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Instead of lunging for your smartphone the second you wake up, stay in bed and do this instead: Repeat “thank you” three times. “You would do this first thing in the morning before you do anything else,” Borucki said. “What this does is set the tone of gratitude for the day. You’re grateful to have a brand-new day in front of you.” Step 2: Breathe. I’m sitting with my guru in a “meditation + chat” session. (“I should be able to go ahead and do XYZ instead of sitting here wasting time.

I should be able to make a choice and get on with it. I shouldn’t feel so stuck; after all, this isn’t rocket science.”). Results of Meditation.

Results for this program have been remarkable. For example, Patterson High School in Baltimore, Md. has a very diverse student population—which includes students from a variety of ethnic groups and backgrounds—with over 30 countries represented (and over 20 languages) in their English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program. Meditation forces the worrywart, insomnia causing mind to shift into the present moment, while realizing that the day is now over, and tomorrow is not yet here. This “in the moment” thought awareness and mental stillness are critical and often the only way to allow the mind to fall asleep quickly, sleep deeply, and in turn, maximizing your. Instead of focusing on yourself, focus on being present and mindful. it’s not going to do much.

Same with meditation.” going alone is fine, but to go deeper into the practic. Meditation is a mental exercise that trains attention and awareness. Its purpose is often to curb reactivity to one’s negative thoughts and feelings, which, though they may be disturbing and. 12 Quick Mini-Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Body These 30-second meditations are invisible, fun, and surprisingly effective. Posted Mar 01, 2017.

That’s not to say that reflection or thinking doesn’t serve a purpose. The problem is that we all think too much as it is, already. We do not need to think more, we need to live more. We need to get out of our heads and back into our senses; to feel life and live it completely in mind, body and spirit.

Meditation, according to the. Instead of following this thought with something like, “I’m not worthy of a good relationship,” meditation can help you let this thought cross your awareness — and keep going. Meditation for beginners. Meditation isn’t about learning how to empty your mind or stop your thoughts. Instead, meditation is the practice of training your attention and focus from a place of non-judgement.

Mindfulness meditation is the most common type of meditation in.

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It is better to do this than not doing any meditation at all.

“The Compass of Zen” by Seung Sahn
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by Seung Sahn
Shambhala, 1997

This meditation is about freedom of movement, so do whatever feels good to you.

“Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within” by Latham Thomas
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But since energy follows attention and attention follows interest, you’ll find it much easier to meditate on something that interests you and all the benefits will come faster.

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by Serge Kahili King
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If you have never meditated, I definitely suggest that you try it, setting aside the thought “That’s not for me.”

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On the other hand, if giving up meditation simply means that your mind goes dead and your will gets petrified, and you lean against the wall and spend your half hour of meditation wondering what you are going to get for supper, you had better keep yourself occupied with something definite.

“New Seeds of Contemplation” by Thomas Merton, Sue Monk Kidd
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New Directions, 2007

If you understand these goals and want to meditate, then it will help you, but if you are expecting to become rich through meditation, then don’t do it.

“The Art of Joyful Living” by Swami Rama
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by Swami Rama
Himalayan Institute Press, 2003

Doing this kind of meditation is a freestyle form of visualization that allows you to tap your creative power again.

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It’s okay to spend some time trying out different practices, but jumping from technique to technique will not take you to the depth of possibility that the practice of meditation is designed to create.

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by Beryl Bender Birch
Sounds True, 2014

But what you really need is to give in to the impulse that wants to draw you into meditation—even if only for a minute or two.

“Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience” by Sally Kempton, Elizabeth Gilbert
from Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience
by Sally Kempton, Elizabeth Gilbert
Sounds True, 2011

You should sit still, but remember, meditation is not a trance.

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  • This is my third day that I have been meditating, and ever since the morning my head had been hurting non stop but I have no coughing, mocus, nothing like that. Do you think meditating is working for me or what do you think that is? ��

  • Thanks. However I learned that refining ones focus (by really concentrating on the breath) was the method of improving concentration to be able to see thought arising?

  • People should define what they mean by mediation before trying to explain what it is or isnt. At 4:28 meditation isn’t about “no thoughts”! And if people are finding meditation tough to do, in the West, it’s probably because of the technology that is meditation, has been taken out of context.

  • Would you watch a film review from someone that has not seen it. This is someone talking about meditation that doesn’t know what it is. So it’s a bit like that. Saying that I have no idea how to meditate so I agree with some stuff he is saying. Like if you have a problem solve it and then you will feel better.

  • Nonsense! None say Meditation is the only path but why are you teaching us not to follow Buddha? Is it because of pride of so called Graeco-Roman civilization? In the eyes of Graeco-Romans all you were babrbarians. In the 3rd century BC many Greeks ordained as Buddhist monks and by the second century BCE some Indo-Greek king became patron of Buddhism. And today also few Greeks are practicing Buddhism. Those who know Greek and Indian philosophies, they know Buddha is big source of light where rest of philosophers become candle.

  • These are just basic instructions,in India these are all just bluff!
    But the contents are quiet useful(but not complete meditation).

  • These are great instructions but it’s a little scary how he has a goatee and a shaven head back when he made this video. Reminds me of the cheesy “devil” or Vladimir Lenin

  • Guys I found this to be the best book I found on Stoicism, really good information I recommend it https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0813RQL49

  • What you missed in that excitement that the person got from that email three months late from their perspective the fact that you returned it amidst all of the competition gives it so much more weight that one sentence could change someone’s life being the recipient of such a message has done so for me so that three-month late message is powerful when you’re The recipient much love and respect always

  • Thank you so much Leo for your interesting videos. I have watched your videos in different periods in my life, both good and bad times. Now I feel like I really want to start meditating consistently. I have pretty much everything I wanted in my life, a good job, a university exam, engaged with the love of my life, and good friends (I am 25). But I feel like I need more calmness in my life. I am never really pleased and I want to feel more greatful for the things I have, but also find the strengh to believe that I can do much more in life. My emotions and bad thoughts sometimes stop me from achieving things, and I think that meditation is the key to true hapiness and achievements. I want to be better to control my emotions, and have a better self-esteem. I think highly of myself sometimes but really bad other times, which is because of my ego. Instead, I want to challenge myself more and not think about if I will fail or not. And accepting failures.

