Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the creator of zivaMIND, the world's first online meditation training. Companies like Google, Barclays Bank, Viacom, Chanel, Coca-Cola, and sweetgreen have all invited Emily to help up-level company performance through meditation. You can learn with her, too, by joining her course, "Guided Visualizations: How to Overcome Your Fears, Excel at Work, and Have Mind-Blowing Sex."
How many times a year do you get sick?
I used to think it was normal to get sick three to four times a year. Every season change I would find myself commiserating with my friends about the nasty new bug that was going around. I even had to get my tonsils out as an adult because of severe sore throats during my time singing on Broadway.
That all changed the day I learned meditation. I have been practicing for 10 years now and haven’t been sick in the last eight of those.
I personally believe nature didn’t intend for us to feel sick, tired, and stressed; in fact, our bodies are equipped with a powerful internal pharmacy designed to keep us from getting sick. However, stress can overwhelm our bodies and prevent immune function from running optimally. When the body is stressed, it is basically preparing for a predatory attack, so there isn’t much energy left to run maintenance functions.
By meditating twice a day every day, you decrease the stress in your body and therefore decrease your susceptibility to sickness. But there are some additional steps you can take to stay healthy throughout the year. Here are a few of my favorite tips: