I have been meditating every day for 45 minutes, for the past 3 months.
And let me tell you – it’s fucking mind blowing.
I studied Zen Buddhism in high school (by myself – I read about 3 dozens books). When I was in Japan, I meditated in a temple. I also attended a “how to meditate” course in a Zen center in America.
Do you need to attend a meditation course to start meditation? No.
… but first …
What are the benefits of meditation?
1. Your worries, anxiety, hatred, envy, jealous, suffering and stress goes away.
2. Improvement of awareness. Why is awareness important? Because you get a richer experience of life – instead of being lost in thoughts, you enjoy what’s in front of you.
3. Politics, people, and external events don’t emotionally affect you. You’re happy, regardless of whatever is happening. Imagine feeling great – not because you got a new car or had great sex – but because you’re sitting on a floor and staring at a wall. Strange but true.
4. Reduced blood pressure, heart rates and better energy level.
5. Dissolving your ego. You’re no longer living in a world of “me, me, me!”. You woke up to the illusion of the ego. You can see that your identity (ego) is fictional, a make belief story.
What’s so bad about ego? Your ego causes suffering in your life. When you shatter the illusion of ego, you become free. Like a bird, you go through life without less suffering.
6. At the highest level, it’s enlightenment. You discover the true nature of reality – this “oneness”. I have not reached enlightenment but hopefully soon.
How to sit and meditate
You can sit in different poses, depending on your preference.
1. Keep your back straight
2. Keep your head straight (head not too tilted down or up, otherwise your neck will hurt)
3. Learn the proper hand formation – you want to create a “half moon” with your hands on your lap.
4. Just breath in and out.
Okay, you’re sitting down and meditating, now what? What are you supposed to do?
… nothing. Just sit, look at the wall and breath.
For a beginner, try sitting for 10 minutes. It’s fucking hard, simply because when you first start your meditation practice, your mind will run amok.
Your ego will tell you “this is fucking stupid, stop wasting time”, “my back hurts, can I get up now?”, “wow, this is definitely stupid. Time to watch some TV.”
I want you to become aware of your thoughts. Become aware of your thoughts coming and going. There is no substance behind your thoughts. You start to notice that your thoughts are like clouds in the sky, coming and going.
Your mind that keeps thinking relentlessly is called the “monkey mind” and it chatters constantly. Interestingly, when you observe your mind – just be aware – then your mind begins to naturally silence itself. You don’t need to concentrate or “push” thoughts away. Just become aware of your thoughts, that is enough.
I didn’t tell you this but recently I was in Asia for 3 months (vacation). There, I meditated at the temple every day for 45 minutes. Every day, for 3 months: I meditated when it was hot and humid; I meditated when it was raining. Sunday or Wednesday, it doesn’t matter – I was there. In total, I meditated for 67.5 hours.
… and you know what? I will continue to meditate every day for 45 minutes until I die.
Nowadays, I feel emotionally free. There is no bottled up emotions. I don’t feel bothered by “bad people”, mainstream culture and politics, or any other bullshit that life throws at me because my ego dissolved.
If you’re not meditating, your missing out on life.
It’s a paradox – what’s so great about sitting on the floor and staring at the wall? Meditation is training: it trains your mind to become more aware of what is in front of you, this present moment. This present moment is all you got.
Meditation books I highly recommend:
- “Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware, Right Now, Every Day” by Steve Hagen
- “The Three Pillars of Zen” by Roshi Philip Kapleau
- “Nothing Special: Living Zen” by Charlotte J. Beck
These books are profound. I read “The Three Pillars of Zen” 5 times and every time I read it, I get new “that is profound!” moments.
You can read the books for free on http://bookzz.org (you got an e-reader, right?)
Start meditating today and have a daily habit of it. Start off with 10 minutes per day and slowly increase it to 45 minutes. If you’re not meditating, you’re missing out on life. Meditating is as joyful as sex!
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