Many of you know me as a fun, easy going guy with relatively good business sense and a recent affinity for self-improvement.
I’ve been working on a few things to help me feel more fulfilled, like:
Whistling (which I still can’t do)
Being present at all times (still working on that one)
And meditation (starting to get a grasp of it)
The last one is one I’ve been working on for the longest and I’ve recently made some breakthroughs that I would like to share.
I’ve had a few people lately ask me about meditation.
Like how often you should do it, what you should get from it, and most importantly how the heck you actually do it.
I’m like you when I first thought about meditation, I thought it was a waste of time and was really only for those really spiritual people that wear white robes all day and chomp on granola for sustenance.
Then I started reading up on it and I saw all kinds of normal people turning to meditation to solve problems, find inner peace, and cut down on the brain chatter that is often found putting a damper on our dreams.
So I tried a few methods, most of them from the meditation gurus that said just basically sit quiet and let what comes to you, come to you.
I found that after a week or so of that, all I was really getting was a nap.
Don’t get me wrong Rip Van broseph, I like a good nap as much as the next guy, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled with just a nap so I went back to the drawing board and asked one of my mentors (yeah I have a few of them and you should too if you have any aspirations of living a more fulfilling life)
Jesse Elder is an ethical cult builder (think CrossFit or fitness tribe similar to a boot camp without the exercise) as well as an accomplished entrepreneur. He teaches many life skills related to self-empowerment and relationship building and he recommended a four-step process to meditation that I’ve been working on and have gotten some pretty decent success with so far.
There are 4 segments and each one is about 5 minutes for a 20-minute session.
You ready? Here we go:
1. Sit quietly
First, you find a space that’s quiet. You can lay down if you like, but if you’re sleepy, think about getting in an upright position.
Close your eyes and if necessary cover them so you can block out any stray light that can mess up your flow.
2. Be appreciative
This is kind of the fun part for me. Think about all the things you’ve accomplished over the past day, week, month, or a lifetime and show appreciation for them.
Appreciate the people that helped you, appreciate yourself for having the courage and strength to achieve what you have. This should put you in a positive mindset and get you ready to roll right into the next segment…
3. Open your mind to priming
This is where you start to think “what if?” Not in the judgemental, negative “what if I fail” or ” what if that goes wrong.”
Think more along the lines of what you CAN do. This is where you prime your mind to think in the realm of endless possibilities. You are now opening your mind. Rather than you just thinking of “I can’t” and maintaining a scarcity mindset, you open yourself up to having abundant thinking and letting your creativity run wild. This is where those light bulb moments come flying into your subconscious.
Now that you have those ideas floating around, it’s time to lock ’em in.
You might feel lighter or more present, but whatever you feel, you’ll feel great and have more clarity throughout your day.
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Ok so now that you have the skills necessary to meditate, I would like you to consider applying this technique to your own life.
As always, if you are looking for more in-depth knowledge and techniques on how to improve your life, contact me. Simple as that…
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Jerry ” Namaste” Washington
P.S. If you want to learn more about meditation, the best way is to try it. Reading about experiences can take you so far, practical application will help you see how it works in your own life. Talk soon…