    Thank you again, and greetings from Sweden!

  • I think meditation is great and helpful wish i could teach my friends how to properly meditate. When i find something good i want to share it with friends but then i realize none of them think i know what im talking about and dont respect me enough to listen or take me seriously i guess i have no real friends to share with

  • I meditate daily. I focus on my breath (in and out) for a few minutes, just being in the present moment. Then, breathing in, I smile at my difficulties and suffering, breathing out I let go of their negative effects, so as to remain calm and joyful. Most importantly, I take my meditative mind with me through out the day. If I start to let things get to me, I ask myself, “where is your meditative mind?” It helps me to refocus and see obstacles as opportunities and deal with them with a level head without letting my emotions take over.

  • Hi! I’m a totally new beginner. Please tell me what meditation is. Is it like sitting alone and thinking about a specific thing I want? Or is it just taking and letting out breath??
    Please give some advice guys

  • My Dear Respected Teacher,
    I’ve also learned one thing from you about the old proverb: “if you stay calm. Chaos will happen around you, Not within you”.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Provas Majumder from Kolkata, India.

  • I love this (how to meditate) thank you, this is the second time I have watched this. Its been about 2 years since I started to meditate, never missed a day. It can be hard sometimes, but I love doing this and enjoy every moment.
    All my family say how much I have changed, and I know I have, and I will never stop meditating thanks to my brother who has been meditating for 35 years.

    Thank you

    Metta to all.

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  • Great advise! I’ve been looking for someone who can provide me with good and simple advise. I believe I’ve found it. I’ll follow your advise. Just one question. What about the fingers when you’re sitting in a lotus position, why does the tips of the fingers have to touch? Thank you!

  • I’m going to try and set a goal to do some meditation or mindfulness exercises every day. Brain fog sucks. There is a meditation game on the wii and that can time me and tell me if I’m not doing it properly and moving to much.

  • I think you missed it here, buddy. My advice would be to stick to what you know and push that rather than speaking against something you don’t truly understand.

  • Contemplation and reflective thought offers us the time needed to build on our understanding of what is. Through contemplative observation, we bring in the power of insight and clarity from a connection to our internal guidance the inner voice. We go beyond the use of thought alone to expand on awareness and truth.

    If you liked this video, you may also enjoy; A Time For Contemplation:
    https://youtu.be/-u7DhobVPew

  • I agree with 99% of the video, however,
    I disagree with you in that you “need to meditate for 20min a day or not do it at all”. This mindset can be self-limiting if somebody breaks a steak or just gets intimidated.

    Science has shown that even 5 minutes a day can improve your life and happiness. 5 minutes is all you need to reset stress and ground yourself (assuming you are experienced). I find personally if I meditate for less than 3 times a week (10-20min) then there isn’t much of an improvement in overall life satisfaction. Although the more the better; 20min a day, everyday is ideal!

  • Thank you for the liberating message, breaking free from the ‘shoulds’ and trusting the techniques we are learning, that we have developed in order to survive to flourish and dispel the shit that lurks in the corners of our mind.

  • Very good explanation. I’ve read many books, watched many videos about this topic read many articles, and this is one of my favs. I often send a link to this video to friends of mine, to point the importance of meditation and introduce them to the subject. Although, I don’t agree with the time and frequency. It’s hard for the beginner to sit for the time of 20 mins. 10 will do for the start. You should do it on the daily basis BUT when you miss one day it’s not the end of the world and loss of results gained. If this happened look at number of meditation sessions (meditation time) you’ve made in month time or a year time. Be happy that is almost every day and let’s say in 6 months time you’ve done 170 meditation sessions. It’s not 100% but it could be your lifetime result. This is my opinion and experience. Many thanks for this video. Regards from Poland.

  • I still don’t get it.
    So you are supposed to try and focus on nothingness? That’s actively trying to focus though, isn’t it? In other guides, it is said that you just let thoughts come and go and not try to influence that. Which one is it?

  • The point of meditation I think is really simple: enlightenment is just your awarness to the world and knowing how to play the game, it makes life more enjoyable and easy to handle. But to do this, you must question and ponder so you put the peices of the puzzle together, and sometimes that can stress you out, so when you clear your mind, its like a break so you dont stress out. From what I know about gautama, he was really fucking confused about how to live a good life, “will pain bring me peace? or will pleasure bring me peace? so he sat down after all that shit, just to think about it, and then he put the peices together, thats what I think the point of meditation is, one part of it is to bring relaxation to the mind, and the other part is to understand the world better. Plus if you live with a relaxed mind, that is in the moment, you will be able to observe the world much better. At least thats what I think, im not sure.

  • I can’t seem to do it. As hard and as much as I try I can’t quiet my mind enough to do it. I don’t know what else to do to help calm my spirit and my thoughts. Please help. ��

  • This is helpful but I have a few questions. Are you supposed to let those intruding thoughts go or is it ok to block them out/stop them in their track? Somehow the two doesn’t feel identical. Also, what are you meant to focus on, ie guide your focus back to instead of our stupid thoughts? (For me breath has never worked, I can’t detect it easily). should it be/could it be focussing on something like this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvin4VrKXoI&t=608s or should we try silence (impossible with the neighbours)? thanks!

  • I think the stoic and eastern philosophies should be thought of in terms in how they compliment each other. There are realizations that I personally achieved through meditation sessions, that I probably wouldn’t have realized through stoic knowledge alone. An example of this, it took years of discipline just for me to sit still long enough for an hour, once I got this practice down, a couple of times reached a state of happiness that can only be described as having a weight lifted off my soul. I found that when I meditated on issues related to the causes of my stress and worry, I was able to release them, and I actually remedied a bought of IBS that I was experiencing. I am finding that a great many westerners have trouble sitting still and lack the discipline to quiet their minds. But just like exercise and learning, with enough practice it becomes enjoyable.

