Meditation: What It Really Is, Why It’s Awesome & How To Get Started

Before I moved to Australia, If you’d told me one day I’d be writing an article about meditation, I would probably have started laughing.

I had never meditated and it’s not something I’d even thought about doing.

Yet here I am, crafting the first lines of a blogpost about meditation… And guess what: I’m pumped about it!

Why? Because meditation has been hands down my #1 life discovery over the last year.

Out of all the crazy/healthy stuff I do on a daily basis, it’s my meditation that helps me most show up in the world they way I want to, and become a slightly better version of myself everyday.

And that’s why, my friends, I’m happy to say that I haven’t missed a day of meditation in 9 months. And to be honest, I don’t plan on ever missing a day again. Yes, meditation is that awesome.

If you’re skeptical, I don’t blame you. How could sitting down, eyes closed, doing nothing for a few minutes really help us, let alone provide Jedi Mind Tricks?

Let me tell you a little story.

 How I Started Meditating

One day around this time last year, I was lost in the depth of the Youtube sphere, browsing around aimlessly, before I found an interesting video.  It was Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of meditation in the Western World, introducing Meditation to a room full of Google employees.

I had nothing planned for the next hour, and I figured if those guys had the time to watch this presentation, I should watch it too. So I did. And what a good idea it turned out to be.

Before the video was even over, I knew I to try this thing. I’ve always had a really active mind, always thinking about a million and one things, and it seemed like meditation was exactly what I needed to harness the full power of my mind by taming it down a little.

So I committed to 5 minutes every morning, for the next month. See what happens, you know. If anything, the chances of getting injured from this experiment were rather slim.

The next morning, as soon as I got up, I sat up in my bed, closed my eyes and thus began my meditation career.

The next 5 minutes were slightly uncomfortable, relatively uneventful, and certainly not life-altering. But I got up happy, because I had taken that critical first step in my meditation project. And you know what? I was already looking forward to my next 5 minute session, to see if I would be able to control my mind a bit better.

Over the next few weeks, I traveled far and wide around the internet, doing research about meditation, trying to shed some light on this concept that is still so obscure to us Westerners. But the more I learned about meditation and it’s benefits to the human brain, the stronger my feeling grew that I had embarked on an adventure unlike any other. An adventure inside my own mind. Woah.

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And now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with meditation, I’m about to take you on a guided tour inside this amazing activity. And if you’re already a meditator, I’ll be sharing a few unconventional meditation tricks that could greatly enhance your practice.

So take deep breath, smile, and get ready because this is gonna be good. If the following information can enhance your life half as much as it has mine, you’re in for a ride.

                (That’s me meditating at the Kalbarri Canyon in Western Australia a few months ago)

What is Meditation? 

“When we speak of meditation, it is important for you to know that this is not some weird cryptic activity, as our popular culture might have it. It does not involve becoming some kind of zombie, vegetable, self-absorbed narcissist, navel gazer, “space cadet,” cultist, devotee, mystic, or Eastern philosopher.

Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment; and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn in Wherever You Go, There You Are

Who better than the master himself to start us off? :)

Kabat-Zinn makes it quite clear, but I want to make this real clear: meditation is not some weird mystic activity, it’s an effective, relaxing, and pleasant way to to tune in with ourself.

When I meditate, I don’t see crazy stuff, I don’t communicate with aliens, and I don’t time-travel. No, I just chill out and meditate. That’s it.

Meditation is the process of slowing down our mind, and controlling our stream of thoughts. It’s achieved mainly by controlling our breath. Breathing, when we focus on it, acts as the connection between our mind and our body. By taking slow, soft, rhytmic breaths, we calm down both our body and our mind, and before long, we’re meditating. We achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Everything slows down, the outside world ceases to exist, and we connect with what’s going on inside us.

What happens when we meditate? 

As we do that, the brainwave patterns in our brain begin to change. From a beta state where our mind is busy even a beginner meditator can quickly go into an alpha state which already feels quite nice.

