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For my entire life whenever I heard the word “meditation” I immediately dismissed it.
A picture of a hippie chanting “OOOOOM” popped into my mind every single time.
I eventually began to shift my view after I learned Oprah Winfrey, Ray Dalio, meditated and praised it highly for their success.
I thought meditation was something you did to relax like taking a pill or going for a walk.
I was far from the truth. I began my meditation journey on a bus October 29th, 2016. I downloaded the Headspace app…put on my headphones..closed my eyes and followed the instructions.
I opened my eyes 10 minutes later…and everything was different. I didn’t know how to describe it or but things were just different...
I don’t have any science to describe this but anecdotally speaking…I believe my attention muscle was refocused and shifted.
For the first time in my life, it felt like I was seeing things through a different lens. I was able to focus in on conversations and my surroundings a bit more instead of being stuck in my head all day.
I consider October 29th, 2016 the first day of my consciously aware life. I continued my 10-15 minute meditation practice every single day from then on out. I missed a day here and there because I am still human. Here’s where things get interesting.
Within only one week…the foundation of my entire internal world started shifting. I couldn’t articulate this at the time but I actually became MORE pissed and angry. It felt like the life I had created for 18 years was melting away.
It felt like I was on the run from something. Luckily, at the time I didn’t understand the concept of self-development..because it felt like I was getting worse, not better.
After another week I had a spiritual transformational experience in my life. It was a moment where I surrendered to myself…and understood that reality is a reflection of the exact decisions, choices, and effort I had ever made.
What I learned was…
Your Life = Subject (you) x Environment
Which means if you close your eyes and focus on your breath, in the present moment you are essentially creating your own environment and allowing a deep submersion of who you really are.
My meditation practice has been the foundation of my existence. Every morning I meditate for 20-30 minutes and 5-10 minutes at night. I view mindfulness meditation as an exponential meta-skill that improves every single thing you do.
Meditation isn't something you necessarily do to become unstressed. You meditate to find out why you're stressed.
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