According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 322 million people are victims of depression and another 264 million suffer from anxiety. While our societies are immersed in chaos; deteriorating mental health statistics are alarming. The collateral economic costs of such afflictions are estimated by the WHO to be a billion dollars a year.
In a brave attempt to help society beat this statistics, the strategist, communicator and bestselling author Ismael Cala presented this week a set of guided meditations entitled “The Map of Dreams,” designed to address our lack of strategies for communicating our goals or ambitions, and sharpening our focus and clarity to project on a personal and professional level.
“Drawing the map to your dreams, listing your desires and objectives and visualizing what we want; are powerful tools that give us a clear and definite idea of what we really need to do in order to keep the focus on dreams,” explained Cala as he presented the series of four meditations, consisting of:
1 – Introduction – The map to our dreams
2 – Meditation to detox mentally and spiritually
3 – Meditation to empower self-esteem
4 – Meditation to achieve overall good health
5 – Meditation to envision prosperity
According to scientific studies, meditation has been proven as a magnificent healing technique, alleviating depression, reducing chronic pain and stress, increasing concentration and improving memory, among other benefits.
As a recent fact, it was confirmed that meditation was key to help the Thai children and coach be safe and alive while trapped in the cave. By focusing and being calm inside, they could tolerate those days of confinement, cold and hunger until they could be rescued.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve never meditated or if you are an expert , these meditations take into account our individual path and experience,” said Ismael. He suggested three tips for beginners:
- The earlier, the better. The time of day most recommended for meditating is starting your day in the morning.
- If you feel like you are falling asleep, change position. If the early hour is still making you sleepy, do not meditate lying down; sit in the lotus position or any comfortable position that will keep you awake.
- Receive thoughts as passing. Do not stress yourself when your mind is bombarded with them coming through. Meditating does not leave the mind in blank; it is technically impossible. don’t get hanged up on these thoughts, let them be like waves coming in and out.