  • A lot of people were talking crap about some of the stuff you said because you meditating into “god mode”. They said they didn’t “believe you”. I do believe you. Just contact me [email protected] gmail.com

  • Meditation at a social level is a subversive military strategy to create dociel passive culture. Once you subjugate a population with meditation you take away the time and energy that population has towards National security and development. It’s a Trojen horse pushed by the Joows Expelled from Russia who occupy Israel originating from KGB

  • This seems to be talking about the Eastern way vs the Western way for myself, as a person raised in the Western way of thought, (& very specifically Hellenic!) meditation can be tough to do.

  • I do vipassana every day…. need your more guidance…. thanks to upload your videos… it’s really very much helpful for me to do meditation….plz upload your more experience and plz share about yourself….thanks a lot…

  • Nice. Props to meditation, but journaling fine tunes me, as well as observing people. I just recently discovered your channel and subscribed. I appreciate your service to stoicism. Mike

  • PSA to all the commenters on here saying Ryan “doesn’t understand” meditation. He’s not wrong about the thoughtlessness thing. Ask any well-versed hindu/buddhist (specifically, one’s from places where this is the standard religion, not just some weird New Agers).

    Most modern “mindfullness” meditation is just branded Vipassanā (Sorry Headspace, still love ya). Vipassanā is meant to bring you into oneness with the world around you. This is achieved by becoming thoughtless, and losing the sense of self. First on a physical level, and then on a conscious level. The goal of the meditation is to become thoughtless, so Ryan’s not wrong wen he says in meditation your meant to be thoughtless. It’s the state you’re meant to get to in Vipassanā. The Buddha talked about this a lot, and so does many of the Hindu Scriptures.

    There’s a finer point to the thoughtless awareness though. In Buddhism it’s called Nirvana, a state of total detachment and impartial judgement & awareness. In Hinduism it’s called Moksha, which is freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth (Samsara) and attaining true yogic practice.

    Really most of this misunderstanding of meditation is due to the Mindfulness zeitgeist we’re in currently. Mindfulness, when studied, does encourage thoughtlessness in Vipassanā, but our modern trend of “being mindful” is pretty ignorant of most of the true ideals of meditation and stillness.

    Could Ryan have been more clear in his language / explanation? 100% For sure, but he still wasn’t incorrect.

  • Listen to someone like Joseph Goldstein’s podcasts. https://youtu.be/fGi_Y7P8t-c Someone who is meditating since the late 60’s. Monkey mind,, can’t even explain that well. There are so many wonderful teachers. Thoughts flow in and out, let them go. EVERYONE has the same issues when trying to meditate,, there are so many good teachers. I don’t now why this guy thinks he is a teacher.

  • You learned vipasana technique thats being used for many centuries in subcontinent…however, dear teacher you have missed alot to teach. Keep learning. For beginners, guys u can watch vipasana meditation techniques on youtube.

  • I love this explanation! A similar video of Mingyur Rinpoche helped me out so much when I started meditating. I think this one will help many people too. Thanks!!! Mindful greetings, Simple Happy Zen

  • Breath of Fire and Vim Hoff breathing methods helps me get going as well as yoga stretching but clearing the mind with various meditation methods really brings peace.

  • Wow.. such anger and hostility toward meditation.. you’re not alone with your thoughts..
    It’s a shame you try to come of as some expert on meditation and skew it with hostility and your opinion/belief.. and that is fine..
    Hopefully you can work through your deep seeded anger and aggression..��

  • Meditation isn’t “sitting down and being alone with your thoughts.” Its the attempt to Eliminate Thought. It’s just being ok with the moment as it is without judgement or movement clouding the issue.

    But whatever. Personally my room is a mess, my accomplishments are few, but my life is more fulfilled because I can find stillness and peace in myself. Your stoicism is bordering on workaholism, the need to be and stay busy just to avoid the feeling of needing to be busy and stressed? Moderation in all things.

  • i don’t know why my eyes twitches a lot during meditation…..when i go in deep concentration and it’s so disturbing that when i leave my meditation i encounter with a headache btw my eyebrows…….why this happens? is it harmful for me?

  • What seriously ��������
    You have been meditating 2 years and still didn’t get any glimpse of truth.
    I meditated for 2 or 3 months without regularity but still got mystic experiences.

  • Thanks for watching! Want to hear how my own 365 meditation challenge went? Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JGPWJTLSdY

  • I enjoy and find great value in Ryan Holidays works but I feel it would benefit him and the audience he is directing his philosophy to if he researched what medication is, the many techniques there are for medication, the benefits of medication and how it works (from scientific studies) because he doesn’t appear to come across as somebody who is very well versed in the subject here.

  • Mam I am maditating since last week but never feel the need of any aap oor music t whenever I maditate I feel like I m surrounded with myself and sooo much conjusted

  • Me: tries to meditate
    My birds: REEEEEE
    My neighbours having a party: HEEEEHAAHEE
    My mom chopping food: ClNG CLANG
    The ambulance outside: WEEEUUUUUUU
    My friend calling me: apple ringtone intensifies
    The washing machine: sweeesh swooshh
    My bathroom toilet: fluuuush
    Me: ight imma head out

  • Meditate anywhere, anytime. Yongey is talking from years of experience. His teaching approach is as naturally as his breathing. He is a true guru.

  • This is by far one of the best descriptions I’ve come across on how to begin… Or stay in tune with your meditation practices. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Is it just me or do a lot of the lessons from stoicism follow a lot of mental health advice? Often for anxiety therapy will focus on identifying the thoughts, seeing them as thoughts and not facts and letting them go or changing them intentionally to more positive thoughts. Same with the other videos about letting go of trying to control what we cant control, letting go of perfectionism by saying ‘enough’. I dont know if this man has any mental health counseling training but it all seems like really good lessons that are coming from a non mental health resource but that fit like puzzle pieces with it. Really interesting.

  • I’m very happy to listen this kind of teaching. I recommend Ashin Tejaniya books and videos about vipassana meditation. Meditating this way gives precious fruits and really changes the mind which becomes pretty more flexible and capable to understand more challenging wisdom teachings.
    Thank you to guide us.

