Yes, we’ve all heard its good for us but who can really sit still and shut their mind off? It’s actually not as hard as you think it is.
As I’m reading Tim Ferris’s book Tools of Titans it seems to be a recurring theme – they all take time to prepare for their days in different ways but most of them spend some time either meditating or journaling or simply sitting in silence each day.
Tony Robbins calls his morning routine “priming” because he’s getting himself prepped to have a good day. More on Tony Robbins later.
How can you really expect to have a good day if you roll of out bed, you’re running late, everything seems to go wrong trying to get to work on time? Isn’t that setting yourself up to have a bad day?
Start with 5 minutes. I have tried sitting still and meditating for 5 min mannnny times and barely lasted 2 min without looking at my timer.
But as I was reading Tools of Titan, one of his interviewees suggested this guided meditation, which is 25 minutes long (at first I thought yikes).
So I told myself I would start with 5 min of it. The first time I did it, I completed the whole 25 minutes with ease. Tara Brach has the most soothing voice ever but not to the point of wanting to fall asleep (I worry about this every time).
While this works for me, there are a few different ways to try meditation:
An app like Headspace, Calm, Mindfulness or Smiling Mind
A guided meditation like the one I mentioned above or other Tara Brach meditations you can find here or Sam Harris meditations, which you can find on Youtube or SoundCloud
Transcendental Meditation – basically it costs over $1000 to take a course, but a lot of wealthy/famous people swear by it – it’s essentially a mantra based meditation mantras but I’ve found the mantras you’re given in the class here but I’m still unsure what any of it means so I guess that’s the point of the course.
Or you can create your own mantra based meditation – you can use any word you want and repeat it to yourself, you can also practice phrases – a lot of people write down things they want to manifest or cultivate in their lives and recite this over and over again to themselves
As far as what I’ve gotten out it – my main goal has been to lower my anxiety levels. I’ve a very anxious person. Everyone these days says they get anxiety but there are people out there that actually have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is basically being constantly worried about day to day situations.
Here are some of the other benefits which are explained more in depth here:
Improves concentration – clears your head
Encourages a health lifestyle
Slows aging (who wouldn’t want this?!)
Benefits cardiovascular and immune health
Call me crazy but I can tell on days that I have meditated that I’m generally calmer. I’m not as quick to panic about things. Whether, you have anxiety or not, sitting in silence is such a great way to start your day before all of the day to day chaos starts. Try it.