Two questions with two simple answers.
Many people meditate these days, but many more don’t. Some find it weird or daunting, others have the usual excuse — no time.
I’ve been guilty of the latter during the last couple of years, but I’ve managed to get myself back into my mediation mode and it’s helped me a lot recently.
In 2018 I took a mediation teacher training class in Bali, making me a Certified Balinese Meditation Teacher. I was really into it at the time and super happy I took the course.
I had a great teacher, Guru Made Sumantra, from Ubud in Bali — it was a wonderfully enlightening experience.
However, work, stress and family issues caused me to slip and neglect my routine for quite some time. As a result, stress got the better of me, which is why I turned back to meditating.
I’m very grateful I did, as moving to two different countries and getting started from scratch (again)during the last 3 months, was challenging, to say the least.
I battled on with my plans, life/work passions, stayed the course and things have now worked out and I’m back on a positive and fruitful path.
To be honest, I don’t think I would have made it to the next level where I am now in Cambodia without practicing meditation again.
Thankfully, Cambodia is a super easy-going and open country. Meaning, foreigners can easily become residents, obtain a work permit, get a job or work freelance. And it’s not expensive to do.
All of the above are very difficult and costly in most other Southeast Asian countries.
The point I’m getting to is that no matter where I’ve lived or traveled to, there are a lot of angry people around. You can see them in person, and if you dare to, you’ll see a whole bunch more on social media.
The social media anger pandemic is a biggie. I mention it quite frequently as I post a lot of my work there. I get tons of lovely comments and thanks, but often enough, you’ll catch an angry bird and make them madder!
Mad at what? You, the world, but probably mostly themselves.
This is where meditation would come in as a great problem solver for many of these folks — to slow down, calm down, think before speaking, and to be kinder to others. Do you agree?
I believe it would be a great idea to introduce meditation at the middle school level. Hell let’s face it, tons of kids at that age are either angry, confused or both.
Mediation lessons would certainly help them calm down, look deeper into themselves, be kinder to others and build their self-confidence.
Meditation doesn’t have to be at all spiritual nor need there be any religion involved.
If all of us adults would take some time to meditate and calm ourselves, surely there would be a whole lot less anger and conflict in daily life?
That goes for family, business, friends and the simple everyday daily life encounters and challenges we all face.
Try to carve out 10 to 20 minutes of time in your day and evening to sit quietly, breathe deeply, and think about nothing but your inner harmony.
Over a few weeks, this practice creates a much calmer, more focused, balanced, less stressed and more positive you.
Follow Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington, two great believers and teachers of meditation. Did you know that Kobe Bryant was also deeply into meditation?
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