  • Amazing work at drawing the parallel between meditation and journaling, it looks obvious but never really thought this way. It has cleared some of my confusion. This idea of observing the thoughts to bring inner stillness amazes me. I like to think of it as creating a space between thoughts and ‘I’. In the Hindu religion, understanding this separation is the key to ‘mukti’ (liberation).

  • If you’re new to meditation or want some guidance in your next session, check out my new Guided Meditation! → https://bit.ly/3kEJPH2
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  • I am a HUGE Ryan Holiday fan. He is a great influence in my life. I am also a huge Sam Harris fan, I would like them to make a podcast together.

  • I was surprised to see so many knocking meditation in the comments. I agree that the whole ‘mindfulness thing’ has become click-bait and some commentators might feel it’s a gimmick as articles over-sell it as a panacea. To dismiss it as having no value because of bad representation is missing an opportunity though. I feel it can be complimentary to Stoicism.

  • Meditation is pointless without understanding the reason for it. Just doing it because someone told you is a waste of time. A scientist fascinated by the power of knowledge tells people “you must count! Counting is great! It makes your brain work better, it gives you the answers…” And people sit for years in a row counting from 1 to 10 repeatedly. That’s how it works today. It’s just silly. Don’t meditate if you don’t have a Teacher or understand why you’re doing it. Don’t meditate if you’re after the trends. You’d only sink in arrogance and comfort.

  • Separating yourself from thought puts you in a meditative state so meditation is actually a tool to do that if you need a reset, some people can walk around in this state with ease it depends on your state.

  • You nailed it man, I spent so many years being meditative, giving all in my now past christian faith, I finally unplugged from having to have the magic solution. I honestly was and sometimes still am afraid to enjoy life, because of fear of suffering. That thinking is so hard to overcome. It sounds weird, my thought was always that my enjoyment of something meant it would go away. I stumbled upon an accidental nihilism through my fear of life. It felt safer to fear everything.

  • For how long should one meditate…

    The finger movement at the end of the video should be what ever one u want or all of them divide in like 5 minutes of 25 minutes…?

  • Thanks for creating this channel, is the first one I see that you have a deep understanding of stoicism and other arts. Not just superficial says to apply, instead why to apply it and make sense of it.

  • You don’t know what meditation is the way you speak about it. You should try a 10 day Vipassana and then get back to this vid. Meditation and stoicism both have allot in common when it comes to mindset. Predominantly the mindset commonly called equanimity in meditation based circles, which to me is also the essence of stoicism. Mediation however tends to give a deeper and closer look into the nature of reality itself. Experiencing that essence of reality directly is very different than what stoicism usually leads to, as it tends to be more pragmatic in it’s daily life approach, which would make it much harder to reach the same insights and conclusions which meditation can lead to. In my opinion the eastern philosophies were clearer or sharper about the conclusions of reality than the western philosophers. Some of the philosophies like Advaita Vedanta or the conclusions of the Buddha, can also be described as Non-duality. Reading and understanding about what it is they say the Buddha has said should leave you in awe of how clear and sharp his mind must have been. Go do a Vipassana. You will not regret it.

  • I always have 100% awareness though. Does that mean I am in a constant state of meditation? To me being aware of my surroundings is just natural. I can’t imagine not being this way

  • Journaling is meditation. As the one guy puts it, it’s being the observer of your thoughts. Ultimately, with meditation, I’d say you’d want to ask “who is it that is observing these thoughts?” I think sitting meditation and journaling are great complementary practices.

  • Dear Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, I would like to express my gratitude for the knowledge that you deliver with such simplicity. I am truly grateful to you for sharing your knowledge with us. Thank you so much.

  • It really depends on the individual person as to what works best for them. I can see how Ryan who’s a writer and who seems to be a pretty focused guy, would prefer journaling. For me, someone with ADHD and anxiety and constantly running random thoughts that just muck up my mind and my life, journaling (and writing) does nothing for me I’ve found, because it ends up being just a long-running rant (not unlike this comment) and doesn’t help me sort anything out or rid me of any unnecessary or negative anxious thoughts, but cardio exercise, healthy eating, hydration, sunlight, and mindfulness meditation (focusing on your breath bringing your thoughts back to your breath every time they wander, which would be all the time for me) not only helps me to feel calm in that moment, but it kind of trains your brain push away thoughts and focus on your breath in the moment you’re having the thoughts. The trine of healthy eating, exercise, and mindfulness meditation more specifically, help to create a space between your thoughts and your reaction to those thoughts, something that most people can do naturally, but people with anxiety or ADHD have trouble with, due to an actual difference in the brain (for ADHDers) where that space between thought and action doesn’t exist, hence why ADHD people are so impulsive. We can’t just have an angry or hyperactive, or anxious thought and just sit with that thought for a minute and think about how to respond, without jumping up to punch someone or blurt something out or run from a situation that’s not actually dangerous, all things that ADHD people have a high amount of constant regret over which just causes more depression and anxiety (I have read that a high majority of men in jail for petty crimes and assault have undiagnosed ADHD), but the trine of healthy eating, exercise, and meditation helps create that space in the mind that should already be there but is not. So if mindfulness meditation were taught in schools, along with Cognative Behavioral Therapy, which has it’s base in Stoicism, and also journaling for the kids who respond and relate to that better than meditation, all kids would grow up being able to handle their feelings and emotions and anxieties better and get in a lot less trouble, end up in jail less often, and lead better lives.

  • So far I agree with the content of your video, but I hate the music in the background. Very cheesy. Very commercial. Keep it real and ditch the music!

  • I wrote a few jokes earlier, but in seriousness, yes, meditation helps. But I notice it helps calm the mind down temporarily, and the type of disorder the mind has is itself a kind of up and down sea of waves. But what about the more long term ideas that either scare you or make you sad? They don’t make you feel like your mind is a monkey on a burning boat in a storm at sea, but more like a if you were in a big room and maybe the water was slowly dropping drop by drop and you know it will eventually fill the room. Maybe like a low intensity but very constant anxiety. How does meditation help with that?

  • On the thumbnail, it has the buddha’s face X’ed out. For someone talking of stoicism, that’s really….something. Would you say that you really meant that…or just using that image to make money from? Either way, you’re the dick. Stoically.

