What is Meditation, and Why Do People Do Meditate?

What is Meditation, and Why Do People Do Meditate?I was listening to The Fighter and the Kid podcast earlier today, and the guest of this particular episode was Tim Ferris. My bullshit detector goes off with this guy a little bit, but he did share some information on meditation, specifically how he mediates and the benefits that he receives from meditating.

Tim has a podcast of his own and he’s interviewed a lot of powerful and successful people. He said that one thing that around 80% of the people he’s interviewed have in common is that they practice some from of meditation.

Tim describes meditation as a way of hitting pause on your brain, or giving it a warm bath. Bryan Callen, co-host of The Fighter and the Kid, describes it as a “massage for the brain.” Essentially, it’s away to relax, detach, and clear your head. Tim says that meditation will allow you to complete everything else you have to do during the day “fifty percent faster.”

Now, how do you measure something like that? I do not know. I get what he’s saying, though. Meditation will help clear your head, shake out the cobwebs, and allow you to focus on the other tasks you have perform throughout the day.

One of the more popular forms of meditation that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately is transcendental meditation, or TM for short. You have to pay $1,500 to take a class where they give you a mantra that you repeat while you meditate for twenty minutes each day. Obviously taking such a class isn’t necessary, and you could pick any word or combination of words to use as your mantra. It’s not what you’re saying, but rather the repetition of the words that’s important. After saying anything over and over again, the word starts to sound odd and loses all meaning.

So there you have a brief explanation of why people meditate and what they achieve through meditation. Come back soon and I’ll continue this topic and detail how you can start meditating immediately.