Understatement time: meditation is good for you. I keep browsing the literature, trying to find something that meditation doesn’t do for you.
If there’s something that uses your brain – and what doesn’t? – then meditation is useful.
But not everyone finds it easy.
If you’re looking to improve your mind, then here’s my challenge for you:
Meditate 40 times a day.
That’s only about three times an hour for 14 hours – easy, right?
Now, you might object to that.
Learning to completely clear your mind takes time.
It’s a skill like any other.
It takes practice.
Even when you’re able to do it, the process of emptying your thoughts is just that: a process. You can’t flip a switch to shut down your inner dialogue. It’s like slowly turning down the volume on all objections, criticisms and distractions.
In other words, it takes time.
But that’s if you’re aiming for a full-blown meditative state.
If you’re looking for a stronger mind, I recommend learning how to do that. I also recommend taking a different approach.
Because if you’re meditating several times an hour, every hour, then you’re not going to have time for that.
But that’s okay – meditation isn’t a binary state.
How much could you move towards the meditative state in, say, 20 seconds?
(Because to meditate 40 times in a day, you couldn’t spend longer than that…)
If you did that, you’d have to drop your standards about what meditation is.
Even a small step in the right direction would could as a win.
And what do you think that would do for you?
Wouldn’t it make meditation – the “proper”, longer variety – easier? If you could begin to meditate in seconds, how much more effective would that make you?
It’s like training the meditation muscle in your mind – small loads often, with bigger loads every now and then.
You might not even know what the full mental experience should feel like. It’s hard to describe, so few folk do before they find themselves in it.
Having said that, you can definitely get just a little more meditative than this.
But more than that…
How useful would it be being able to enter this state in a few seconds?
Because even if you could only relax “a little”… isn’t that wildly better than the alternative?
It’s a worthwhile skill in itself, even if you did nothing else with it.
So why not give it a try right now? Then come back 30 seconds later and get on with whatever you need to.
You can begin that simple self-improvement technique now.
And enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
If you really want to take your mind to new places? To improve more you dreamed possible?
You might want to read about this mind training program: