is the power of simply STOPPING for even the shortest period of time. Brain research suggests body time to be 1/16th the speed of mind time, so it is absolutely not surprising that we can get utterly entangled in multiple thinking, loosing focus and, often serious fatigue.

Simple meditation is just that. It doesn’t have to have all the associated articles, although they will of course enhance the experience. It is about stopping the conscious activity for as little as 2 minutes.

Here’s a way to introduce simple meditation into your schedule this week:

  • Breathe in and out naturally but slowly. Count up to 10 (sets of an inhale and an exhale), then count back down to 1.
  • Just concentrate on your breathing, nothing else, let the thoughts come and go (go back to counting the breathing).

That’s it!

The busier you are the more difficult this challenge will be, but the greater the impact you will experience.

To astound yourself with what this stopping process can cause, repeat at the same time each day for a week (get your mind and body used to the time and place).

Keep it simple,

PS – I now love incense, still can’t sit cross legged and haven’t bought Tibetan bowls yet.

Simon Tyler is one of the world’s leading business coaches. His work simplifies the lives of business leaders and owners. He is an incisive consultant, inspirational writer, provocative public speaker and master facilitator. To learn more about Simon, visit

Coaching Call To Action

Today, my morning pace was starting to get frenetic. So, I thought, what the heck, I’ll try Simon’s suggestion for two minutes. I caught myself before I set my timer and just closed my eyes and started breathing. It was a lovely gift to myself. Calming. I easily was able to pick up where I left off and with more energy. Will you try taking breathing breaks (simple meditation) this week? What difference does it make for you?