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The Key to Success – The Present Moment

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“The greatest discovery is that a human being can alter his life by altering the attitudes of his mind” William James

We all desire that one quick key to success.  The key to happiness, bliss, financial prosperity, successful relationships, and the alleviation of suffering.  What if I told you, there was no key?  Throw away that thought.  There is nothing you have to obtain for any of these things.  The solution to all your problems is already within you now and can be accessed through the practice of one simple exercise: meditation.

Bringing the body, mind and spirit together in harmony allows you to tap into a world of infinite potential, giving you a glimpse into your own true nature of perfect peace. 
We often forget our true nature due to the activity of the mind, but it is nevertheless there waiting to be discovered by you in the present moment.  As we all know from personal experience, the vast majority of our internal suffering is generated by our thoughts.


Take a moment to quiet everything down.  Meditation allows consciousness to marinate in itself by bringing to attention the present moment, the only time that actually exists.  This is where success ultimately lies.  Success can only be understood in terms of what is happening, and the only thing that is happening is the present moment.

Often times, we cause ourselves stress, anxiety, and panic over stuff that may occur in the future or events that have taken place in the past.  The past only exists as a thought, and the future only exists as potential.  Does it make sense to stress ourselves out and react to something which we know to be non-existent?  To be anxious, fearful, or stressed out over something which does not exist is known as insanity or schizophrenia in the medical community.  Bring the attention back to the present moment, and in this awareness true success be obtained.  But what kinds of success can meditation lead to?

Finding peace and stillness within yourself is crucial to your body’s health. 90% of all diseases and illnesses are either caused or aggravated by stress, and meditation is a great way to restore balance in your body.
A new study from the American Heart Association shows that regular meditation was correlated with a 48% reduced risk of heart attack and stroke and even a trend towards reduced smoking.

“It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itself.” said lead researcher Dr. Robert Schneider.  “The research on Transcendental Meditation and cardiovascular disease is established well enough that doctors may safely and routinely prescribe stress reduction for their patients with this easy to implement, standardized and practical programme.” The study proved meditating 20 minutes twice a day can cut your chances of heart attack, and stroke in half immediately.

What man-mad pill can do that?  Meditation has also been proven to cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, decrease physical pain, boost your immune system, reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease, treat headaches, and even improve your sex-life just to name a few.

The mental benefits of meditation are even more striking.  A study from Harvard in 2006 found that meditation actually increases the size of your brain.  It also is scientifically proven to boost your creativity, increase brain wave coherence, increase your IQ, and improve mental focus, attention, memory and concentration.  In other words, you don’t need to spend money on ADHD medication for yourself of your children.


Meditation also trains us to be compassionate by increasing the activity of the insula in the brain, the part of your brain responsible for processing empathy and perceiving the emotional states of others. This study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison proves that meditation actually trains your brain to be kind to other people and understand them compassionately.

“To varying degrees, meditation has been shown to benefit patients with hypertension, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.”  – Aditi Nerurkar, M.D., Harvard.  Which would you chose, meditation or medication?  Simply put, meditation is something that can dramatically alter your life for the better.  It can replace your medications, improve your relationships with the people around, and bring you to a state of inner peace and tranquility.

Not only will you gain all of this, but you will also lose anger, anxiety, panic, depression, sickness and fear.   THIS is success.  Panic to Freedom is a fantastic program put together by Jordan, Ray, and Brian to walk you through breathing exercises, present moment awareness, and meditation to help you become the peaceful, blissful, and liberated individual you already are.  If you want to be successful, there is nothing more successful than a successful present moment.  In fact, this is the only kind of success there is, and all you have to do is nothing.

So what are you waiting for?  Don’t just do something, sit there!
Transform yourself into the peaceful person you really are, and be truly successful in this moment.  You deserve it.

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