So yeah, in case you were wondering, monks aren’t always monks. They start off like normal people just like you and me. The thing is that with practice they become a much different person. One who is not tied to possessions, can control his emotions, and even can encourage others to help along on the journey towards greatness.
You kinda have to wonder what is it that’s so powerful that can turn these normal people into, well…monks.
In a word, meditation.
But it’s not quite that simple…
Meditation Is The Easy Part
Everyone says meditation is hard, but it’s actually one of the easiest things you can do. All you have to do really is be still and breathe. Yeah! That’s it! That’s pretty much meditation.
The hard part, however, is being honest with yourself. Success first starts with honesty. You have to know exactly what you want. More importantly, you have to be honest with yourself about what you are going to be willing to do to get it.
Getting What You Want
Life’s not all about things, however, we as humans have a need for progress. If you are constantly doing the same thing and you aren’t challenged, studies have shown that you have a much higher probability of being diagnosed with depression.
It’s important to consider that we all need progress even if you aren’t necessarily after “stuff.”
So the way to progress is actually very interesting. It all depends on two, maybe three things.
Compassion, competence, and empathy.
Meditation is a powerful way to unleash compassion and self-control. It’s actually really simple. The more you meditate, the more you begin to understand who you really are.
The more you actually fall in love with yourself. You begin to have more confidence in your strengths and more compassion towards your faults. Meditation helps you to build competence because you will be more confident in your strengths.
Your compassion towards yourself will grow and it will also begin to affect other people. You will have a greater understanding of the fact that we all have faults and that we will are all just doing the best we can.
With your newfound compassion and empathy, you’ll begin to take charge of your life and people will begin to help you to achieve your goals. Why? Because of the aforementioned confidence, you will have that inevitable invoke trust amongst everyone you that you choose to be around.
It’s not exactly magic, but it’s more powerful than most people think. Many successful people like Oprah, Tony Robbins, Barack Obama, and Warren Buffett amid many others have sung the praises of having a good meditation routine.
I would highly encourage you to give it a shot if you haven’t already. And if you’re unsure of how to meditate, check out this post from a little while back. I’ve had quite a few people tell me it was helpful, maybe it might be of some service to you as well.
Jerry “monk magic” Washington
P.S. There was a recent study that showed that people that relied too much on willpower alone to try to achieve their goals reported to be more stressed and had a much more difficult time actually achieving their goals. Love is ALWAYS the answer. Love your faults just as much as you love your triumphs. Talk soon…