The majority of the world does not think, but responds. That is not a defamatory statement, simply an observation. Many of the challenges people face comes from the fact that they are not in touch with their thoughts or beliefs on a cognitive level. Someone says something that hits a nerve and before you know it you are lashing back at them. With meditation, you learn the process of becoming non-reactive, and along with that comes some pretty amazing benefits. Today I talk about the top 3.
One of the biggest goals of meditation is to teach you how to separate yourself from your thoughts; not eliminate them, simply become unattached. Let them pass, without becoming drawn in to their story.
But what if some thoughts are valid? As you become more adept at transcending your thoughts, having your mind simply see your thoughts, you begin to notice what thoughts are mainstream and which can lead to a greater understanding of who you are.
Today I am going to talk about the process of following certain thoughts
Any listener of ZEN commuter knows Jason Lee. He has been on the show two times before. In those episodes he talked about how he took a very painful, traumatic event in his life, and turned it into something amazing. As a young man he was sexually assaulted by a trusted scout leader and member of the church. But instead of letting that event cast him as a victim for the rest of his life, he instead chose a different path. He chose to garner every ounce of courage he possessed to not only bring his perpetrator to justice, but to make sure that other men who have been assaulted as well, find peace.
Last week, my good friend Vince Jornales left an incredibly kind review of ZEN commuter out on Apple podcasts. In it, he described how he had begun a seated meditation practive. Better still, he went on to say that he practices every morning with his son, Nox. I knew then and there that I needed to get both of them on the show to talk about their practice. We had an awesome time, and you will too, listening and learning from an incredible meditating duo. Enjoy.
Chris Plehal is a creative director for a major advertising firm in Philadelphia. As he states it " I believe creativity can change the world for the better". His portfolio definitely demonstrates that. He was the writer and co-producer of the beloved 2009 Christmas special Yes, Virginia, which has been enjoyed annually since its creation.
He joins me today on ZEN commuter to talk about how meditation helps him in his day to day life.
Later this week I am going to be speaking with Gail Soffer of the Mindful Warrior Project. When she and I last spoke she wanted me to be aware that she does not use meditation at all with returning vets. She uses mindfulness techniques. Since many people think that the two are the same thing, I thought it would be good to clear up the distinction.
A year ago, ZEN commuter listeners met Brendan Barca, the founder and blogger of Straddletheline.co. At that time he was relatively new to meditation, just beginning to cement his practice. Now, a year later, his practice has evolved and grown to encompass some firm habits that allow him to further his spirituality, as well as lessen anxiety when it arises. Come listen to my update with Brendan Barca.
One of the benefits of meditation is the ability to understand yourself beyond the usual day to day happenings. Meditation allows us all to access the deeper parts of who we are, exploring the aspects of ourselves that we empower and the parts we hide. Today I read a great post by Giovanni Dienstmann that explains the benefit of discovering the shadow aspect of who we are.
I have talked about the benefits of meditation on several episodes, but what I haven't talked about is how to avail yourself to those benefits. Specifically, I have never talked about how frequently you need to meditate to reap the rewards, until now. The answer is quite easy; you need to develop a consistent practice. That means meditating in some form, every day. However, one of the biggest challenges for many meditators, beginning and advanced, is creating that consistency. There will be days when you may not want to meditate, when motivation is low. Today I talk about how to work around low motivation and create a consistent meditation practice.