Meditation is Trending and It's Ironically About Time
We live in a noisy world.
The average human being spends close to 5 hours a day on their phones.
Emails, advertisements, TV shows and other messaging means a human being gets hit with 1,000 signals a day, at minimum.
So what's the solution?
We learn to listen....to ourselves.
I'm not talking about therapy (although I think we'll all need that too)...I'm simply talking (ironically) about taking time for one's self.
Silence is the Hidden Superpower
If you're under 40, chances are you're about the concerts, the fancy vacations, pubs and clubs and rocking out on Instagram.
I get it.
However, if you do what everybody else is doing you're bound to be pretty much everybody else.
The Thailand vacations, Coachella, the house on the hill and the job we learn to like and then hate.
I'm not saying a person shouldn't do those things. Enjoy them and embrace them.
But at the same time, learn to take 5 minutes a day.
To do what?
Yes, you heard me.
I want you to do nothing.
No phone, no laptop, no fidget spinners.
Just sit on the couch and stare at the wall.
Ok, you can use your phone as a timer, but keep it out of sight, out of mind.
Mediation Isn't Spiritual or Religious
Phil Jackson made his players and Michael Jordan meditate before games.
NFL athletes and elite businessmen (Hey Elon!) all praise the simplest of tasks...doing nothing and sitting by yourself.
Meditation gets a bad rap because people think they're going to get converted into a cult or be some hippie.
Sure, those people might meditate. But they also drink, eat the same food you do and probably watch the same shows.
There's a lot more I could go into, but all I ask you as we start 2020...is to simply take time for the self.
Try Headspace or Waking Up (they're apps that'll feel less corny) and then can ditch those after the free stuff is up.
Long story shirt, learn to sit quietly in the airplane or sofa for five minutes a day.
I can't say what it will do in the long run...whether better sleep, relationship or diet.
But I can guarantee...it will do something.
Happy doing nothing!