Then, with some practice, we start calming our mind enough to produce Theta brainwaves, which is when the real fun begins. This state of relaxation is unlike anything a non-meditator has ever experienced, and is also the source of a lot of insights.

Finally, the Zen Buddhist masters have been shown in EEG’s to produce Delta brainwaves, which is the same as normal people in deep restorative sleep.

From our perspective, we just feel progressively more relaxed, light, and eventually (in my case at least), I feel like I’m floating, like my body doesn’t exist anymore. And in deep meditation, I feel this “glow” in my head.

Why is it important to slow down our brainwave patterns?

Well for one, we live more busy/hectic/mentally draining lives than any generation of humans before us. The amount of information our brain processes, the constant stimulation it’s provided, puts a severe drain on our cognitive abilities. Eventually, we become drained, and that’s when that urge to lay on the couch or to have another coffee appears.

By venturing down into Alpha, Theta, and Delta states, we calm down our brain, allowing it to refuel our neurochemical tanks. That’s why after meditation we enjoy greater mental clarity, focus, and serenity.

The Benefits of Meditation

Over the course of the last ten years, I have also participated in several research programs intended to document the long-term effects of meditation practice on the brain and on behavior. This research has shown that it is possible to make significant progress in developing qualities such as attention, emotional balance, altruism, and inner peace.

Other studies have also demonstrated the benefits of meditating for 20 minutes a day for a period of six to eight weeks. These benefits include a decrease in anxiety, in vulnerability from pain, and in the tendency toward depression and anger, as well as strengthening the power of attention, boosting the immune system, and increasing one’s general well-being. Thus,no matter what point of view you approach it from—whether that of personal transformation, the development of altruistic love, or physical health—meditation emerges as a factor essential for leading a balanced life, rich in meaning.”

~ Matthieu Ricard in Why Meditate?

Mathieu Ricard is an interesting fellow. 37 years ago, he left a promising career as a cellular geneticist in France, moved to the Himalayas, and decided to become a Buddhist monk.

After about 30 years isolated in the mountains of Nepal, he came back to the Western world to take part in some studies on the human brain. Through extensive testing, it became obvious that all his years of daily meditation had totally transformed his brain. He was now capable of lighting the parts of his brain linked to kindness, compassion, attention on demand, and to generate much more activity in those regions than normal people.
Thus began a series of studies that now show without a doubt that meditation benefits us in many ways. You can read a good overview of all the scientifically proven benefits of meditation on this site.

In his great book “Relaxation Revolution”, Herbert Benson even tells us that “eliciting the relaxation response through any of a wide variety of techniques will actually change the body’s gene activity or “expression.” I’m not sure I fully grasp the implications of this, but it goes to show that meditation can really change us on a very fundamental level: our gene’s expression.

At this point in time, we’re past the debate of whether this stuff works or not. It’s been proven time & time again, meditation is legit. And beyond all the studies & research… take it from me. I’m not here to sell you anything, just trying to share a bit of wisdom with you.

The benefits I’ve experienced from my 250+ consecutive days of meditation

There are probably more, but on top of my head:

-I have a greater ability to focus when I’m working, reading, trying to learn a new skill, or having a conversation with someone.

-I have a lot more good ideas popping out seemingly out of nowhere.

-I’m much more relaxed, and I very rarely get stressed anymore.

-My mind feels a lot less cluttered, my thoughts more organised and less chaotic.

-I have a greater ability for “whole-brain thinking”. This means I can use both hemispheres of my brain simultaneously, looking at things creatively & analytically at once.  For a naturally-analytical person like me, getting in touch with my creative has been awesome and has really opened up a whole new world of possibilities. 

-I stay much calmer and composed under pressure.

-I have a much greater ability to put myself between a stimulus and my response to it. This allows me to live my life a pro-active way, instead of being reactive to all the stuff that happens around me.

-I’m more confident and willing to go for it in because I know whatever life throws at me I’ll be able handle it.

