You should meditate.
This could be the shortest post I’ll ever write because the conclusion is that simple. Remember the Rider and the Bull/Elephant that I discussed in post #47 - Blame The Bull? Remember how it seems like they're in a constant tug-of-war? Well, meditation helps them chill out and work together. Less drama, more progress.
But don’t take it from me. Here’s a Wikipedia quote that summarizes recent meditation research.
“In 2013, researchers at Johns Hopkins identified 47 studies that qualify as well-designed and therefore reliable. Based on these studies, they concluded that meditation appears to be as effective in treating some forms of anxiety and depression as antidepressant medication. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in early 2014.”
This quote focuses on treating anxiety and depression. But the page also discusses decreased worrying and increased overall happiness levels. I strongly suggest that you take the five minutes to read the entire page. It’ll help you understand what’s real and what’s BS.
After reading, I assume you'll be somewhat convinced that mindfulness meditation has value. But most of us still don’t like to do “weird” things. We want to let others go first. So here are some links to well known organizations that have latched onto meditation.
By now I’m sure you’re convinced you must meditate, so here is a brief how-to video. It does a nice job of pointing out that you don't have to wear goofy leotards or burn incense. If you prefer written instructions go to this page.
If you would prefer an entire book on the topic, here are two good ones you can start with…
Mindfulness: An 8 Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
(This one includes guided meditations that you can download to your phone and follow)
If you’re more into technology you can dive into meditation online or in an app by taking a look at Headspace.
If you still can't stand the idea of sitting with yourself, maybe Louis CK can push you over the edge with this video.
If all of this isn’t enough to convince you that meditation is the key to getting yourself into a mindset for self-exploration and growth, and if by now you aren't committed to doing it every single day - then you're an idiot.
By the way, I don't meditate.
I'm an idiot - and a hypocrite.
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