Aug 8, 2019
In This Episode:
deleted most of my meditation apps except for…
- Headspace is my preference for guided
- Insight timer has a ton of free courses and
guided meditations but I couldn’t find ones that clicked.
- Insight timer is great for customizing your own
timers and for ambient noise or music choices
customization is mainly what I’m doing with it
keeps me from getting overwhelmed with all the things in my
- Stressors really hit me hard, even if they’re
of the whole bipolar 2 and severe anxiety thing
biggest lesson that meditation taught me is the idea of “sitting in
discomfort” because there are a number of things that seem almost
unbearable at times, but learning to meditate and being able to
deal with that discomfort in a productive way has made my life
- Because I don’t physically relax enough. Actually, I’m bad
at relaxing in general…
days I tend to go pretty much non-stop
normal day for me goes from 5:20am to 8 or 9pm without a
break. Sometimes it goes later if I have work to do at home
that I can’t get done in the office.
- had a yoga teacher tell us that meditation
before yoga is the way to get the mind and body ready
for the movement, so that’s right in line with how it helps
- I want to be meditating more often than I am but I’m having
trouble finding and dedicating the time. This is the biggest
struggle for me.
tips or tricks BJ?
Of course, lol. I always have opinions
before I start work, when I need a break, and right before bed. The
biggest misconception is that you have to be in a special place.
You can put in headphones, close your eyes (or just focus on a
single point), and sit in stillness and focus for as long as you
have. It doesn’t have to be anything set-aside.
me, sitting at my desk, I can feel myself tense and get stressed, I
just take some breaths, slow my heart rate, and then focus on the
whole body-scan type of meditation while I sit and work on relaxing
my body and stilling my mind.
- Hearing you say this makes me so jealous of your working from
home. Open offices are brutal.
of my best meditations have been while driving to work or while
running. It’s not about being away, it’s about being focused and
- Avoiding the “woo” of meditation
- Spirituality / mysticism
want the practical benefits without buying into some crazy religion
or way of life or… mumbo jumbo? Is that the way to say
happier is all about the non-spiritual side of it.
grew up Mormon, but I’m not religious now, and that appealed to
- As I
kept going, though, the “spiritual” side started interesting me the
more I read. And I realized it wasn’t so much a spiritual thing (or
the woo-woo as my counselor put it), but the philosophical part of
read up on Buddhism since a lot of the guided meditations I was
doing were by Buddhist teachers, and the basic, most
fundamental,and recurring theme was “we get to do this once, so
let’s make the most of it and just be nice to people.” That’s
really stuck with me.
it’s wholly separate from the practice itself. It’s more of a
motivation to do it, rather than an outcome from it
to get started?
- Apps and guided meditation
- Headspace is honestly a great place to
with 5 minutes
- Increase to 10 minutes once you’re
in your mind that it’s likely not what you think it is
- read/listen to 10% happier
really help with guided meditations
- Remember that you aren’t committing hours a day
to this. It might be 5 minutes or less
- Everyone fails
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