-I need less sleep to feel good. I now sleep about 6 hours/night, and take a 45 minute nap-itation (30 minutes of meditation followed by a 15 minute nap) in the afternoon. I feel more energised than I did sleeping 8-9 hours a night last year.

Can you imagine if there was a pill that offered all this? How much would you be willing to pay for it?

How much better would your life be if you could feel more relaxed, be able to concentrate better, have more good ideas, and feel more confident while needing less sleep?

No pill does that yet. But doing meditation every day does.

It’s free, it’s simple, you can do it anywhere, and there’s no reason not to try it.

How to get started on your Meditation Practice

First off, the posture: the most important thing is to be comfortable. I meditate right after I wake up, so I just sit up, put my pillow against the wall, and sit in a butterfly position. Find a spot where you have space, where it feels right. When you sit, try to sit “with dignity”. Not too upright and rigid, or too slouched over. Just right.

Ok as far as the actual meditation process goes, there are 2 path you can embark on: the Traditional path, or the Technological path (which I recommend).

The Traditional Path: 

1) Start with 5 minutes/day, ideally first thing in the morning (it’s easier on an empty stomach).

2) Once you’re sited comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breathing:  taking small, soft, calm breathes.

4) With each exhale, relax your body & your mind a little bit more.

3) When thoughts arise, don’t worry about them. Let them pass through.

5) Whenever your mind goes astray, simply come back to your breathing.

This path is very much the path of the training the mind through diligent, constant practice. It is certainly effective and has been used for centuries, but it’s a relatively slow process. Sure, after each meditation you will feel peaceful & relaxed, but it will take at least a few months but start feeling deep changes within yourself.

The most important thing if you choose the Traditional Path is to make meditation a part of your daily routine. The key is consistence. If you do it long enough, meditation will become just another thing you do, like sleeping, eating, and brushing your teeth. When I wake up, I do 15 minutes of “traditional” meditation and I

The Technological Path

Along the way, I discovered a technology that totally supercharged my meditation practice. It’s called the Brain Evolution System. It’s a soundtrack containing sound frequencies that directly alter the brain wave our brain produces.

Over a 30 minute period, the soundtrack takes us to aDelta state, which had previously been reserved to Buddhist Monks.  Now, even the most novice meditator can just sit there, and achieve that state, enjoy all of its benefits, without having to focus.

Listening to the soundtrack is all that’s necessary. This is fucking revolutionary, and believe me it works.

The Dalai Lama, who meditates about 4 hours a day, once said that if there was a technology that provided the same benefits as meditation without the time investment, he would be willing to try it. I really wonder if he’s heard about it? Maybe I should send him a Tweet just in case…

Here’s the bottom line: Brain Evolution System is in my opinion one of the best technologies available to us in 2011, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. You can purchase it, or order a free trial right here.

There’s no “meditation pill” yet, but Brain Evolution is as close as it gets. I’ve just been doing it for 30 minutes/day for the last 12 weeks and it rocks.

It’s been wonderful, the meditation sessions are enjoyable and truly restorative, and the changes I’ve noticed within myself have been nothing short of spectacular.

Why YOU should start meditating

“The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world. To put it another way, we transform ourselves so that we can become better human beings and serve others in a wiser and more effective way. Meditation thus gives our life the noblest possible meaning.” -Mathieu Ricard

This might sound bold, but I honestly believe that it’s impossible to live life to the fullest without meditating every day. Knowing what you know now, you wouldn’t be true to the best version of yourself if you at least give meditation a shot.

When I watched that speech by Kabat-Zinn at the Google Headquarters, there’s one thing he said that really stuck with me: “If you were a concert violinist, you would never go on stage and offer your performance without first tuning your instrument. In life, your mind is your instrument. Why not tune it with meditation before going out into the world and offering your performance?”

As I wrote in my description of The Feel Good Lifestyle, “it’s based on the idea that each day should be treated like a gift, because it has the potential to be extraordinary. And by making the most of each day, we start living life to the fullest.”

