Yes, You Meditate. You Just Don’t Know It Yet
Start doing it on purpose for better results
If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.
Everybody meditates. Not just when we sleep having a maintained rhythm of breathing, but even when wide awake, not conscious of the benefits that come from meditation. You meditate unless your day is action packed throughout, such that you don’t close your mouth to breath while focusing on a particular thought. So yes, you do. And each time that happens, you channel energy into relaxing the mind for better focus. What if you could attain that focus when doing just about everything throughout the day?
The key is hidden in controlling your breathing.
Learn to breathe through your nose using not only your chest, and mouth, but your diaphragm and stomach. This sort of breathing calms your body down, and will, in turn, calm your mind down.
Learn to remove the background noise from circumstances that present themselves as daily challenges. Through constant practice, you can single out the primary cause of a problem’s variables and power through to the solution.
Do Away with Considering Meditation a Weak Pursuit
Because you sweat less than someone training for a CrossFit event, the notion that meditation yields fewer results is easy to believe and spread. However, think of in this way; the muscle gained from weight lifting, when translated into benefit from training your mind, outweigh any super power.
Like Yoga, which starts as a routine of uncomfortable stances and gradually sits into rewarding poses, you will suck at meditation. Go on with the controlled breathing for as long as it takes for you to silence your mind, and feel the surge of energy you need to conquer obstacles, call that graduation day.
The best people at anything are those that have been doing it for the longest. Top sports people start at a tender age, and the richest people started working on their dreams way before the media noticed. The problem with the pictures we see is that they are already professionals when we get to know them. Making us want the success and not the work behind the stage we meet them at.
Doing it on purpose
To get the best from any day, start it with actions you planned on doing in advance, and maintain the momentum. This means keeping focus levels high — small meditation breaks. Scheduling your day to refresh your mind as you do with eating, is a perfect way to stay on top of things.
A lot of people start their days with a half-hour meditation session. Early morning when the sun is still to rise, sit and breathe life into the rest the day. I take it as the calm before the storm. You don’t have to be good at it, just do it and the benefits manifest regardless what you think about yourself. In time, you will notice how none of what you think about your performance matters at all, not as much as you putting in the performance.
A run to the local yoga and meditation studio for an early meditation session often completes the perfect routine to a good day. NAT Yoga & Meditation is an excellent example of such a studio. Once you get into the cycle, it becomes easy for one to filter the food to keep a healthy body working at peak levels.
When you go to the gym, the mirrors are there not only to make the place look bigger than it was built but also to let you measure your efforts and results. Measure your meditation technique’s results by challenging your mind regularly. Measure how long it takes you to do a routine mind-effort-requiring task. Expect to get better and work towards that.
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger, seven-time Mr. Olympia
Increasing duration times, trying different breathing techniques and increasing the frequency of meditation sessions, all equate to their physical workout efforts. Imagine the mental strength you build by raising a few more sets gradually, going to the gym more often and targeting different muscle groups.
Create a habit out of consciously activating the small processes keeping you alive. Give it time to energize you during stressful moments in life. Like anything attained through practice, you will get better with time. The more you relax your body wantonly, the more control you can have even during arguments and heated fights, making you the winner nine times out of ten.
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