BWW Blog: Meditate, Don't Caffeinate by Emily Fletcher, Ziva Meditation

When was the last time you dragged yourself to an open call at 6AM without a cup of coffee in hand? What about when you've left for a friend's birthday party after the eighth show of the week, did you reach for a shot of espresso then? Of course you did! You were exhausted, and you needed a little help to show up for what's important to you. And what looks like a great option in those moments of exhaustion and desperation? A steaming cup of delicious coffee.

Did you know that caffeine doesn't really give you energy, but instead masks the brain's ability to feel tired? Now, I'm not suggesting you should quit coffee altogether, but as with all drugs, it is important to understand how they impact you in the long run.

When you meditate, you give your body rest that is 2-5x deeper than sleep. Which means you not only release stress, but you'll be more awake on the other side. Check the super short video below to learn the neuroscience behind how both affect your brain, and why I suggest you try a second sit, rather than a second cup, to power through the afternoon slump.

Check out the video below!

To start your own meditation practice, join us for an Intro to Meditation talk in NYC or LA or take our easy-to-follow, 8-day online course, zivaMIND.

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Emily Fletcher Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation & creator of zivaMIND online meditation training. Her 10 years of training begin in Rishikesh, India. Emily was inspired to share this practice with others after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits it provided her during her career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, and A Chorus Line.

Now regarded as one of the leading experts in meditation, Emily has helped over 2,8000 high performers integrate this practice into their fast-paced, modern lives. Emily has been invited to teach at innovative organizations like Google, Barclays Bank, Viacom, Relativity Media, sweetgreen, Awesomeness Fest, Summit Series, and The Omega Center. Ziva was recently featured in The New York Times and Elle Magazine.