Imagine if you could always be happy. Imagine knowing no matter what happens—no matter how bad life gets, no matter how much pain and stress you go through—you could always come home at the end of the day and tap into a never-ending source of fulfillment, gratitude, creativity, and resilience.
That’s exactly what meditation is, what it does, and what it can feel like if you practice it on a daily basis. There are plenty of types of meditation out there. Mantra meditation involves repeating a certain word or phrase. Breathing meditation involves focusing on your breath. In guided meditation, an instructor guides you into a state of stillness.
No matter which type or style you choose to participate in, the purpose of all meditation is to free your mind—to free yourself from non stop thinking, anxiety, stress, and frustration percolating in through your brain. Meditation is a vehicle allowing you to pull yourself back from negative thoughts and negative feelings to reconnect with a beautiful and unbreakable state of joy that is your true nature.
As someone who has been a practitioner since 2013, I’ve been able to use meditation to bounce back from all sorts of setbacks, problems or tragedies over the past 4 years. No matter how negative or bleak the situation was, my response was always to pull myself aside for 20 minutes of stillness. Choosing to meditate not only evaporated the stress on my mind, but also gave me the clarity and creativity to figure out the best solution.
The beauty of it is it works consistently. There has not been a situation over the past 4 years that I have not been able to bounce back from or look back at as a blessing in disguise. It has brought me to a place in my life where nothing can faze me.
“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.” – Amit Ray
Becoming unbreakable and unfazed by the struggles of life sounds weird, yet it makes perfect sense when you realize tenacity is our default state of mind. As humans, we are naturally joyful, peaceful and creative. Meditation is a vehicle for reconnecting you with that default state of mind you got disconnected with as a kid.
If you look out at any playground or schoolyard in the world, you’ll see that children are full of limitless joy, smiles, happiness, creativity, energy, love, and confidence. But as we grow older, most people slowly get more and more disconnected from their true nature.
The reason meditation works is it reconnects us with who we really are. It provides a vehicle that allows us to tap back into our highest and best qualities.
When you look out at the vast numbers of people across the country and across the world that are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, and unfulfilled lives, this can be a very hard concept to wrap your head around. Nonetheless, it becomes very real when you look out at all of the results that millions of people across the globe have achieved through this beautiful practice. The proof lies in the results.
I myself have been able to remain sober from both drugs and alcohol for over 3 years and counting, wrote more than one book, started a blog, and found true fulfillment through doing this practice twice a day since 2013. And there are TONS of incredibly successful and high-achieving people out there who practice meditation—including Ray Dalio, Russell Simmons, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Seinfeld, Arianna Huffington, and many more!
These people are all proof that there is a wellspring of pure bliss, tenacity, strength, and resilience that resides within all of us. It’s not just within some people. It’s within everybody.
“Enjoy the time off from doing. Just be with yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey
Once you pick up the practice, you too will get to a place in your life where you feel like nothing can faze you. This is something that you can start doing right now. I want to end this blog post with some simple instructions from Russell Simmons’ Super Rich, the book that helped me get started:
“After sitting down and getting comfortable, the next step is to simply begin repeating your mantra. Since most of you reading this probably don’t have one yet, let me share a mantra that I’ve been taught and have found works well for novices: Rum.
Try not to think of it as a word, but rather as a vibration. ‘Ruuuuuuuuuuum.’ Say it loudly in your mind. Say it softly. Say it fast. Say it slow. Whisper it. Scream it. Fixate your mind on ‘Rum’ until that vibration fills up your being.
If you keep repeating ‘Rum’ for even just five minutes, you’ll feel yourself beginning to transcend the hundreds of frivolous thoughts that are cluttering your mind. Again, think of all those thoughts as waves on a stormy ocean. As the vibration of ‘Rum’ becomes stronger and stronger, soon the fluctuations of those waves will become smaller and smaller until your mind will be a calm, glassy sea. When those waves are gone, you’ll be entering a state of real stillness.”
