It actually works.
It seems a strange activity. Unnatural. This put me off meditation for years- it just doesn’t seem like something we’re designed to do.
Yet that’s the point.
To explain what I mean let’s turn to the biggest cliche in psychology- we are not built for 21st century life. We’re built for the simple life of a hunter gatherer yet here we are.
The result? We’re dramatically over stimulated. We’re drowning in a constant stream of activity.
Meditation then, is simply a tool to bring us back to our default. To de-stimulate.
It’s always interesting to hear “meditation is not for me, I can’t concentrate on it..” It’s the equivalent of “exercise is not for me, I’m too unfit!”
One can always start. However small.
How on earth can we keep up with all the work?
There’s a simple solution.
The working world today is hectic. We’re inundated with emails, slack messages, requests from our boss, not to mention the stream of notifications from social media.
It’s a full time job just replying!
There’s the problem- that’s all we do. We’re so engrossed in our ever growing workload that we fail to stop and see the bigger picture.
What are we actually trying to achieve?
Last year I ran Growth (marketing) for a tech startup.
The goal? To grow the customer base.
My time? I put together an elaborate strategy involving numerous initiatives. Myself, along with a four person team then spent the year running experiments, building campaigns, dealing with stakeholders.
The results? Nothing. I may as well have spent the year sleeping under my desk.
All that work was in fact detrimental. I was so focused on my marketing strategy that I was blinded to the fact that it was a complete waste of time.
Granted, many in that position would have fared better.
However, I suspect I’m not alone. We’re so focused on getting work done that we lose sight of whether we should be doing it in the first place.
One we stop it’s tricky to restart.
Hobbies or habit.s can slip for a week or so and they become just a weight at the back of our minds
“I really should pick that up again.”
I found this with blogging in fact! A couple of days off slipped in to weeks. Fortunately I stumble upon a solution: Restart.
Just get started.
The best time is now.
Exercise, healthy eating, a long lost friendship- whatever it is. It’s never too late to restart.