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In this podcast Dr. Pedram Shojai speaks with Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation. They discuss how in today’s age, most of us are constantly in the pursuit of the next best thing and how meditation can help us cope with anxiety and other stressors of life.
As a Broadway gal, Emily Fletcher thrived and felt the most alive on stage, in pursuing the goal. Being on Broadway is what she wanted to do since she was a toddler. It was the pursuit of being on Broadway that really thrilled her. But three weeks after her début, Emily soon found herself feeling the saddest she had ever felt. This is when she realized she was more interested in the happiness of the pursuit not necessarily the pursuit of happiness. Being a high achiever, Emily genuinely believed being on Broadway was going to make her happy, but it didn’t. There was something to the chase that was so exhilarating, whether it was the pursuit of being on Broadway or in the pursuit of the next best thing.
Emily started having insomnia, experiencing stress, anxiety, getting sick and injured. One day she was talking with an actress who looked like she had it all together and asked her what she did to keep it all together. The actress simply said she meditated.
Initially Emily didn’t consider it be profound advice. But when she did start meditating, to her surprise, she was finally able to have a full night’s sleep. Meditation helped her anxiety, stopped going grey and was even able to start her job again. After the success of controlling her anxiety, Emily went to India to learn to teach it. She has found that meditation provides the ability to access that internal peace no matter what the circumstance are. Emily asked, “If I can’t enjoy myself along the away then what is the point?” So she designed a meditation technique that encourages people to “take their lens out and play the long game.”
Emily believes most people don’t like to look inward because they’re scared of two things.
- They don’t want to face those parts that are deemed as ugly or negative. And industries know this, they provide fast solutions to numb the pain and dampen the symptom through outside vehicles like sugar, pills, and alcohol. Emily states that 44% of women are on antidepressants. And if you really look at that statistic, the pill is really not addressing the root problem. As a meditator Emily provides a safe space for people to look inward and address the root problem.
- People are afraid of their own potential and success. People learn to identify with their anxiety to the point they are terrified of who they will be without it. It is a fear of stepping into the unknown and not knowing what to do about it. Emily tells how most people are afraid of their success than they are their failure. The underlying imbalance is stress and it always starts in the mind. People can learn to manage stress by applying tools like meditation and bring more balance in their lives. It also gives a sense of detachment, and the ability to release trauma that has been held on to for years.
Even though people may know it is a good idea to meditate, most are still not doing it. They see it as a luxury that they will get around to when there is more time. But in actuality, as Emily points out, we get more time in the day when we take the time to meditate.
For more information about Emily or gain access to her meditation tools, click here!