"When shit hits the fan on the outside, we can still find peace on the inside"
I think a lot of people have good reasons to be pretty pissed off right now and taking action against what we believe is unfair is admirable but trying to figure out how we got here in the first place is an interesting question too.
The Dalai Lama once said that if all children were taught to meditate by the age of 8, we would eliminate violence in one generation. Right now, this seems like a really good idea.
I know it may come as a strange suggestion but if anyone´s got a direct line to the man in the White House then I´m pretty sure the whole World would benefit from him doing it too.
I´m not exactly an expert in the art of meditation since I only took it up about a year ago but to me it feels like taking a massive chill pill for my mind. And I feel like the whole World could benefit from one of those right now! Including our new friend in the White House.
I´m pretty sure he wouldn´t be taken by my idea and I don´t blame him. I used to think people who meditated were complete fruit loops but thankfully that has now changed :)
As those of you who know me will know, sitting still is not my thing and “wasting” precious time I could be spending doing other stuff is not either so meditation is not exactly something that came to me naturally. But the benefits have been immense and have not only had an impact on my own wellbeing but on that of those around me as well.
I´m less stressed, more present in my work and with my friends, less likely to snap and bite the head off anyone who doesn´t agree with me and less likely to make irrational decisions on a whim because I´m pissed off with someone, something or maybe even with myself. All in all, the kind of stuff that´s kind of useful, especially if you´re in charge of nukes (which I personally am not).
So if you´re intrigued about how it can benefit you or if you want to pass on the message to the man at the top then here are my top tips for starting:
· Download an app on your phone (I use Headspace but there´s also Zenfie & probably others too)
· Commit to 30 days.
· Set the intention of practicing every day but don´t beat yourself up if you occasionally miss a day. The more consistent you are, the more beneficial it will be.
· Put it in the diary and treat it as an appointment with a very important person: yourself.
· Just get on with it, don´t procrastinate, put it off or wait for the perfect moment. There is no perfect moment. Just set aside 10-15 minutes a day and get on with it
· Try doing it every day at the same time. This makes it easier to stick with.
· No one knows what they´re doing when they start. Start anyway and just keep going, even if you feel like it´s not bringing you anything.
· There´s no such thing as “being bad” at meditation. I get people tell me that they can´t meditate because they constantly have thoughts going through their mind and that they´re just “not good at it”. Welcome to the club. We´re just about 7 billion of us in the same situation.
· It´s about the experience, not the theory. Talking or reading about it is not the same thing as doing it. Just get on with it.
· Everyone´s experience is unique and this is the one thing in your life that is between you & you. Honor that time and don´t feel like you are doing anything wrong if you don´t feel any benefits immediately.
· There is no such thing as “doing it wrong”. Setting aside the time and doing it consistently is what matters.
· Results will come when you expect them the least. Focus on the practice, not on the outcome.
I hope this will inspire some of you to take on the practice and if you do, please let me know how you get on and how it has benefited you!