I know the title is a double negative but it gets the point across. For some reason we think that there is a specific way to meditate, but there is not. Just like most things meditation is what works for you, so do it the way that makes you feel the best.
What is Meditation?
“Meditation is simply a reset or calming of the brain.”
Did you know that you have to restart your phones and tablets to keep them running at peak performance? Restarting these devices kicks out the garbage that has been building up. It resets the cache in computer speak.
Your brain needs the same thing. Of course we can’t completely shut it down and restart it but we can get rid of some garbage. Meditating does this.
If you are like me you get a lot of different thoughts in your brain all the time. That little voice continually tries to speak to you and tell you things. Your ideas come one right after another. You play all kinds of different scenarios in your brain for every action you take.
Take a moment to get rid of all of that garbage.
The trick of course is to find what works for you to do this. What works best for me is playing Goalie and playing Golf. Both are highly mental games and it serves to distract my brain. Everytime I let up a bad goal, or hit a bad shot, it is because I am not concentrating on the task at hand.
When I am concentrating only on Hockey or Golf the rest of the garbage goes away. Not only am I physically refreshed after playing but I am also mentally refreshed. I feel great.
So what do I do when I am not playing sports? I like to do one of two things:
- I sit cross legged on a pillow with my back against a wall. Totally not like a monk but It is more comfortable for me and I can concentrate on not concentrating.
- I take a power walk, Tony Robbins calls them the Hour of Power. I put on a mix of inspirational speeches and music, I zone out, and I charge ahead.
Now the natural question is what does my brain do?
Sometimes I am completely zoned especially playing goalie. Sometimes my brain wanders off into its own world, this is OK also.
When your brain wonders, or when you can’t get a thought out of your brain then let it be, leave it alone, let your brain get it out. DO NOT SUPPRESS IT.
One of my personal gurus tells me to release the thought. To me it means that you have to let your brain have the thought and then let it go. Doing this gives you a release which is what we are looking for. It is resetting your brain cache.
When I am playing my best golf I am not thinking about my swing, the wind, the best angle of attack, the pebble in my shoe, what I have to pick up at the grocery store on the way home, what trade I am going to make next, how to improve the test data at whatever school I am working at, my wife, my two daughters, what the Lions are going to do in the offseason, what the Titans are going to do during the season, my next great business idea, the weather….I know you already got board with that but I wanted you to know my brain is just like yours, it is normal.
When I am at my best at anything I am only concentrating at the task at hand. Meditation helps you do that. There is no right or wrong way to do it. There is only the way that works best for you.
Find a hobby, find a quiet place, do yoga, tai-chi, golf, walk, watch a movie, whatever works to get your brain to a place that you can focus at the task at hand. This will increase your productivity which will increase the time that you can do what you love and live life on purpose.