If you struggle with meditation, there’s a good chance that this advice will help you. I’m not much of a gambler but I’d put money on it. It’s something that every meditator experiences and, for many of them, it’s their last experience.
Meditation is like anything else: some days are easier than others. Sure, some of you are naturals. And, yes, if your practice, it does become easier. But no matter how much experience you have, there are days where your thoughts loop and you can’t let go.
It’s tough. I know how bad it is – thanks to my obsessive personality, I’m probably poorly suited for meditation. It’s something I’ve had to tame, channel and overcome.
This is good news for you.
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There are things in your body and mind that you can control. You can move your arms, speak and think about your to-do list. Then there are things that are harder to control. Your heartbeat, buried memories and emotions are a few examples.
Where does creating art sit in this model?
Do you consciously control every step of the process?
Or do you let the creation emerge?
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With mindfulness meditation, you have choices. You can focus on breathing, your body, your thoughts, your emotions, your senses…
Basically, you can choose anything and focus on that. As long as you are present and free from judgement, it’ll work.
It’s like having a buffet for the mind. Should you sample from each of them, loading up your plate until it groans under the weight? Or should you focus on one appealing dish and forget the rest?
I suppose it depends on what you’re trying to do.
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When looking at emotions, you can treat them the same way you treat thoughts. You can accept them, dissociate from them or let them pass.
But what if you don’t want to let go of old emotions? What if you want to add something new?
Mindfulness meditation is great for clearing out the garbage in your mind. Strange as it sounds, it’s a tool of destruction. It clears the way for other things to blossom.
There is a tool of creation within meditation, though.
Something powerful enough to block the garbage in the first place.
People who master this technique are… different. I’m not one of them (yet – I’m working on it) but you can spot them from across the room. They are intense, in a warm and loving way. When they speak, every word seems loaded with wisdom and benign energy.
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There’s something that most meditation coaches know but few will tell you. I’m not sure what motivates them to keep it to themselves. Maybe they think it tarnishes the meditation brand. Perhaps they don’t know how to deal with it. I’m sure a few of them see it as “part of the experience.”
This problem is certainly not a beautiful part of the process. It’s easily manageable. And if you don’t handle it properly, it can undo all the benefits you gained from meditation.
And then some.
So, what’s the danger in meditating?
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Your career matters. Whether you work part-time or full-time, for yourself or others, in an office or on the move, it’s a huge part of your life. It takes enormous amounts of time and energy. If your job is the right fit, then that investment rewards you.
And you know that I don’t just mean financially.
That’s why it pays, so to speak, to get this part of your life right. Your career is your gift to the world (and the world’s gift to you). It’s your legacy, your claim to fame and, for many of you, your identity.
So, I hope it’s a good one.
But what do you do if it’s not?
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There’s a secret mantra, exchanged in dark halls, old monasteries and the quiet corners of the internet. This simple set of words isn’t magic but it might as well be. Saying them to yourself transforms your mental state for the better.
If you’re in meditation, this short sentence will take you even deeper inside.
Or if you’re just walking around, it releases emotions and thoughts.
Write this mantra down and practice it. This exercise is one of the best upgrades to your mind.
Are you ready?
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Your unconscious mind is always on and listening. It tracks the billions of bits of information coming from your body and the environment. It loves complexity and ambiguity, as it’s the finest pattern-finding machine on the planet.
As for your conscious mind, not so much. You can only focus on a couple of things at a time. It’s like an eccentric genius locked in an ivory tower – it misses most of what’s happening out there but, what it does notice, it thinks about deeply.
A hypnotic trance is your brain’s way of surrendering conscious control to your unconscious. There are certain things you just want to do, rather than think about.
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If you’ve heard all the benefits of self-hypnosis, then you might be intrigued. Some people describe it as being like meditation, only easier, more flexible and more fun. Others describe it as a gateway to your inner mind – one that you can step through at any time.
From there, your altered state of consciousness gives you freedom. Improving your way of thinking is so much easier in this state than out of it. You can defuse habits, rather than fighting to change them with willpower. You can navigate your mental landscape to find the roots of your issues.
Or maybe you simply want to relax, recharge and focus.
Self-hypnosis is simple and natural. You drop yourself in and out of the trance state all day. And that’s part of the challenge. Like a fish that doesn’t know what water is, most people experience trance and write it off as ‘normal’.
It is normal, true. It also happens to be useful.
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Hypnosis and marketing have a lot in common. Both have formulas to guide the process. Both transcend these formulas – they are useful guides but, if you follow them blindly, it leads to disaster.
The PCAT formula underlies all hypnotic change:
You start with the Problem/Parameters, so that people have what they want in mind.
Then you bypass the Critical factor – a fancy way of saying you put them in a trance.
When they are in tune with their unconscious mind, you Activate inner resources.
Finally, you Transform them by applying the resources to the change. Then you Test to make sure it stuck.
If you followed that rigidly like a script, then you’d struggle to hypnotise anyone. If you use it as a framework to build upon, then everything flows like magic.
In copywriting – whether it’s email, sales letters or social media – there’s another formula: AIDA.
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