Finding your Inner Zen: More Mindfulness Techniques

Hey team, it’s Master Trainer JayDee with a quick quiz for my Total Gym Team: Name one thing that these ultra, super, successful people have (or had) in common?


  1. Steve Jobs – considered the modern day Leonardo da Vinci
  2. Oprah Winfrey – self-made billionaire who has inspired millions
  3. Paul McCartney – top selling musician in history with the Beatles
  4. Lebron James – arguably the best basketball player of all-time
  5. Jerry Seinfeld – one of the world’s most successful comedians


(And I could have easily listed 30+ more that you would know and love)


Yeah, you probably guessed it from the title of this blog. They all attribute much of their success to their dedicated meditation practice and living a Zen life.


To clarify, Zen is not really a feeling. Zen is an ancient form of Buddhism that emphasizes meditation practice, self-control, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. The philosophy was that living the Zen life would bring you closer and closer to enlightenment. And if you’re feeling more enlightened and experiencing greater peace and contentment in your life – we often now call that “feeling Zen”.


But what if that foo-foo jargon doesn’t appeal to you?

Quiz #2: What do the following mega-successful, companies have in common?


  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Nike
  4. Apple
  5. Intel


(Again, I could have easily listed 30+ more that you would know)


They all support mindfulness meditation within their corporate culture. Meditation classes, meditation rooms, time to practice, resources, etc.


Last quiz!  Why would these companies help their employees find their inner Zen at work? Because of the vast, proven benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness.


Here are my my top five that are backed up by The Deepak Chopra Center:

  1. Decreases Stress
  2. Increases Clarity and Focus
  3. Decreases Illness and Absenteeism (Hello? Less stress will do this!)
  4. Increases Productivity
  5. Improves Communication

Again, these benefits have all been proven! Furthermore, Deepak Chopra has found that companies that provide such life-changing benefits have greater employee loyalty.


Now, if you are thinking, “this all sounds dandy JayDee but…”  And I know the whole list of buts, because I have experienced them first hand. Here are a couple common ones I encounter when I teach:

  • I’m so busy there’s no way I have time to meditate
  • It is not for me because I can’t slow my mind down for 30 seconds
  • I’m so type-A and high-strung with energy I couldn’t sit still to do it
  • I tried it a couple times. It felt OK but I didn’t really see any big changes
  • How could sitting here doing nothing have such powerful benefits?


The reason I love teaching Mindfulness Meditation, especially to “non-meditators” is I had to overcome all these “buts!  So I found a way to teach it that is very accessible for all.  In fact I trademarked my method – Cognitive Cardio™ – because just the word meditation can have negative connotations for some. And before my wellness career, I received two degrees in business finance and enjoyed a successful sales career. Now I’m blessed because I can combine my business background and my 23 years of meditation experience to truly explain how powerfully beneficial this practice can be for them.


So, please check out the video as I will teach you how simple it can be to get your Zen on!


Enjoy the Peace…



JayDee learned to meditate at world renowned spa Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico where he studied with some of the worlds best teachers.  He then taught thousands of people to meditate before bringing meditation to the business world.  Feel free to contact him to bring Mindfulness Mediation into your organization:

JayDee Cutting III, MBA

JayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management. JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004. He lectured and taught wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs. He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”

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