Just a couple words of advice, if the above meditation exercise does not provide any results for you the first time around or if you don’t feel like it’s working for you, be patient. I didn’t get results the first time I tried it. And there are plenty of people around the world who don’t either. It takes patience and consistency.
Have you tried meditating? If so, let us know how it has gone for you by commenting below!
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How many times did you wake up feeling like you could conquer the world? You set ambitious goals for the day, you put on your best attire and walked out the door with a big smile on your face but eventually, life took over. Traffic, emails, work, family, and everything else you have around slowly but steadily started to drain your energy and made you feel exhausted.
You run out of battery, and the only solution that seemed viable was to rely on more caffeine. When that stopped working, all the temptations around you started to look much more appealing, and that sense of drive and commitment you had before slowly faded away. This is you running out of willpower.
Willpower: what is it? Why is it limited?
The American Psychology Association describes willpower as “the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.” In the book “The Willpower Instinct”, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, explains how every person’s willpower is limited, and slowly depletes throughout the day. The more “willpower challenges” you face, the quicker your reserve drains. Dr. McGonigal divided the different types of willpower challenges you might encounter in three categories:
- I will: We face this type of challenge whenever we should do something, but we simply don’t feel like getting it done right now.
- I won’t: We face this challenge when we try to resist temptation, or we try to keep cool in stressful situations.
- I want: This is a particular type of challenge where we keep track of our long term goals, dreams, and desires. In this instance, we feel like we should take action right now to come one step closer to the goal.
It’s easy to recognize it when you face a willpower challenge because you literally “feel it in your body.” Imagine being really hungry and walking in front of a bakery. The sight and the smell of pastries quickly triggers an “I won’t” type of challenge, and it takes a severe amount of effort and energy to walk away.
Every time you manage to win one of those challenges, a little bit of your willpower reserve gets used. The more challenges you face daily, the harder it will be to stay true to your goals.
Can you train or recharge your willpower?
A growing body of research suggests that willpower should be considered a muscle. To strengthen it, you should exercise it regularly, but you should not overwork it. Therefore, we shouldn’t try to “be good” at all times. Instead, we should learn how to relax and recharge our willpower.
The general advice on how to improve willpower involves sleep, proper nutrition, and regular exercise. This broad and general recommendation is often not downright applicable by most, because it consists of changing various daily habits. Luckily, three very effective hacks have been discovered, that have an immediate effect on our willpower and take just a few minutes to apply.
Here are the 3 ways to refill your willpower reserves:
1. Focused breathing
Breathing, when done correctly, can stimulate the release of calming hormones while reducing the release of stress hormones like cortisol and catecholamines. To make this effective, you should deeply and slowly inhale through the nose for at least five seconds. Fill your belly with air first, then your chest, and when there’s no more space for air, still try to do tiny inhalations through the nose.
You should feel a pulling sensation around your neck and trapezius muscles. Once your lungs are full, try to hold the breath for five seconds, then slowly exhale through the mouth for at least five seconds. If you repeat this process ten to twenty times, you should feel dramatically more relaxed. Use this method several times a day, especially when you’re experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety.
2. Reward yourself when you accomplish a micro goal
According to a recent study, frequent instant rewards can boost motivation, and therefore, willpower. Creating your own reward system can help you to accomplish your to-do list, and also resist temptations. Since every individual has different tastes, you should come up with creative ideas about the small and frequent rewards you will give yourself upon winning any willpower challenge.
You can see this hack in practice in Apps like the popular Duolinguo, where after completing each lesson you get presented with a chance to open a treasure chest. This rewarding system seems to keep the users much more likely to keep learning new lessons.
Your body has an autonomic response to cold water. Getting into a cold shower is a difficult (but minor) willpower challenge on its own. As I previously mentioned, winning a willpower challenge strengthens your willpower muscle. Having a morning cold shower, on top of having multiple health benefits, will set you up for a positive winning streak of further challenges.
