Meditation for Normal People
Meditation is no longer just for hippies and New Agers...
There's actually nothing woo-woo about it.
I avoided meditation for A LONG TIME because I thought it was some fancy spiritual thing that only gurus in the Himalayas could do.
It turns out that it's much more accessible and "normal" than that. I now meditate every morning, for just a few minutes and without getting out of bed (we'll get into that). And, though it's subtle, meditation has had a profound impact on my life.
What is Meditation?
Here's a simple definition for you... Meditation is the practice of being present.
That's it. It's as simple as that.
Anything that brings you fully into the present moment is a form of meditation.
Working out can be meditation. Walking outside can be meditation. Eating can be meditation.
The common factors among all of these are being immersed in the present moment, being able to observe your thoughts and not caught up in the past or future.
Most people live their entire lives thinking about the past or future, and completely missing the present moment. This is an absolute tragedy, because the present moment is all we ever have.
When the past happened, it happened in the present moment. When the future happens, it will happen in the present moment. And if you're not "in the moment," you don't truly experience it!
Meditation is the practice of coming back to the present moment. Of course, you won't always be in the present moment. We're human after all. And we have the ability to reflect on the past and plan for the future. But you can, however, be present more often.
Problems always seem bigger when you're imagining a future scenario or doing some kind of mental projection. But in the present moment, it's peaceful, joyful.
Even if you get a flat tire, for example, it's not that bad of an experience if you're fully present. Have you ever tried doing something like that instead of complaining or thinking about how much it messed up your day?
How to Start Meditating
Meditation can be simple. Very simple.
Here's the easiest way to start meditating:
- Set a timer for 2 minutes
- Sit down and close your eyes
- Take 7 deep breaths into your belly
- Observe your thoughts
Simply sit down and observe your thoughts for 2 minutes. Don't judge them or attach to them. Just observe.
Here's a helpful perspective... You are the sky and your thoughts are merely clouds passing by.
And now you know how to meditate. But here's the thing...
Consistency is Key
Meditation is a practice.
Like most things in life, it needs to be done consistently to see results.
Think about working out. You don't get strong and muscular after one workout. It takes months or even years of regular workouts to get really strong and muscular.
The same applies to your meditative muscles.
Meditate for just a few minutes every day, and you will start noticing its effects.
The results will be subtle, but you will notice a difference over time.
Here's what to be aware of:
- How often you're present
- How often you're lost in thought
- How you react in stressful situations (if at all)
- How often you watch your thoughts in daily life
- Being aware of your thought patterns
- Being aware of your feelings/emotions
- Being at peace
- Heightened senses
- Feeling "centered"
- Being more focused
- Feeling sharper
- Feeling happier
- Being less distracted
All of those things (and a lot more) are the results of a regular meditation practice.
No, you're not going to be enlightened or know the meaning of life. But you will notice some changes that will have a lasting effect on your state of being.
There's a reason why top performers in every area of life are meditating now (athletes, CEO's, writers...etc). They see the immense benefits it provides.
Meditation is the gateway to self-mastery.
And it's accessible to you all day, every day.
Are you ready to build your meditation muscles?
- Stevie P