Nov 27, 2018
The consistent practice of meditation is a habit that will help you be more calm, centered, focused, and joyful, at any time, and in any circumstance.
Rather than getting caught up in the Hustler’s recycled inner-dialogue and commentary, dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, mindfulness through meditation enables you to be present to a feeling, a thought, or a situation, without being overwhelmed by it. It allows you to be fully in the here and now, instead of wishing for something else.
Instead of constantly editing the story in your head and reacting unconsciously, you can step back, create a little bit of space between you and your thoughts and emotions (especially negative ones). You simply let your thoughts happen, so you can feel them fully, allowing those thoughts to pass completely. This process creates a small gap that helps you mindfully respond from a calm and peaceful place.
In this way, meditation helps to keep the voice in your head from running amok and creating a lot of havoc in your life. Being mindful doesn’t necessarily make the thoughts go away, but it does help you reduce your attachment to those thoughts.
Meditation is not going to solve all of your problems, but it will help you deal with them more effectively, by enabling you to respond, rather than react, to external stimuli, giving you more focus, and helping you to be more calm and composed.
All of this may sound quite lovely, but how do you actually meditate? Well, there are many forms of meditation, but here are 5 simple steps for starting and building your meditation practice:
Over time, try to build up the duration, first to a couple of minutes, then to 5 minutes, then to 10 minutes.
The super-duper-secret to meditation (and for many things in life, for that matter) is non-attachment to the result. You can’t always control the outcome. Drop your attachment to the outcome, and enjoy the journey for what it is.
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