Do all the things like ++ or -- rants, post your own rants, comment on others' rants and build your customized dev avatarSign Up
Yeah dude. I've been meditating for a couple of years and my the first minutes after sitting down is like... my mind is screaming. So many thoughts vying for attention. "Pick me! No, pick me! Oh I really should do that one important thing, I need to get up and fix that RIGHT NOW". Geez.
My take on this is that this is just how active your mind usually is. As you sit down you begin to notice how your thoughts are racing. How badly you need to keep busy. Stay with it and your mind will calm down. Just don't try to interfere too much. Like my favorite philosopher once said: you will be like someone trying to make rough water smooth with a flat iron.
What will really mess you up is the realization that trying not to interfere is also doing something. Oops. So just sit there. You'll be carried away by thoughts. For embarrassingly long moments of time. That's fine...
Meditation turned my life around. It's the best. But it's also a chore...
Personally, I freaking love the spiritual stuff. Have you checked out Sam Harris' guided meditation? You'll get a neuroscientific perspective that is in accordance with science and current research. Spoiler alert tho: the implications of how your brain is constructing your reality will sound eerily spiritual. Check it out though, I think it's a great start for skeptics who are tired, and rightfully so, of all the unscientific claims made by religions and spiritual people. If you do, please tell me what you think! I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts.
civel12062dThat Sam Harris stuff looks cool. Thanks for mentioning it; I’m checking it out too!
Quirinus53862dIt's more difficult at first, but once you get used to meditation, it will be easier.
Just let those thoughts pass by, dont grab hold of them.
It's good for the brain, you're training it to let go of all the thoughts, and just relax. Which is exactly what you need for dealing with anxiety, as you tend to (over)think a lot.
Meditation is a physical/mental thing. It's separate from the religious mumbo jumbo. It's been scientifically proven to help.
I've been listening to this guided meditation more or less daily as part of my routine for the last couple weeks: https://youtu.be/OboD7JrT0NE (it's the first YouTube result for Sam Harris Meditation).
There are probably other guided meditations by him. And there's usually versions with background music if that works for you. Some hate it, some love it.
Throwing in some guided meditation wild cards as well. Search for the name + meditation if you're feeling adventurous... in order of least to most wacky:
Alan Watts (Philosopher and entertainer. One of my biggest inspirations.)
Mingyur Rinpoche (Bhuddist monk and happy dude.)
Jiddu Krishnamurti (He will tell you that every spiritual authority can fuck off and that you should think for yourself. I like him - but don't tell him I said that...)
Sadhguru (Spiritual teacher with a Hinduist perspective. Big personality.)
Eckhart Tolle (Same as above but borrows from all spiritual traditions. Talks a lot about the ego. Initial source of my "spiritual awakening" but I'm not sure how I feel about him today. I like practical stuff. But he sure knows how to soothe your mind for a bit.)
I try to take their ideas with a grain of salt and let myself be inspired by whatever nuggets of wisdom I can make out. Anyways, their guided meditations shouldn't contain so much of their ideas so it's more about finding a voice that's enjoyable to the ears.
Alright, wall of text answer to an easy and well-defined question as usual. Oops.
erandria385862dthanks a lot man, I'll try to follow that video at some point!
Your Job Suck?
Take a quick quiz from Triplebyte to skip the job search hassles and jump to final interviews at hot tech firms
Get a Better Job