Meditation, on the other hand, is not only dealing with your stress in the now but helping to get rid of the backlog of stress from your past. Your body is a perfect accountant. So, every all-nighter you've pulled, every unhealthy meal you've ever eaten, it’s all stored in your cellular memory. Meditation gives the body deep, healing rest. When you give your body the rest that it needs, it knows how to heal itself. One of the things it heals itself from is stress. The less stress you have in your body, the easier it is for you to perform at the top of your game.
The specific style that I teach at Ziva has its roots in something called Nishkam Karma Yoga, which is a fancy way of saying: "Union attained by action hardly taken." It is a 6,000-year-old practice born of the Vedas, an ancient body of knowledge originating in the Himalayas. The Vedas are the same beautiful body of knowledge that brought us yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, feng shui, and acupuncture.
This style of meditation requires no effort, no focused concentration, and thankfully no struggling to "clear the mind"; all you need to practice is a place to sit and a bit of instruction. Instead of trying to force ourselves into a cosmic abyss of black-hole nothingness, we allow the body to approach a deeply restful state more organically, innocently. There is a tool that helps with this. It is called a mantra. Now, the word mantra needs some clarification as well. A mantra is not a slogan. It is not something like, "I’m a strong woman!" The word mantra is Sanskrit, man means "mind," and tra means "vehicle."
When I teach face to face, each student is given their own mantra that helps to access a verifiable fourth state of consciousness that is different from waking, sleeping, or dreaming. In that fourth state of consciousness you are giving your body rest that is five times deeper than sleep. This allows you to feel more awake afterward. Imagine a supercharged power nap without the sleep hangover.