  • With due respect I’d like to present my opposite opinion of that of Ryan’s about meditation.
    You’re probably right that there’s other numerous ways toward stillness and meditation is not the only one.
    But the problem is that the person who is engulfed by chaos, anxiety and his/ her life has greatly stick with uncertainty, that person can barely think and figure out that what’s the thing to do in order to start with and overcome this state of complexity.
    Meditation is the easiest and convenient way to start with, every person can effectively pursue it by understanding the basic concept of breathing and posture.
    You haven’t specifically mention the exact alternative to meditation that can be applicable to everyone, and meditation’s having that unique and distinctive quality that make it so much demanding, practical and convenient for starter.

  • Just cleaning out a drawer or a closet or my desk and chucking/donating unused things is calming. I understand for some parting with stuff can be an anxious endeavor but it works for me.

  • I finally found it. After years. This was the only video that helped me meditate for the first time ever. 11 out of 10 super happy

  • I don’t really like the guided voice videos because it interrupts me make me not focus.

    I’m doing this because a beautiful soul from RMS titanic has come back to me and they’ve told me I need to do meditation everyday. With videos but I don’t really like them they interrupt me and I can’t focus so another way to try is that I’m going to set a timer and I’m going to count back from 100!!!!

  • …Thumbs down for language…You just can’t help yourself, while you are writing books to help people…Do you see how that doesn’t make sense?..It’s Thanksgiving and my dinner is being delivered by volunteers and I’m so grateful…Hope your Thanksgiving with loved ones is joyous…I’m sure you will NOT be dropping the bombs you just dropped on your readers (…T

  • Thank you for the tips and words of encouragement. I’ve just started trying to meditate and I was feeling like I was doing it wrong because my mind wanders. I’ll keep bringing my mind back and get it right.

  • Ur aN AMAZING AWSOME PERSON GOD
    BLESS U IF SOME ONE TELLS U SOMETHING NEGATIVE DECLINE IT U HAVE TO ACCAPT IT AND MOVE
    ON HAVE A NICE DAY

  • Being present in the now is meditation.
    I find the discipline of sitting quietly without movement focusing on my breathe to be an integral part of my spiritual evolution. Through training my mind to be still it becomes my servant instead of master. I am able to catch thoughts of negativity sooner and transmute them to positive before my energy levels drop. Knowing every thought returns I aim to be a mental alchemist. Turning it all to gold. Doing this I manifest more of what I desire.
    As I think so I become.

  • Thank u,its feels great to live in the time where we can get so much of informations at very comfort of our homes and thankful to people like u who take such initiatives and help people like us. Blessings

  • I sometimes meditate for hours, I think it’s because I need it a lot because my mind is overwhelmed with lots ot thoughts and memories and meditation helps my mind to take a break from all those distractions.

  • Ryan Holiday hit a grand slam with “Stillness Is The Key” by bringing home the tri-dimensional aspect in our lives… “Mind”, “Spirit”, and “Body”. “Stillness Is The Key” reminds us how we have a quality and winning team within ourselves if we just beware and be in tune to ourselves and what’s going on around us. Thank you Ryan, keep on keepin’ on.

  • Thank you Mingyur Rinpoche for a very simplistic guide to meditation. The subtle habits of meditating like needing to be very concentrated to every breath and trying blocking every thoughts makes your mind rather tired after meditation.
    After trying this new approach, it makes me feel very relaxed, mindful, and increases my concentration. Thank you very much for your practical guides and teaching. ��

  • Imagine a string starting at your spine going to the top of your head? Are you saying do this every time or is that a reference for how to position yourself? I tend to be too over analytical which is likely why I’m struggling to even understand what meditation is lol

  • I feel angry that meditation is creation of yogis a( Hindu yogic exercise) but these monks call meditation their creation. They should know Buddha (Siddharth) learn it from yogis of India and spread to the Chinese and Japanese.

  • My meditation is borrowed from many. I meditate for 20 min and in the beginning I focus on breathing and body scan. I then focus on A View from Above and finish with breathing

  • My negative emotions resurface while meditating. I feel agitated and uncomfortable whole day. So I stopped trying to meditate. One can feel peaceful even without meditation. Living consciously is important.

  • There is absolutely no doubt that regular meditation provides mental health benefits (and other brain health benefits) that cannot be achieved via other methods. The science and proven studies all support this undeniable conclusion. But only about 10% of Americans practice meditation on a regular basis. The suicide rate in the USA is about the 34th highest in the world, out of 184 countries. Do the math folks, America is one of the most prosperous countries in the world but we’re ignoring mental health and it’s killing us, and making many of us far less satisfied with life than we could be. Bottom line: amount of available science/supporting data on activities such as Intermittent fasting, exercise and meditation has increased exponentially in recent years and indicates (CLEARLY) that using those tools improves mental, emotional and physical health and longevity. There has never been a period in time when the benefits of science are more life-impacting than right now. Sadly, most will not alter their thinking/behaviors accordingly.

  • From someone who has never been able to meditate despite the desire, thanks a million for saying it isn’t the only path. And like your interviewee said, journaling brings a certain level of peace and clarity as well.

  • I keep experiencing aura like color patterns, the last session a bright white/golden orb similar to looking at the sun appeared. It got bigger and brighter so bright I felt I had to open my eyes.

  • mingyur is teaching meditation more clearly. i still remember 5 ys ago all the meditate is watch is all the same thing and only outside posture focus here but when serious mental illness is like crazy already so many thought uncomfortable even resist its hard to even focus for few sec in few hours if i am not wrong that time. so its mostly like torture or make me even more worse for few years not even relax haha but now still need some time also to focus because not so easy when you have no awareness space at all even for 2 sec i think for a week but not now haha

  • Yeah non meditate and non distraction, even distraction just focus on the breath or something else but non meditation. It’s quite balance so we don’t meditate too hard or too distraction or don’t meditate and get distraction. Non meditation eventually will be back to self awareness which we focus even when distraction so not meditate too hard which will eventually get more distraction after meditating. Even though it was also the meditation experience for most ppl who always concentrate too hard on blocking thought and emotion. So I guess this non meditation and non distraction was quite more easy to approach for meditating too hard to a more relaxable approach. Non distraction will eventually focus more when non meditation:)

  • Why does public TV Media and everyone falsely represent meditation as some kind of high spiritual awareness like it’s a super power., It’s just relaxing, being aware but devoid of tought (not sleeping).

