Meditation Has Played a Key Role In My Overall Happiness
How Meditation Helped Me Progress
I meditate for just 15 minutes every single morning around 10-20 minutes after I wake up. I’ve been doing this ever since I had heavy bouts of health anxiety (which you can read about here). Obviously, you hear about it through the grape vine “meditations great for mental health” or “meditation reduces anxiety” but some people never really take it into enough consideration.
Once I started to meditate, I started to realise that the benefits did not just stop at a reduction in mental health problems… I was more motivated and focused. I started to realise that I have just as much chance at achieving success as anyone else. Meditation helped me believe in myself and visualise myself being the man I wanted to be.
How Meditation Helped My Mental Health
I mentioned meditation for anxiety in my article covering 15 steps I used to reduce anxiety and depression in my article here. It was a seriously fundamental part of the process to achieve my current healthy state of mind.
In one of the meditation techniques I used specifically to reduce my anxieties, I would sit silently in a chair, back straight – no slouching, feet flat on the floor. I would close my eyes and the worried thoughts would enter. At first this was overwhelming – how could I compete with all these self-sabotaging thoughts? The trick is to look at them objectively. They are not YOU. They are only YOU once you FOCUS on the thoughts. Notice from now that thoughts come into your mind due to happiness and sadness, faith and fear, peace and anger etc. You can turn ANY thought that crosses your mind into that of its opposite.
For example, let’s say you have a worrying thought about a debt you owe and it has to be paid off by a certain date. You can either worry about that debt which will in-turn not actually resolve the problem with the debt, however it will make you FEEL worse about the problem. The problem is there whether you worry or not. Instead of applying worry, start focusing on what you CAN control around the problem itself. Can you get any extra money in? If you can’t then what would not paying off this debt actually do to you as a person? Would you lose your home? How would that affect you and what can you do about it? Is it life-threatening? Have you got a friend or relative that can lend you a bed? The point I’m trying to make is, if you worry it won’t make the problem any better, but if you apply questions to the problem about things you can control then you can look at it as an external party.
I remember one day I didn’t meditate because I actually had that much of a busy morning and I was late to see someone so I said to myself I’d do it that night (but forgot). The next day I did the SAME thing and felt completely stressed for most of the day. I didn’t understand why until half way through the day I remembered I hadn’t meditated for 2 mornings! I vowed to never again miss a meditation session.
Meditation For Progression and Goals
These days I use meditation not only to calm my mind, but I also use it to help me on my path of progression. I simply use it to help me overcome problems within my business and think of new ideas within the areas of health, cooking, sport and wealth.
A technique called visualising is used by many successful people. Once you can SEE yourself achieving your goal, you are not only more likely to take action, but you are also more likely to actually achieve that particular goal.
So the same scenario would apply – I would sit down in exactly the same way and fall into a deep meditation. Once there, I visualise my goals being completed – who’s there with me, where I am, what everyone’s saying, how it makes me FEEL to have achieved the goal. It is emotion that drives us on our path to success, so using feeling within your visualisation will make you want to take action to achieve the goal. This is how I use meditation to motivate me and to help me progress in all areas of life.
I started applying mindfulness meditation in conjunction with my normal meditations when I had my anxiety issues. It seemed to really help with the stresses and worries.
What is mindfulness meditation? Mindfulness meditation can be used whilst meditating normally or you can use it in your everyday life.
When you are using it through normal meditation you would focus on your breath as much as possible and once your thoughts wander you try to focus your thoughts back to your breath.
Within everyday life you would try to focus on the current moment. If your thoughts wander then you would, again, try to focus your mind back to the current moment. This is known as “living in the now”.
There is an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book called “The Miracle of Mindfulness” that I believe explains it best:
“If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were
a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”
I would recommend this book highly to ANYONE that wants to learn about mindfulness meditation. If you would like to buy it click the following image:
If you are looking to heal yourself of anxiety or depression, I would seriously consider meditation and mindfulness meditation.
As stated above you can also use meditation to help you progress in all areas of you life. Adding meditation to your routine will not only help you progress through visualisation but it could help you through problematic issues regarding your career or finances.