So much has been written about mediation. So much has been studied. So many high-performing individuals practice it.
I don't know if there's anything new I'm going to say about it.
All I can do is give you my experience with practicing meditation. Maybe share some insights? Maybe share some tools that I've used.
I think the most important words in the phrase "meditation practice" is not meditation. It's actually practice.
This isn't some revelation – it's a recognition by me that I am not going to be perfect at it.
I never will be. And that's not the point.
The practice is to do the practice.
Sometimes I sit on the couch. Sometimes I sit in a chair. Sometimes I sit on a meditation cushion. Sometimes I drink coffee while I'm meditating. I have a magazine to my left, and with my eyes closed, I will periodically take sips of the beverage.
I do my best to have my thoughts be there and not judge them. But sometimes I do.
Sometimes I listen to headphones. Sometimes I don't.
I tried the Headspace app. It was OK. Wasn't for me.
A friend shared the Insight Timer meditation app. I have enjoyed that immensely. I track my sessions, but hardly ever go back and review what I did. Sharing with friends how many hours I meditate per month, or my location, or what I'm doing now, is not of interest for me.
Periodically, I will use a guided meditation from Tara Brach's website. She has plenty of sessions available, and graciously allows people to listen for free.
I shoot for 15 minutes, first thing in the morning. I do my best.
For now, that's enough. More to come.
2 pounds, 30 minutes, shower afterwards.
The formula for success. The way to taking Epsom salt bath.
A lot of people put in 3 tablespoons, and call it therapeutic. It's probably relaxing, but I wouldn't consider that therapeutic.
The idea of Epsom salts is to help your body and muscles relax, and to help bring magnesium into the body.
The water doesn't have to be hot - just warm. But, make sure that you're in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes. Take something to read, or just lie there, or listen to music.
Your aches Will go away. And, it's just relaxing.
It's like time for yourself, which is healing and therapeutic in and of itself.
I have been taking cold showers since the Fall of 2015.
All-the-way cold. No matter the season. No starting with warm, and easing into cold.
I take showers that start and stop cold.
It started become some of my friends and colleagues started to take them, and tell me about their experience.
Why do them?
I wanted to start the day off with a win. I wanted to have something in front of me that, at the very least, had my mind go, "Are you sure you want to do this?" and even if the answer was, "Hell no!", I would do it anyway. I wanted to have the satisfaction of overcoming the obstacle. Quiet the mind a bit.
Also, there is some good evidence out there to suggest that cold showers help increase immunity and decrease fat.
Regardless, I just taking them, mentally and physically.
No, not every shower is cold - after I train or an infrared sauna, I will typically take a warm shower.
But that first shower of the morning, each and every morning?
As cold as the faucet will go.
I even started taking 10 minute long cold showers periodically. I set a timer, and stand there, until the timer goes off, and then I go 30 or 60 seconds more, just to make sure I was under the cold water for 10 FULL minutes.
I love focusing on my breathing. I love accepting what the cold water gives me, teaches me. I crave the challenge, and I love the win.
Give it a try.