So take a leap, even if you’ve always thought meditation was weird. Only fools never change their minds…

Whether you decide to supercharge your meditation with Brain Evolution, or to kick it old-school with traditional meditation, do yourself a favour and just give it a try.

If you stick with it, it will open up a whole new part of your mind, of your life, and let you tap into talents you don’t even know you have. Promise

If you have any questions, or want to share your experience with meditation, please leave a comment!

All the best in your meditation journey. It’s gonna be a fun trip.

Cheers!

Phil

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Posted on : 24, Oct 2011

53 Comments

  • I close my eyes and meditate to this 30 min track whenever I feel stressed or fidgety, it really slows me down and makes me more relaxed! Check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6civGWY1f2s&fe

    Also,

    “eliciting the relaxation response through any of a wide variety of techniques will actually change the body’s gene activity or “expression.”

    What that means is that if you put yourself in a state of relaxation ( via meditation or other techniques ), your body will turn on or off certain genes that code for proteins(which in turn build everything in our body). It won't change your DNA but it will change which parts of it are expressed ( or turned "on" ).

    Take this as an example: A rabbit will turn off the gene that is responsible for hair colour if the temperature is too low, so rabbits at the bottom of a valley will have brown hair, whilst those in the mountains will have white hair because the gene is turned off ( likely an evolutionary change, as white rabbits in the snow are harder to see than brown ones ).

    The same sort of thing happens with meditation, genes are turned on or off that likely create neurochemical proteins.

    • Damnn thanks for clarifying bro that's fascinating! I wonder what kind of genes it would turn off for us? Th e stressed out ones?

      Glad to hear you're on the meditation train as well! It's definitely a great balancer for the ungodly time spent on a computer while trying to build a website isn't!

  • Its been about 10 days since i started meditating, all i can is that….I LOVE IT! I use to always mock people back in the day. Like how can you do this, meditating will not get you anywhere and its just a waste of time. The list goes on, but all this time i have been wrong. I wish i had discovered this earlier :P

    I really like this website, keep it up.

    Cheers.

    • Hahah I'm exactly the same Max! And if you're already loving it after 10 days.. well I've got good news for you, it only keeps getting better & better. :)

      Keep it up & thanks for the encouragement- really appreciate it!

  • Wow, did you take those alpha brain pills before writing this xD long article, but every second was worth it :D Great job dude ;) I gotta watch the video of Jon still, when I grab some time, it's little insane on college right now so I barely manage to read and do all I want (the fun part of life lol).

    I love meditating, but still in the process of finding time for it also, I'm gonna have to learn to MAKE time -again. :D

    I took your advice for 5 min in the morning, so I can make it a habit, but still sometimes I'm afraid of falling asleep xD depending when I have to wake up for college. In the last time I managed listening holosync in the evening, it is amazing really..

    I've been reading about it (meditation) for a long time, always trying to find the best way to do it, but I realized the best way is the simplest way :) just sit comfortable and relax, audio helps allot. Before, I was also interested in those meditation techniques with concentrating on chakras, or third eye, to learn how to control our energy, also amazing stuff.

    I've also studied about those wave patterns, as a physicist I had to :D I think I first heard about it when I was reading about Robert Monroe and OBE, very interesting stuff that we can learn about ourselves.

    Love this part: "He was now capable of lighting the parts of his brain linked to kindness, compassion, attention on demand, and to generate much more activity in those regions than normal people." about Matthieu. That stage would be nice to reach.

    I would really want to know about the effect of alpha brain pills, I read about it on their page, sounds great, not too expensive – if it is as good as it says. I tried some similar pills when I was in highschool for concentrating and learning but not sure how much they've helped and how much it was placebo effect. Please let me know how it goes, if it is 'powerful' enough..

    Cheers ;)

    • Haha actually… I did have Alpha Brain before writing this post. It most certainly works! I popped couple after my morning meditation and within a few minutes I was BEAMING. Definitely strong enough! I think this could even be the topic of the next On Becoming Superhuman post :)

      With regards to meditation, yeah definitely the easiest way to go is to do it first thing in the morning. Just like I don't go to bed without brushing my teeth, I don't get out of bed without doing my meditation. It's really that simple.