  • Thanks Ryan! Makes me feel better for missing my practice. No need to dwell on it. Now I realized 10 breaths are enough to bring me back

  • Bro I was meditating and then when I done I felt like a lot of pressure in my body left btw it was my first time doing it like I fell good now bro������

  • I think the very fact so many people say they can’t meditate or don’t want to is exactly why they need it.

    There is a stillness you can acquire with consistent meditation which is palpable.

    Personally I feel a huge difference when I don’t meditate, I get way more caught up in thought and I feel less peaceful and much less in control of my mind and my day.

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  • How to do the hands..everyday 1 position? Or every 5mins change until its done the for fingers??
    Plsss teach me how..������ i need this meditation

  • First, love your vids long time subscriber here!

    Just wanted to throw an offer your way:

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  • My Takeaway
    Set Alarm, start with 20
    Spine straight, tiredness, sleeplessness is due to angle in spine, avoid that
    Take support to back if you want, be comfortable
    Focus on nothingness, that is centre point.. Not breathing in particular or visualisation or mantra, just nothingness… (Doubtful about this)
    If your mind wonders, catch and take back to centre and this entire process is meditation
    Having any doubts in the middle of session, range of emotions, feeling of doing it wrong You are doing it just right, that’s all you need to know, wanting to know read and then start meditation is a sneaky way of procrastinating on meditation
    Middle or mainly end of session, It doesn’t not necessarily make you calm, peaceful, happy etc feelings, you might be agitated, frustrated and this is completely normal,
    Do it consistently for months years, pick whatever reason motivates you
    My reason: Strengthens PFC

  • Absolutely true! I wasn’t meditating when I found stillness. I was walking around Angkor Wat with an inner projected statue of Buddha in front of me with a light on its forehead. I looked into the light, which itself was perfectly still, and by focusing on it to the neglect of all else, I became the same stillness and found myself in “heaven” which is at REST.

  • I don’t know if its part of meditating but since I started a while ago if I meditate for 30 mind daily I can remember my dreams like every detail its weird

  • I like you ryan but this post is bad advice…. if you have never achieved deep meditative stillness then you’re not an authority and have no right steering people away from it…

  • Hey please read this message.. I was scrolling on YouTube and I saw someone using this video of yours. Here is the link for the YouTube https://youtu.be/Ppyr0sNsnC8

  • Meditation and other attempts at achieving a higher state of consciousness are for those who are too afraid to take psychedelics. Plain and simple.

  • idk why but when I tried meditating I thought of that one SpongeBob meme

    Spngebob:What’s funnier then 24

    Patrick:What

    Spongebob:25

    Patrick:Laughs

    Spongebob:Laughs

  • MEDITATION IS NOT ABOUT STILLNESS. I consider my self a stoic but meditation isn’t stoicism. if you think not thinking is the answer then you don’t understand what meditations is about, ignorance is a bliss

  • Meditation is not about being alone with your thoughts. And Meditation is not named “Meditation” in western society. But concepts like praying go into the same direction in my opinion. Somehow, a lot of Mr Holiday’s thought do not seem to be thought to the end. Quite shallow for taking on stoic thinking. A lot of quotes and reproduction, not so much of his own in there.

  • Anyone from neighborhoods can tell you who are those miracle one commonly talks a lot after panic attack.

    Those are rear to find who depends on no panic to start a talking attack.

  • Very good video, helpful advice, some interesting points. There are a few issues/clarifications in my head:
    1) ‘the religious/spiritual side is just a Distraction’: to the majority of people, it is unnecessary, and may well be unhelpful. But for some, it is a part of their faith: so effectively calling it pointless offensive (especially as meditation originates from religious practice, even if it has evolved and become more universal since)
    2) ‘Mediation must be done everyday, or else’ attitude, while coming from a good place, is unhelpful. This is because some days it is impossible, such as being ill, or caring for someone who is, or on busy occasions like Christmas. Is it helpful to squeeze something else in on those occasions? No, and neither is the worry of missing it and falling behind. Otherwise, mindfulness is an important daily practice, like a short walk or healthy breakfast good to maintain daily when possible, but okay to stop occasionally
    3) similar to the above really: while important to take seriously, it may be very hard to do for a full 20 mins at first, and someone who doesn’t shouldn’t be branded as ‘not giving a f*ck’! Similar to withdrawal symptoms from addiction, it can do more damage (both long and short term) to go cold turkey immediately, than to gradually ease off whatever substance or behaviour. As such, only doing 5 mins per day may be better. Then maybe 10, and in time 20. I for a while did 10 mins guided each afternoon, and found it very beneficial, and was more stressed when it stopped (which was when I left Spain, and so lost my afternoon rest)! My point (other than I prefer a Spanish routine to a British one), is that it is better to do whatever is best to make you calmer person overall, and get your brain and body into the idea of routine mindfulness, than to immediately expect the perfect conditions
    4) Focus on breathing: somebody else already mentioned this, but it is good, so I will too! Rather than trying to focus on nothing, and stressing over it, focus on one thing: a constant, and your breathing is best. But very calm music, or white noise may be helpful.
    Otherwise, I very much agree. But my overall statement is to be firm with yourself, but kind. And being persistent but forgiving while meditating will likely see great results! Peace and best wishes to all on your meditation journeys

  • I don’t think it’s about meditating for an hour or 10 minutes. It’s more about being in meditative state all the time doing any tasks

  • I had three enlightenment experiences plus went into the “void “ and have been contacted by a ndramadens deceased relatives bunch of lucid dreams/ and some psychic experiences through meditation. But I need a friend / example like you. Just call me brother 8329841107

  • Ook idid it �� my 1st time for 30 min… I have been procrastinate this for years starting it but never this long.. Thanks a lot.. 1st DAY�� of 21 day

    Advice: just set the timer after finish watching immediately and that will be your 1st day

  • So glad i watched this, ive been randomly suffering with panic attacks, very scary n its lead me to believe my hearts broken or weak, im so paranoid n obsessive with my heart, it started with a thought �� now im fully into it i truly believe my hearts fucked, however ive had ECG n all sorts to test my heart all came back healthy, yet im still sat here feelin pain to my heart n i feel scared an on edge, im sooo hooked on this cloud ☁️ im actually scared to meditate now cos i know my 1st thoughts gona be my heart ��, some one pls fix me ����‍♂️

  • Do you really need to use the F word to express yourself?
    I was subscribed to your channel but this video didn’t show wisdom.
    Thank you for the good ones anyway

  • Really interesting point on forming a habit! I love (and crave) silence because I find it easier to be still and focus in the quiet.

