I have some really good news;
You can re-wire your brain to become a happier person and it’s really, really easy!
Now, let me tell you what to do, step by step.
Step 1: Do nothing
Step 2: Keep doing nothing
Step 3: Be happier
It’s that easy!
They call it…
Why is doing nothing so hard?
Maybe it’s because we have schedules that are “too busy”. Maybe it’s because we get addicted to completing tasks. Maybe it’s because we are made to believe that we are lazy if we aren’t being productive… Whatever the reason you don’t make time to meditate might be the same reason you are not feeling exuberant today.
Meditation has shown to
- Help focus
- Lessen anxiety
- Better memory recall
- Boosts creativity
- Increases compassion and empathy
- Produces more grey matter in the brain (leading you better able to make decisions, process thoughts, and evaluate rewards/consequences)
Meditation can be intimidating. Many people when they start think that they don’t know how or that they are doing it wrong. The good thing about it is that you can’t do it wrong.
Take 2 minutes
Sit or lay down anywhere you want, however you want. Whatever is comfortable for you.
Take a breath in and let it out. Keep your eyes open, or if it is more comfortable, close them.
Now feel. Feel what it feels like to be alive. Feel your blood running through your veins, feel what it feels like to have oxygen in your lungs and what it feels like to blow it out.
If thoughts come in to your head, that is fine. Meditation doesn’t mean that you are free of thoughts necessarily. Let go of trying to block your thoughts, let the thoughts come but let go of attachment to them. Witness them. Wrap them up in shiny air balloons and watch them float into the sky.
Feel your heart beating. Where can you feel it? In your chest, in your arms, in your toes? Notice without judgement….
Towards the end of your meditation, wiggle your toes, do some micro movements in your body to come back to reality.
Go on with your day more focused and more able to take in information and respond calmly and creatively.
Meditating even for a short amount of time has an effect on your entire body and mind. It’s anything but a waist of time and it will make you a more productive person afterwards.
I challenge you to try to meditate for 2 minutes each day for the next week if you’ve never done it.
Unlike anything else that promises the effects that meditation offers, with meditation there is no come down, no side effects and no cost. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Let me know how it goes.
More on this topic to come.