We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle
This is the 5th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.
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How Meditation Can Help Us
This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement. Tomas writes:
“I’ve been meditating inconsistently for over a year now, inconsistently meaning I’d meditate 5 times a week, other weeks only once or twice. However, after spending 10 days in silence in the mountains of Northern Thailand I am meditating at least 5 times a week, for at least 15 minutes. It really helps me to calm down, accept the things happening in my life, get in peace with the present moment, become more grateful and relaxed.
“Mindfulness and meditation may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davis”.
Like Tomas I have tried meditation but must admit I have not done it consistently and found it very challenging. My brain is so busy it is very difficult to shut down the internal chatter enough to meditate.
There is no doubt that a regular meditation practice can be very helpful. There are a number of studies on this in addition to the UC Davis study cited above.
I am setting a new goal to meditate at least five days a week. You might consider joining me in this experiment. Let’s find out what benefits we might gain from regular meditation.
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.