We live in an incredibly busy world. The pace of life is always frantic. Our minds always busy and we’re always doing something. With that in mind I’d like to take a moment to think back to when was the last time you took any time to do nothing for 10 minutes? And when I say nothing, I mean no internet, no TV, no chatting. Not even sitting and reminiscing about the past or planning for the future.
Simply. Doing. Nothing.
Our minds are most valuable and precious resource through which we experience every single moment of our life.We rely upon the mind to be happy, content, emotionally stable as individuals and at the same time to be kind and thoughtful and considerate in our relationships with others. This is the same mind that we depend upon to focus, be creative.
One that allows us to be spontaneous and to perform at our very best in everything that we do. And yet we don’t take any time out to look after it. We spend more time looking after our clothes, cars, mobile phones. The result, of course, is that we get stressed.
You know, the mind becomes like this washing machine going round and round. There is a lot of difficult confusing emotions and we don’t know how to deal with that. In fact, we are often so distracted that we no longer live in the present moment. We miss out on the things that are the most important to us. The crazy thing is that everybody assumes that’s the way it supposed to be. Here and now became very much an underrated thing, as we are constantly focused on getting to the future.
There was a research paper that came out of Harvard. It says that we lost in our minds 47% of the time on average. Paradoxically, the constant mind wondering is the direct cause of unhappiness. This means that we spend almost half of our lives being quite unhappy, which is quite tragic. Fortunately, there is something we can do about it.
This technique allows our mind to be more healthy, more mindful, and less distracted. It is… yes you guessed it, meditation. It is all about stepping back. Instead of doing you just allow yourself to be as you are.
Check out a guide on how to meditate here.
I will be writing more in depth about this subject on Menprovement as well. All I can tell you for now that after implementing meditation in my life, I became much more focused and balanced.
For the more in depth guide, check the video below!