Many people think that meditation is about “achieving enlightenment” or that it’s used to recreate the effects of hallucinogenic drugs…
…and many think meditation is a practice related to various religions…
Although it can be all of those things, meditation is all about practicing control over your thoughts.
At the core, meditation is an ancient practice used by billions of people around the world that’s used to focus your thoughts and clear your mind…
In our busy world, it’s often hard to control our thoughts…
Reacting to our environments is often the case, and when you’re reacting, you don’t have control… When you discover how to successfully practice the ancient art of meditation, you can take back control in your day-to-day life and calm your mind…
I’ve been using meditation for years to improve my overall calm and general well-being, and I want you to be able to do the same things…
It’s not hard, as long as you learn from someone that knows what they’re doing…
Ready to start living a calmer, more focused life? Then get started!
Do you ever get the feeling like you’re constantly putting out fires? Like life is one massive struggle to stay afloat?
Do you come home from work feeling tired and stressed and without the energy to do anything other than collapse in front of the TV?
Do you always feel like you’re just not quite as happy as you think you could be/should be? Read more.
When we think of taking control of our minds and finding calm in a busy and hectic world, many of us will instantly think of meditation.
Meditation is an ancient practice that is used by billions of people around the world and that has been practiced for centuries. Now scientists and researchers are starting to decode it’s many benefits but nevertheless, it’s still very understood by a great number of people.
Let’s take a closer look at meditation, how it can help us and how you should get started. Read more.
So that’s the general concept of meditation. The next question is: how do you start adopting it into your routine and making it a part of your life?
Because this is the part a lot of people will struggle with. In fact, there’s a better than average chance that you’ve already tried to get into the habit of meditating, only to find yourself giving up quickly because ‘nothing is happening’.
This time, we’re going to get it right. Read more.
There is no ‘end goal’ in meditation but one vague aim is to get good enough at meditating that you can eventually clear your mind or detach from your thoughts at will.
This way, you can then prevent yourself from being distracted by unwanted thoughts whenever you want to be.
I like to call this ‘bubble time’. Bubble Time is the name for the small ‘segments’ of time I give myself throughout the day when I can be completely relaxed.
Imagine that you have a very stressful day and you’ve been working hard through a massive to-do list. You need to make lots of calls, manage your work team and just generally deal with a lot of fires. Plus you have a date tonight with someone that you think will be awkward and you have pressing, on-going money concerns. Sound familiar? Read more.
In the first half of this book, we’ve learned how to use meditation and how to start introducing it gently into our lives. Now you have the ability to focus at will, to stop feeling stressed and to actually control how you feel and what you want to think about. This is an incredibly power because it means that you can choose to actually live in the moment and you can choose what’s important to you and how you want to feel.
But what if I told you that this isn’t just about ‘happiness’? What if I told you that this is also about getting the very most out of yourself. What if I told you that the things you’ve just learned could help you to tap into your full potential and to become almost superhuman?
Do I have your attention?
Welcome to ‘flow states’. Read more.
So the best type of mental state is the one that lets you switch to other mental states at will. Our aim is to be in control of our brains and our thoughts and to be able to switch from one state of mind to another with ease.
In other words? All types of thought and all types of mental state are important, valid and helpful.
What is that one? It’s the one where you’re just incredibly distracted by all the constant demands being placed on you.
And this is where the ‘modern ache’ starts to come in. Read more.
Now you should be starting to get a better understanding of how your brain works, how all those distractions are negatively affecting it and how you can use meditation and ‘flow’ in order to start taking back control.
But you can go further with this and start engaging in whatever brain state you want at any given time. In order to do this, we’re going to be looking at something called ‘CBT’ or ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’.
So exactly what is this? Read more.
The previous techniques might sound quite simple but this is some of the most powerful stuff you will perhaps ever learn. This is all about being more aware of your own mind and once again, taking control of that in order to change the way you want to think and feel.
You can use CBT to overcome any phobia or any problem. If you’re afraid of heights, assess why and then start to address those fears and to reprogram the way you think about them.
Likewise, if you find that you’re not great at meeting women/men, you can likely practice in your mind and force yourself to face those fears. Read more.
And there you have it – with that you now know the most powerful and important tools available to you to take back control of your mind. Read more.