  • Thanks for this, had some problems I needed to sort out, needed a clear head.

    Been depressed for a while now, and after my first time meditating I’ve more energy now than in the past month.

    First time was wild, had a mini seizure I was present for, and saw some weird things unintentionally. Got out thinking it had been 5 minutes, turned out to be 20.

  • Comments saying beginners should focus on their breathing to get into meditative state
    Want to point out this doesn’t work for everybody, and people should experiment to what feels best.

    Personally, if I try to focus on breathing for longer than a few breaths, I will go into a state of panic.

    If anyone out there reads this and thinks they’re failing, don’t worry about following other people’s paths, make your own. If you try something and you don’t like it, don’t do it. Do something else. As they say, you do you, boo.

    Do some research to see what different methods can get you into a meditative state, and also what types of meditation there are! It’s fascinating.

  • Hi Dear.

    I’m in the path of realization.
    I realized that meditation is MISION FAILED.
    IAM THAT IAM THATS ALL.
    Human beings can not meditate.
    When you think you are meditating it’s NOT THE HUMAN ITS THE DIVINITY

  • In Meditation, discover HOW to withdraw from this ‘Holographic Simulation’, produced by Programs, being played in “The Processing System of LIFE”, back into the LIGHT of The Real Self, to find Bliss, and refresh yourselves, by re evaluating what you have been experiencing, before returning to the Program, producing your Holographic Simulation, you believed to be the universe.

  • I did this type of meditation during math in high school, listen to sound, forget, listen to sound, forget. It did not end well…but boy it was relaxing.

  • Life is meditation. Before meditation I was a person meditating. Then I realized I am meditation “person-ing.”
    It doesn’t matter whether you have a formal practice or not. Just that you live and love mindfully and skillfully.
    Something that the Stoics would agree with 100%

  • Just did my first ever meditation and experienced REM, or more it was my eye lids fluttering, I know that’s not REM so I don’t know what it was. I don’t know if it’s a bad or good thing. I felt it was good:D

    Thankfully my life is almost perfect. My (brain) own thoughts are the only thing left to fix
    Initially I thought fuck 20 minutes is a LONG time. But I know that’s a thought that my brain produces meaning nothing. I’m SO keen to master emotional mastery. I wondered for years why thought management wasn’t taught in school. And I’ve always wanted to know how to do this, because the way I handle my thoughts and emotions is the only thing that makes my life shitty
    Now I know that THIS is what I wanted. You’re very clear and make a lot of sense to me. Let’s see how this goes! Thank you in advance:)

  • Discover and Understand the DIFFERENCE, between “LIFE (The Real Self)”, and the human PRIMATE, which unfortunately Contains DOUBLE LOGIC in its GENOME, adversely affecting ALL human activity including ‘THOUGHT’ and ‘REASON’, as well as inducing ‘SUFFERING’ and ‘DEATH’… So choose to embrace “LIFE (The Real Self)”, instead of being in Bondage to the human body.

  • I have not tried using my position like posture to help me. I fall asleep A lot but thanks for setting the example and giving me this advice. You motivate me big time dude. I’ve got to the point where I was Consistently meditating like what you’ve said and I saw flashes of light / tears of joy. But I only watched this half way through because I was so excited about it i have hit enlightened states where I’d hit enlightenment. But I tried just now before I watched this whole video through. I fell asleep. But I was laying down / relaxed too much to where I fell asleep. But thanks for the Motivation/ Inspirational motivation

  • rinpoche! does body really care if mind is distracted or not! since there is no reference point at all(empty aspect of all phenomenon; including the notion of being aware of distracted or not. both springs from same ground and has same essence. body is at peace all times just functioning.to survive. idea of mind to be tamed(knowledge imprinted to us from elder) is the cause. isn’t being aware itself is an conscious effort of will(ego) to maintain its status quo or survival. since there is separation and in unity there is no need to be aware of anything at all. i m tibetan by the way, just lay person who is interested in knowing truth.

  • In David Rock’s great book, Your Brain at Work, he calls the “muscle” responsible for focusing our attention on specific thoughts our “Director.” He says it strengthens each time we use it.

  • Oh my fricking god. Time has been always been going so slow. I swear 20 minutes felt like a year. I could write the bible with all the thougths that came to my mind during those 20 minutes. No. This is impossible. I always want to scratch something in my body. Thruogth all of those 20 min i wasnt breathing i was scratchin parts of my body i didnt even know i could be scratching.

  • Decades of strength training with weights and calisthenics enabled me to learn to meditate and archery for me is a great way to meditate as well.

  • 00:00 Introduction, planning the next 35 minutes, how our brain functions without meditation
    04:30 Benefits of meditation
    10:36 Definition and description of meditation
    13:09 Meditation technique(s)
    21:03 How to make a successful meditation habit
    23:00 Common doubts, mistakes and misconceptions regarding meditation
    27:52 Principle to carry as we meditate, managing our expectations
    30:24 Why should we meditate at all
    34:32 THE END (subscribe, like and share this video, newsletter, etc)

  • Hey great Video, just one thing you saying that once you start you should do this for the rest of your life and if you stop it there is no point is very discouraging. I would much more like to just try this out and see if it fits me than make a commitment for the rest of my life…

  • Absolutely loved this!!!! So much helpful information. I absolutely fell off from my meditating practice and this inspired me to get back in it!

  • Meditation is not an act!

