“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
We live in a world that overwhelms us with a constant stream of information.
We check our phones an average of 150 times per day.
When faced with the growing onslaught of information, the by-product is a lack of attention and inability to focus.
One of the solutions to such a problem is learning to do… nothing.
It seems strange that this is a skill that we have to learn.
I remember being a child and complaining to my mother about being bored.
Now I relish such opportunities.
I’ve been meditating daily for over 3 years now as part of my morning ritual. I think I’m getting better at doing nothing, but there are days where I’m overtaken by thoughts, memories, regrets, and my imagined future.
Overall, meditating regularly has helped me manage myself. I’ve never been more at peace and the things that used to stress me out are less powerful than they were before. Where I used to react emotionally, I’m now able to see reality a little more clearly and recognize that most of my emotional reactions were both unnecessary and not helpful.
Self-regulation is the ultimate de-stressor in a world that is intent on keeping us under stress.
Here’s a clip from Naval Ravikant that I think is one of the best explanations for the what, how, and why of meditation.
While it is challenging and frustrating at first, without a doubt, it may be the most important thing you can do for yourself.
Your 3-pronged strategy to better physical and emotional health:
- Eat to support your health and fitness goals
- Train at IFAST
- Meditate every day