      With regards to the different techniques.. I realized we don't have to stick to one. Like in a 10 minutes session.. you can do 3-4 different techniques. In a way it keeps it more interesting!

      Fit that 5 minutes, even if it means 5 minutes less sleep, it's worth it. You'll have your mind tuned in for the day and you'll be ready to perform :)

      Cheers buddy!

  • I'm always happy to see people spread the good word on meditation! I'm a professional hypnotist and mindfulness educator. Mindfulness may be the most important underutilized skill in the modern world. Welcome aboard!

    On a side note, I found you via revolutionis. I like what I see so far!

    • "Mindfulness may be the most important underutilized skill in the modern world." Agreed!

      I used to get a bit upset about it, but now I look at it as an incredible opportunity.. and to be quite honest now that I've discovered how great it is, it's become a personal mission of mine to share this stuff with the world.

      Glad to see you're doing the same :)

      What's the best you've found of getting people on the mindfulness train? Especially those who are curious about all this but still unsure whether it's for them or not..

      • How do I get them on board? I'm always willing to help people, explain the benefits and methods, and I will coach them. It's funny how no matter what we do that sometimes the curious remain just that. The best method I've found for converting the onlooker is persuading them to just try an experiment. I then coach them through a few breaths. People find it so hard to believe how simple this is!

        The important thing is just get them doing instead of thinking. Mindfulness is experiential.

        Keep spreading the good word!

  • I tried the traditional meditation a few days ago, because I read so much awesome about meditation, but I fail on fully concentrating on my breath an stopped after a few minutes and decided that meditation is nothing for me.

    But your article motivates me to try it again, maybe with the technological way ;)

    Tomorrow morning I will try.Hope for the best!! :)

    Cool blog by the way, motivates me to live a more healthy life and making the best out of myself ;)

    Keep On blogging ;)

    • Hendrik, we all appear to fail at first. Here's the good news: you didn't fail! So you noticed you lost track of your breath. Congratulation! You were meditating. All you have to do is bring your awareness back to your breath. Do so without judgment. Good luck in your future endeavors!

    • Hey Hendrik!

      It's just like anything, it takes practice. It's like someone who's never run before, the first time they'll get tired after 5 minutes.. but the next day the'll go 6.. then 7.. and eventually you become fit. Your mind works the same way.

      But honestly Holosync makes it way easier. You don't actually have to meditate to get the benefits you essentially just have to relax and listen to the audio soundtrack. You should definilyte try it out, you'll be amazed how good you'll feel afterwards. You can order a free demo on the website too.

      Cheers man, I appreciate your support- take care!

  • You're quite the salesman here, but since what you're selling is free, I suppose I should buy some.

    Meditation has been on my mind a lot lately and I'm happy to have found this piece. I'm going to put some focus into it and see how it goes. All these folks can't be crazy, right?

    • No, we are ALL crazy. And crazy is good. I'd worry about the sane ones!

      PLEASE, PLEASE give this a try. You can read my comment below, but Phil turned me on to this a few weeks ago and I NEVER want to miss a day. It's like CRACK, but good for you.

      Somtimes when I am REALLY feeling crazy, and I have some extra free time on my hands. I get stoked to do it a SECOND TIME IN A DAY!!!!!

      haha good looks man, surfs up!

      • "It's like CRACK, but good for you" ROFL!

        So true! I woke up this morning feeling a bit tired (only slept 5 hours), did 1 hour of Holosync and BOOM back in it, feeling relaxed and centred.

        David, just start small, 5 minutes a day.. but do it everyday. And if you want to supercharge things, definitely pick up Holosync, as you can see my man Sal is enjoying it too hahah.

  • YO!!!!!

    If it takes you 8 hours to write this… it takes me about 9 hours to read it!!!

    OKay, it's been 9 hours I just read that!!!!