High performance is the sum of many small habits. Successful people don’t have an unlimited reserve of willpower, but they do have a set of daily rituals that made them succeed. These three hacks are some of the most effective techniques to develop willpower, but some of them may not fit every individual. You should try to find the perfect mix of daily practices that best fits your lifestyle and likes, so that you can strengthen your willpower muscle and perform better at work.
3 Inspiring Lessons We Can Learn From Jim Carrey About the Law of Attraction
You’ve more than likely heard of Jim Carrey before. Over the years, he has starred in many popular films including The Truman Show, The Mask, and Bruce Almighty (just to name a few.)
But his personality goes a lot deeper than just his comedic persona and movie star charisma. In fact, Jim Carrey is probably one of the most philosophical individuals on the planet!
Although he isn’t in the spotlight as much anymore, throughout the years, he has credited his success and fortunes by applying the Law of attraction into his life. What’s even more inspiring is that Jim Carrey, like you and I, came from humble beginnings. No silver spoon or easy ticket. In fact, his family was very poor throughout his childhood. So what made him so successful in attracting such an extravagant and self-fulfilling life?
Here are 3 lessons you can learn from Jim Carrey when it comes to manifesting your dreams into a reality:
1. You Have To Take Action
“You can’t just visualize then go eat a sandwich”, Jim Carrey says. It goes without saying that the law of attraction does require action. You cannot simply rely on visualizing and expect to see results, especially when it comes to manifesting desires that other people would like to achieve also. E.g. Careers, scholarships, competitions, anything that involves another individual.
Visualization and positive thinking are crucial when it comes to using the law of attraction, but you have to meet the universe halfway with the steps you take as well. We are physical beings that require physical steps to get physical results. The real key is to make daily plans/goals in order to get you closer towards achieving your desires. So after that sandwich, make sure start taking action toward your dreams!
This could be working on your hobbies or passion, applying for that dream job or studying to get better grades. As long as you are moving toward your goals then there’s no reason why it can’t happen. So get out there and kick some butt.
2. Double Down On What You Love
“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that: You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
If this story of Jim Carrey’s father doesn’t pull on your heartstrings and inspire you at the same time, nothing else will! This is such an undeniable life lesson that everyone needs to learn. A lesson to take risks, push comfort zones and go all-in on what you love doing. So if your dreams, hobbies or goals seem far fetched to the majority, then you are already beating the other 99%.
Be that 1% that’s willing to dream big and rise above the norm. Unfortunately, in today’s society, our ancestral instincts still rule our everyday life. Fear is one of them and controls the majority of our population. It’s scary to push comfort zones and try something new, the thought of failure is often paralyzing to many. But my question to you is, will you look back one day and regret the chances you didn’t take?
3. Keep Your Eye On The Prize
“As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it, while letting go of how it comes to pass.” Holding onto every little detail when it comes to manifesting, can conjure up more harm than good. The reason is that the universe will deliver in ways you might not expect.
If you are too busy wondering when your desires will manifest, comparing yourself to others, or ignoring every sign that doesn’t look like your detailed plan you’ve written down, then you may be missing out on opportunities that are right in front of you! Your visualizations don’t have to be perfect, in fact, it’s better to just let go altogether and focus on the result itself rather than dwelling on every little detail. This doesn’t mean to simply forget about what you want but instead having the confidence it will happen in time.
An example of this is when Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for 30 million dollars. The only detail he knew was that he would earn it through his acting career, and he did indeed achieve this goal! So make sure to tell the universe what you want, but try not to hold onto every little detail!
Jim Carrey is just another person like you and me, with his own personal ups and downs in his road to success. He is someone to look up to when applying the law of attraction in your life too. It doesn’t matter if your goals or desires are different because the core foundation will always stay the same. You can and will do this if you think, feel and act as if it will happen!
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