One of my favourite aspects of meditation is how it lets you zoom out and see things from a higher perspective.

With stress and pressures we're often so close to the coal face that we can't see what we're doing. We work harder and harder when we could be working less but smarter.

Imagine you were lost in a forest you knew had only one way out, with dense woodland extending for miles in every other direction. Would it be better to blindly wander one particular way in the hope it was the right way? Or would it be better to gain a higher vantage point – from a tree or a hill – to see where you needed to go?

Meditation allows us to withdraw from our everyday concerns for a short time each day which lets us to see them in the right perspective. This in turn lets us see where we need to place our energies.