    Dude, GREAT work on this piece. I love how in depth you went on it. From what meditation is all about, down to how to do it NOW!

    I can't say thank you enough for turning me on to this a few weeks ago. I have only missed one day (accidental to travel) and I can say, I NEVER WANT TO MISS ANOTHER HOLYSINC DAY EVER!!!!!

    Right now the sun doesn't rise enough to surf until about 7:30… SO lately, I have been driving to the spot I surf at, and about 6:30 just start my session in the car. Then, when the sun is right, my mind is right too!!!!

    I sometime want to switch it up though and go for the evening like you. I can tell that it energizes me so much, so if I do it in the morning, like now at 8pm I am a little drained and could use a pick me up. (going for a skateboard ride!!!)

    It would probably be best to do some yoga in the morning, that gets me amped, then do the meditation in the evening. It does make me sleepy, but I guess that is what "napitation is for" lol.

    Surfs up,

    Check it out man…

    "On 1-1-11 (November 1, 2011) at 11:11 AM (Pacific Time) Evolutionary Leaders everywhere are invited to join in meditation to hold the intention for the emergence of the next Evolutionary Leap in Consciousness."

    That was from their site at http://www.globalcarerooms.org

  • Yo! Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment.

    Dudeee that's such an epic Feel Good practice, Holosync as the sunrises before going for a surf .. WOW. That blows my mind. I'm loving my late nights these days but I do miss the early morning feel goodness haha.

    If you need a pick me up at night try doing 15 minutes of the Theta Track I put in Dropbox, it's perfect to rejuvenate. Sometimes I do a 15 minute napitaiton where I play it twice and meditate the first 15 minute, sleep the second 15 minutes and I'm turbocharged when I wake up.

    And really there's no reason why you couldn't do Dive twice in a day. There were some mind blowing studies I saw where people were doing 4 hours of holoysnc a day, and their cortisol level dropped tremendously while their feel good hormones all rose substantially. The more the better! Unlike crack! haha

  • PS That universal meditation is craaaazyyyy definitely gonna join in ! Harness the power of the universe!!

  • I'm starting! You got me.

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  • Great article, thanks! I saw on another site that you mentioned using Holosync in conjunction with Brain Lightning. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on Brain Lightning and / or Brain Lightning vs Alpha Brain. Also curious to hear at what dosage you found each to be effective.

    Keep up the good work, the site looks great.

    • Hey John! My apologies about the late reply, just realized that I was missing some notifications about the new comments.

      Brain lightning I’ve found to be ok, but nothing spectacular. I can’t really pinpoint a specific effect from it.

      However, Alpha Brain, I can definitely tell the difference. I have 1 in the morning, and sometimes 1 in the afternoon after my Holosync sesh. But I think it’s a highly personal thing and you should do your own experiments.

      Dunno if you’ve seen it yet but I think you’ll definitely enjoy my “Limitless” article http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com/on-becoming-superhuman-how-to-get-smarter-increase-your-iq-become-limitless.html

      Cheers!

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  • Great article, loved every bit of it.
    I’ve already tried meditating, but after a few days I stopped because obviously I didn’t feel anything different and it’s hard to start a routine when you don’t see the effects, but now that I know it will eventually get better and I hear about all these awesome benefits, I will do it again and stick to it. And I’ll give the holosync thing a try, it sounds nice.

    In case I go with the traditional method, should I stay at 5min per day for a few months and then increase the time gradually? Or should I start increasing right from the beginning?

    Thanks for the article, and all the other ones you post as well, they’re awesome!

    • Hey Max!

      That’s great you’re wanting to give it another shot, it’s really worth it.

      Your meditation practice is a highly personal thing so I’d say just do what feels right. In the morning now I don’t set a time for it anymore, I just stop when I feel like I’ve managed to really calm down my mind and I’m ready to take on the day.

      Doing it with HOlosync or even a meditation song from Youtube makes it easy because you know to simply do it until the music stops.

