The hustle and bustle of today’s society levels little room for pondering the world and forming your own views. Que the self-help industry and entrepreneurs jaw-japing about this formula and that method of which is all meant to make your life seemingly better with little effort.
It’s all bullshit unfortunately, as much as I’d like to believe that chanting in the mirror every morning is going to change the fact that life is painful, I can’t. I’m too much of a realist.
Yet, there is a practical solution, one that’s been around for over 2500 years.
Enter meditation, or more specifically – mindfulness meditation as it’s now commonly referred too.
Imagine, taking 10-30 minutes out of your morning or evening , to just sit and allow your mind to be still, letting the thoughts you have come and go in an act of appearing and disappearing that moment they arise. Focusing solely on your breath to begin with, inhaling through the nose, exhaling out of the nose.
It’s not as easy as that but with practice and repetition, it slowly transforms into an experience like no other, you become aware of the rising and falling of thoughts. The subconscious becomes conscious to you, even if just for a second.
The aim of meditation is to bring awareness into ones reality, dissolving the illusion of the self and developing a deeper understanding with the mind, as to benefit your day-to-day encounters with others.
Cognitive retention and the half-life of emotions are two areas I’ve personally seen benefit with my daily practice of 10 minutes. I don’t react or stew on events that give rise to what would be considered “negative emotions” like anger, fear, envy, jealousy etc.
The cognitive benefits for memory are the most impressive I’ve seen for myself. Say I forget something or can’t remember the name of X. Prior to meditation, I would be struggling to recall this information for minimum of 10-15 seconds. This time is now cut in half to around 5-8 secs (this is a rough estimate) but I can feel the benefits in my interactions with other humans.
The change in mindset, mood and overall well-being is tenfold, just from taking 10 minutes of the day to silently let my mind act like an oceans tide, coming and going, without judgement.
Disclaimer: I still get pissed off, angry and annoyed.
Meditation is in no way a fix for naturally occurring emotions that run rampant in the monkey mind of Homo sapiens. It simply allows more awareness and control in dealing with the problems and sufferings that life presents daily.
Being able to contemplate your existence and take action on the things you care about in a manor that isn’t fueled by emotion, but by rationale thinking is the mark of a matured, well rounded and competent human being.
I wish everyone could feel the level of conscious awareness that those who undertake a path of self-improvement feel. It’s not an easy journey, nor should it be but it’s a beautiful one.
Meditation is akin to a conscious flow state for some, just as writing and creating unapologetically is a flow state for me. It lets the mind move and flow in a way that can be described but experienced. All around you shuts out for those precious moments and a euphoric bliss takes hold as you go about your tasks.
Take 10 minutes out of your morning, and sit, all the mind to fade and be still, even if just for a moment. The remainder of your life will thank you for your practice as the karmic affect will compound and the way you lead your life will be markedly improved.
Simple actions over time can lead to beautiful outcomes in the future, it’s on you to make it happen if you want to it.