If you need to slow your mind from time to time so you can recharge and get a fresh perspective, the next few paragraphs are written just for you.
But, you need to slow down for 2 minutes and read them.
The word meditation carried an image of an old dirty Suburu covered with bumper stickers, at least it did for me. The voice in my head can be an asshole. I’m open to ideas and world views, but at the very same time, I can be extremely opposed to trying or accepting the new.
It’s like a battle in my brain takes place when something new or unknown tries to get in. Fortunately meditation won its battle and has securely made its way into my life.
What exactly is meditation.
Meditation is simply the art of focusing your attention in one area, and you don’t have to shave your head and sit on a mountain to do it. Think of meditation as exercise for your brain. If increasing your concentration, decreasing your anxiety and simply improving your general feeling of happiness sounds appealing, then give meditation a try for one week and see how you feel.
How to begin
I didn’t opt for the Tibetan retreat with Buddhist monks, I started with a guided meditation app on my phone and the quiet of my parked car in front of a construction site in San Francisco. If you know you need something to change, you can find the time and place to meditate no matter what. The key is to just start.
I found two meditation apps that I really like for different reasons. Depending on your personal style, one of these two will do the trick and get you started. Once you are in a groove you can start looking around for options and alternatives, but again, for right now just pick one of these two and get started.
Headspace offers guided meditation, which is a great place to begin. A soft comforting voice walks you through your meditation, keeps you on track and starts to build the confidence you need if you choose to meditate in complete silence in the future.
Headspace is where I started, it’s free and I love it.
Mindfulness also offers guided and silent meditations and is very similar to Headspace, it just has a different voice for the guided meditations if you are attracted to that sort of thing. The Mindfulness app is not free, but it only costs $1.99. Right now this is my go-to meditation app and I really enjoy how simple it is to use.
I hope you give meditation a shot, you have nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain.
This Week’s Podcast
After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, news anchor Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes, and meditation became one of them. In this this interview Dan talks about his journey, why meditation works as well as his bestselling book 10% Happier.
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