      Whatever you decide to do.. consistency is the most important thing :) Why not give yourself a 30-day challenge to do it everyday and see how you feel after that?

      • That’s exactly what I’m doing! I’m challenging myself to do it every day for a few months. I’ve done it since I wrote on here, and I really like it. Even though I can’t manage to be in a “not thinking” state yet – obviously – it just relaxes me and it’s good to start the day.

        Thanks a lot for your advice, keep doing what you’re doing!

  • Hey Phil,

    You have two meditation videos above: one by Holosync and one by Joy Meditation. Do you use the products of both? What is your experience with Joy Meditation and why do you prefer holosync over them? Thanks! :)

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  • Great article

  • I am just back to my mediation practice and have been taking a MBSR course in the last month. I loved watching Jon talking about being versus doing. Love your blog!
    Renee

    • Hi Renee, welcome back :) Aaahh being vs doing, such a profound yet important concept.. I think I need to watch that again! So easy to get caught up in the doing..

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  • A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you ought to publish more on this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but typically folks don’t talk about such issues. To the next! Kind regards!!

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  • Excellent article!!
    These two lines from your article has encouraged me to practice mediation, which I am certain is gonna start in a few moments from now:
    “I’ve always had a really active mind, always thinking about a million and one things, and it seemed like meditation was exactly what I needed to harness the full power of my mind by taming it down a little.”
    “For a naturally-analytical person like me, getting in touch with my creative has been awesome and has really opened up a whole new world of possibilities.”
    That’s pretty much me and if someone like me has been benefited by meditation, how should I be any different!!
    Thanks for motivating me. It has been long pending for me.. :-)

  • Thank for your tip about brainev, I will definitely try it out!

    I started meditating 3 years ago and I found http://www.getsomeheadspace.com which has helped me a lot in building up my technique! The practice starts with 10 minutes for 10 days and then 15 minutes for 15 days. It ends with 20 minutes for 20 days + some other practices that you can do when you have finished. The guy talking also has an history of being a Buddhist monk for some years and is really good and pedagogical. This site is what I recommend my newbie friends and what I want to recommend you guys!

    Peace, love and understanding

  • marcandangel got me here :)

    to be honest I have to say I’m quite skeptical about this. I only know meditation from movies and always thought those guys are nuts. reading through your post made decide to give it a try.

    thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • Glad you kept an open mind Sam!

      A lot of bad-ass people meditate nowadays.. Jack Dorsey, Tim Ferriss, Russell Simmons, just to name a few! And it’s only getting more and more popular, because it works. There are more than 1000 peer reviewed studies on the benefits of meditation, do a little Google research adn all your doubts will be confounded.

      Cheers!

  • I’m a writer from Caddletown, Great Britain just forwarded this onto a coworker who is conducting a bit of research on this. And she actually bought me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for her… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal… But anyway, thanks for taking some time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

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  • Hi! Have been meditating (I think!) for about three weeks now – building up slowly each day at varying times and I’m now at around 20mins. Although I’m less stressed I feel totally exhausted after ‘meditation’ and find I’m having to stop myself nodding off to sleep. It takes a lot just to keep focused on staying awake. What am I doing wrong? I’m also doing Yoga, which I find really helpful for stress and the resulting migraines I suffer from. Just wish I could feel better about the meditation. Sometimes I feel so groggy afterwards that I wish I hadn’t bothered – I felt better beforehand. HELP!!

  • I think you’re right Phil. A lot of people have this idea that meditation has to do with far-out hippies who smoke pot and do way too much yoga. I think it may actually be the word “meditation” that turns people off, or conjures up images of cult groups or the latest hollywood fad. Maybe instead, it should have different names for the same thing, like mind relaxing, extreme brain slow downer, thought deactivation or mental massage.

    I personally always had a hard time with sitting down for any length of time. For years I didn’t know that there were other forms of mediation out there that were of the non-sitting kind. Today, if I want to clear my head, I go for cross-country biking. Nothing like imminent danger to force me to be present.

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