I started this morning in a really bad mood.
Within an hour of waking up, I was inundated by heavy, depressing news stories about a rise in COVID cases, confrontational political ads, and a few anxieties I’ve carried over from recent days and weeks.
Yes, this is the world and reality we live in. But how are we supposed to do good in the world if we’re internalizing sad or depressing issues we can’t always solve, and increasingly weighted down by them?
A morning like this is when I turn to an app called Headspace.
Headspace is a meditating app. I know. It sounds very woo woo. And BTW – I really dislike the term “meditation.” It sounds so unrelatable and irrelevant. Like it’s only for people who live in California and wear hemp clothes and compost.
Why am I talking about this. “Get back to SEO!” you might say.
But two summers ago, I read Tim Ferriss’ book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, that was a game changer. And I’m not someone who particularly likes Tim Ferriss. But I was so energized, inspired, and motivated throughout and after reading it. And across the board, the top theme that kept surfacing from the stories and interviews of amazing people, was the theme that quieting, training, and disciplining your mind, was key to success in this lifetime.
I have become a firm believer that we must rest the mind and sit in awareness of our unconscious thoughts. That we don’t have to accept every thought we have.
If you’re doing just fine and feel positive, self-motivated, and ready to take on the world, then carry on.
But if you’re tired. Or depressed. Or have decision fatigue. Or lonely. Or feeling helpless. Or that something is bothering you that you can’t put your finger on, then I urge you to join me in doing some form of slowing down the mind for a few minutes. The thing is:
- you think you don’t have time to stop for a few minutes
- you can’t understand why on earth this will help
If your shoulders feel heavy, then why not try this one thing. What do you have to lose? Take 1 minute, watch this video, and take one small step today to quiet your mind and get a little peace you may so desperately need.
Meditation, like SEO or playing tennis, is something you can’t read about. You have to do it for a few minutes, multiple times a week.
If you want to learn more, check out this page for beginners.
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