I’m a hyperactive/passionate type of person. It’s mean that it’s very difficult for me to do nothing and when I get into something, I get hard into it. For a long time, I’ve seeing meditation as a “doing nothing” kind of activity. So I’ve just removed it from my list of “possible” stuff to try.
“Meditation refers to a family of self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental well-being and development and/or specific capacities such as calm, clarity, and concentration”
But more and more during my travel I’ve met location independent entrepreneurs for who meditation was a part of their everyday routine.
And I had to admit that after the third entrepreneur saying to me; “you should meditate”, it’s slowly started to change my vision on the subject, and I’d get curious.
So I’ve started to read about it then eventually start to meditate myself.
(Disclaimer: Note that is it only my own vision. I’m not a “meditation” specialist, I just give you my honest point of view. Feel free to correct or add your own suggestions/taught on the subject in the comment section)
First, where meditation come from?
Well, apparently meditation come for the Hindu, long, long time ago. Then it’s growing, and grow more, and eventually, get included in some religions. Then psychology show-up, test, research, and we are at the present day.
I know it’s quick, but the important part of this post is my experience right ;).
I inviting you to go on Wikipedia if you want a more “complete” history of meditation.
So, medically speaking our good scientists and doctors find out that meditation (practiced on a regular basis) is super good for us.
What kind of benefits are we talking about?
Here some few:
- Reduces anxiety
- Builds self-confidence
- Increases serotonin which influences moods and behavior
- Enhances energy, strength, and vigor
- Help keep blood pressure normal
- Reduces stress and tension
- Creates a state of deep relaxation
- Increases concentration
- Strengthens the mind
- Help reduce heart disease
Sound good right?
If you looking on Google you can find articles with titles like: “24 differents meditation decrypted”. Well, this is way to much for me so I propose you to keep on 3 types that I think are the most actionable.
This one was my first one as I need a medium to focus or unfocus (depend on your point of view of meditation). I practiced this one every morning for a long time as a gentle weak up system with no particular goal or technics, my thoughts just floating around then going away as I getting more and more in a kind of global awareness.
This is the new super trending one and the one I use now. Started by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 this technique uses breath awareness and body scan.
Breath awareness is as simple as it sounds — you focus your attention on the inhalation and exhalation.Body scan is a process of focused attention on the physical body starting at the toes and working your way up with heightened awareness and the potential for release or relaxation of tension.
Body scan is a process of focused attention on the physical body starting at the toes and working your way up with heightened awareness and the potential for release or relaxation of tension.
Transcendental meditation works with a mantra that you repeat and repeat again until you getting into a deeper state of mind. The purpose is to avoid the pollution of thoughts that can come and go randomly. A lot of my fellow entrepreneur use this one.
PS: You can practice all those types of meditation yourself without a coach or a professor. You can also use a mobiles applications or a website to get “guided meditation”. Basically, someone voice telling you what to do.
For a long time, I was using only music with no guidance. Now I use mostly mindfulness meditation. 10min to 30min depending on the time I have. I found that focusing on your breath helping a lot to get ride off your thoughts and the body scanning (as I practice a martial arts pretty often) help me to get aware of injury’s that I can maybe had without noticed it.
I do not only meditate in the morning. Now I’m using mindfulness meditation all the time. As an online business owner, I have to manage differents projects and differents customers. Sometimes I’m getting over warmed by my work and I can use 10min of calm meditation to re-focus.
I also using it a lot before and after call conference. Before a call (all my call are 15min based no matter what), it helps me to clear my thoughts and to be more fluid as I’m speaking. After the call, it’s helping me to process all the conversation and noticed some facts that I have maybe missed.
As I love music I use tree applications for my meditation sessions. On is named “Ambiance“, it’s an old app with a very big catalog of loop sound that you can use for your session. The app also including a timer, so it’s even more convenientI’m also a big fan of
I”m also a big fan of Brain.fm. It’s a website where you can find bi-neural kind of music that can help you to focus, relax or sleep better. I find it useful as a complement of mindfulness breathing technic.
And finally, I have my Spotify playlist.
What do I actually get from meditation?
The benefice of meditation come very fast if you really consider to doing it on a regular basis. Start slowly, 5min to 10min session no more then rise the time up as you get more comfortable.
What I get from it is definitely to be way more focus on what I do. As I’m easily distracted, every time I feel the need to move away from my actual task, I take 10min mindfulness meditation and get back on track. It’s also really hard for me to fall asleep sometimes. Well, not anymore, 20min meditation before sleeping get me straight to Morphea arms.
Generally speaking, I’m more relaxed, more focused and I sleep much better. I can’t say it’s have changed my life but it definitely improved it in a very good way.
Now I’m very curious about your experience with meditation, let’s talk about it!