There have been countless studies done on meditation which prove, or disprove, perceived or reported benefits.
In my own personal experience with it after almost a year of experimentation I’ve found a specific, concrete benefit to it that can be measured.
As far as the how to of meditation there are countless articles on how to get started, but for myself I simply do the following:
- Sit someplace comfortable, I find my car works well
- Close your eyes
- Keep your attention 100% focused on your breathing
- Count your breaths up to a number ( such as 100 )
I really like this method because it’s easy to learn, but difficult to master. Even to this day I find my mind wandering from focusing on breathing to other things.
This wandering, however, is the benefit of this technique.
Helping The Important Stuff Surface
The real beauty here of forcing your mind to focus on something as menial as breathing makes it want to wander. Inevitably things will surface, and you will find yourself distracted from your breathing.
And out of all the millions of things your mind could be thinking of, it chooses specific things to wander to.
When we’re busy and dealing with the day, it’s really easy to fall behind on what’s important. Our mind gets flooded with urgent things. Things like “I have to send this email”, “I have to go get the kids”, “I have to finish this report”.
These things are urgent in the moment, but ultimately don’t impact your goals in any meaningful way. They drown out what’s truly important.
Taking time to meditate silences your mind for a minute, and slowly these important things can begin to resurface. When they do, immediately write them in your journal. This can be done in relation to a specific project or as part of your backburner.
Try It Yourself
Find someplace quiet, sit, and try to focus only on getting 50 breaths in without your mind wandering.
It’s nearly impossible, especially if you’re new to meditation, but it is also a learned skill. I’ve found I’ve gotten better over time. I have no doubt that you can too.
But, things that pop into your mind in this state are likely things that are important to you, and are worth writing down.
Keeping a quick, bulleted list of actionable items is the best way. Snap out of it, write it down, then get right back to counting your breaths. After your meditation you can look over your list in more detail.
That about does it for today’s post. It’s a simple thing to do but when practiced it can really help you find direction with your journal and what you want to accomplish.