You could choose to take a transcendental meditation class, pay the $1,500 to get your own personal mantra, or you could skip all that nonsense and just start meditating today without spending a cent.
The first and perhaps most important element of meditation is to find a quiet and comfortable place where you can meditate. This could be at home or the office, or even in your car. You just want it to be a quiet area where you can relax.
To begin meditating, you’ll want to first close your eyes. If it helps, focus on a relaxing color so you’re not thinking of anything else in your life that could overtake the meditation. Brendan Schaub of The Fighter and The Kid podcast said he thinks of the color white, as it’s a relaxing color to him, and concentrating on the color will help to prevent your thoughts from drifting.
If you find thoughts about life creeping into your meditation time, brush those thoughts aside. Tim Ferris suggests to direct all your thoughts at your breath. Focus on the air as you inhale through your nose, and again as you exhale. Repeat this to keep your mind clear.
You may find that time slips away quickly when you’re meditating, which is why it’s important to set an alarm to notify you when your time is up. The commonly suggested amount of time to meditate is about 20 minutes or so. I’d suggest choosing an alarm that isn’t as jarring as what you would typically choose at any other time. Most phones have a wide range of tones and chimes to choose from, so pick something on the quiet and soothing end of the spectrum rather than something loud and obnoxious.
It may take a few tries before you can truly relax and obtain the many benefits of meditation. The key thing is to stay with it, turn meditation into a routine, and practice it each day. You may find that meditation grows to become an important part of your day.
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.