My only advice to my clients – and my readers too of course – is to regularly meditate.
There are many reasons. Here are a few:
- Meditation (the sort I teach) gives you a far deeper insight into what’s going on with you – what makes you tick – and that’s very liberating.
- Meditation allows the frantic activity within your head to eventually calm down. You get things in perspective, stuff comes into balance on its own, and that enables you to see the bigger picture – i.e. what’s really important and meaningful in your life, and what is trivial.
- Meditation is hugely empowering. You develop the courage to be who you really are with not pretence, no defence.
Most of the people I coach have huge resistance to meditation because they believe that siting in silence doing nothing is far too difficult. Actually it’s as easy as falling off a log. What they really mean is it’s too scary because, deep down inside, they know they will eventually come face to face with themselves.
That, needless to say, is the whole point!
A friend of mine told me of a Buddhist teacher who advised, “meditate for an hour a day, and if you are too busy to do that, make it two hours a day.” A great teaching indeed. Meditation will save you time.
I was going through some papers this morning when I came across a letter from an old client. He says: “A few years ago when the snow was on the ground you kindly gave me some of your valuable time to explain how to meditate. This has been a great help to me. It enabled me to look at myself from outside.” Wow. That’s quite a gift.
So how to do this meditation technique of which I speak? I’m afraid that’ll have to wait for another post, or series of posts. We’ll start in the new year.