So, I don’t have a ton to say in this post other than a few things I wanted to share that’s happening in my 30-day experiment as well as a video my friend Jon turned me onto.
Cool Things Happening In JC’s Life, Internetz Edition
1. Today over coffee, my best friend made a comment that I wasn’t checking my phone – I hardly looked at it the whole time. In the past, he mentioned that I was pretty stuck to it, constantly checking messages, social media, and emails. In the back of my head, I was aware of this, for months even – but I couldn’t seem to hack the habit.
Since I’ve been meditating, I notice that I’m more present in any given moment, especially those I’m spending with others, than I was before meditation. He said he was intrigued by it, and my response actually, ummmm, surprised me.
I said something along the lines of “dude, I just want to take in as much of this moment as I possibly can. I don’t know when/if I’ll see you again, so this time is important to me.”
Reading that back to myself makes me feel all weird, but I like where this is going.
2. I’ve made the decision to seek out a meditation group here in Nashville. I believe this is the place I’m going to start: Nashville Zen Center. Another place I may try is actually a Buddhist Temple. I don’t know if this will last, but I want to try it out at least.
3. Here’s a neat article on ScienceDaily titled Meditation Reduces Loneliness. As some of you may know, one of the main reasons I do meditation is to reduce stress. Part of that is reducing inflammation. Here’s a really cool quote from the article:
Remarkably, the researchers said, MBSR also altered the genes and protein markers of inflammation, including the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) and a group of genes regulated by the transcription factor NF-kB. CRP is a potent risk factor for heart disease, and NF-kB is a molecular signal that activates inflammation.
So what does this mean? Who knows… but I hope scientists continue to look into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, though I feel this stuff is a bit hard to quantify.
4. One of my favorite entrepreneurs/speakers did his own video about meditation. Apparently, he’s been practicing for 6 years, which now that I know what I know about meditation, it doesn’t surprise me at all.
NOTE: Keep in mind, if you watch the video, Owen Cook’s target audience is guys who are trying to get laid. Remember that the stuff he talks about is applicable outside of that realm, but some of the examples he makes, and things he alludes to are centered around getting chicks into bed.
Nonetheless, it’s a very good explanation of what meditation is, why you should do it, and how there really is no right way of going about it. The main things he emphasizes is consistency, practice, and being willing to forgive yourself for not getting it perfect at first. He also talks about the idea of being outcome dependent, which I hope to write about more later.
Enjoy the video and I hope you’re doing well on your 30-day experimentation.
I have a HUGE week coming up as per this post. Oh yeah, here’s the cover image.