    It’s simply becoming conscious of your body and mind! Meditation is not about controlling anything but allowing everything the way it is! Formal meditation is a way of going beyond your mind by bringing stillness in your life! Meditation or stillness means the same thing in which you become aware of your own presence!

    I don’t think anyone from the west except Alan Watts ever understood the eastern world and thier spirituality! Be it Zen, Buddhism or Hinduism! This video clearly proves Alan Watts wasn’t that successful!

  • I’m so relaxed like now I’m like a bowl of mash potatoe, that’s been put in a blender and poured on a slough. Let’s be YouTube mates?

  • So should I allow thoughts to enter but let them go by, or should I just not think? Because I think I could just not allow thoughts for 20 minutes. Am I complicating meditation now? ��

  • People who have no idea what Meditation is have limited experience with it or have never tried it will compare Meditation to listening to music, reading a book or colour therapy. They will say things like, “I don’t need to meditate. I listen to music” or “I meditate by reading a book”. The reason for this, is because they think meditation is just a relaxation exercise and stress reliever deeming it unnecessary if they can choose to induce a relaxing experience or reduce their stress through other means but Meditation is far more than a relaxer or distresser and there are many more benefits.

    Firstly, Meditation is relaxing, but relaxation isn’t meditation. For individuals suffering from physical, mental or emotional stress, meditation opens the door to deep relaxation. In addition to relaxation, those who meditate often enjoy improved health and well-being, reduced anxiety, greater satisfaction in life and a more stable sense of happiness.

    What’s more, meditators find that the insights gained from their practice allow them to have a more skillful, compassionate presence in the world. Ultimately, meditation is the journey of discovering how the mind works and how to work with the mind.

    To gain control of your mind, instead of allowing it to control you.

    The point of focusing the mind, though, isn’t just to chill out: it’s to see clearly. What do you see? Well that depends on where you look. In many spiritual contexts, you might notice how things that seem fixed in place are actually very impermanent: feelings come and go very quickly, for example, which is helpful if you’d like to let go of that consuming anger/ anxiety/ whatever that has been causing you so much pain.

    In other spiritual contexts, you might notice how beautiful things are if you can just “be here now.” A simple blade of grass can seem filled with miracles.

    Or, in secular contexts, you might see your “stuff” more clearly: how much you love someone, how you sometimes get in your own way, how your habits are helping or not helping you live your best life.

    Moreover, the more you meditate, whether in one-minute bursts, or thirty minute sessions, or just being mindful as you’re eating or waiting for the bus, the more your brain gets used to settling back, noticing stuff, and not reacting right away.

    Gradually, your mind gets used to not reacting so much. Your brain physically changes. The part of your brain that says “hang on, you don’t actually need to do anything” literally gets larger, like muscles at a gym. The part that says “OMG I have to do this thing right now!” doesn’t win as many internal arguments.

    So when you’re about to say that unkind thing to your partner, or eat that thing you said you wouldn’t eat, or engage in whatever habit you wanted to quit, your brain has been trained by all that meditation, and you’re less likely to do it. You’re happy even without doing that thing that part of you wants to do.

    This is insight. Unlike calm, it has some content to it, and it can have much more lasting benefits than just a ten minute chill out.

    Simple to explain, harder to actually to do. But gradually, it leads to a lot more happiness. Rather than just de-stressing, you create less stress in the first place.

    This is real happiness. You feel better, you’ve got a little more control over how you live your life, and maybe most importantly, you’re kinder to others. You suffer less because you’re less reactive around stuff you want and stuff you hate. You’re able to build deeper relationships because you’re more in touch with yourself and others.

    On the other hand, relaxation is about unwinding and shaking off tensions and anxieties. People use relaxation techniques, such as; listening to music, reading a book or colouring so they can release stress that has been building up. This too has a positive effect on the body and the mind but it is short lived.

    We can compare a person using relaxation to get rid of stress, anxiety, anger or frustration to a druggie injecting his or herself with a drug. It is a quick fix.

    Whereas meditation provides a person with long term benefits. The effects last forever.

    However, combing the act of relaxation and meditation techniques is possible and highly recommended.

    If you wish to quickly relax, become calm and give yourself a sense of serenity and relaxation then try out a relaxing method.

    But, if you want to reduce your anxiety, depression, stress and get rid of bad habits, become happier, grow more compassionate, appreciate life more, build up your confidence, increase your empathy, gain a better understanding of yourself and others, become more grateful, grow your creativity, lower your blood pressure levels, reduce the chances of getting Schizophrenia, Dementia or Alzheimer’s, increase your short term and long term memory recall and a whole lot of other benefits, then Mediate.

    There is no competition. Meditation wins every time. The science is there to back it up.

    Nobody said it was easy, it is a skill after all and just like when you’re at the gym, you have to develop it, so yes it will be difficult in the beginning but the long term benefits outweigh the cons at the start ��

  • People want pills, quick and effective. Lazy complainers. So the industry devise all kind of approaches, and all of them work for some and not for others. But meditation is the only approach that reconstruct your neurosystem and brain and prepare them for better performance permanently. Plus, it is not only about relaxing, but to evoking your own soul’s voice clearer and louder. Journaling you release thoughts, but by writing them you confirm them.

  • I’m not sure if some western white fellows should be teaching meditation to be honest

    Only a Hindu or Buddhist who grew up meditating is a thought leader in this field… Please stop appropriation of Hindu culture.. Go and appropriate is-lam

  • Hi everyone,
    During the day in a calm state, a person’s consciousness vibrates nearly 20 Hertz, when she closes eyes, the level of vibration of consciousness drops to 14-7 Hertz.

    If in meditation, with eyes closed, she visualizes, concentrates, controls… then the level of vibrations of her consciousness grows in the range of 14-35 Hertz.

    But meditation has a healing-developmental effect only when your consciousness lowers the level of vibrations to 7 Hertz, because it is the minimum necessary for the Soul of the meditator to be able to act on it in a healing-developmental way.

  • I’m doing well on my meditation and feeling of pins in tickling on my feet and I think my meditation is so effective to me I feel so calm and peace.. But I admit at a times of fullmoon or new moon I feel so different its intense feelings the sadness and irritated

  • It was really relaxing but i don’t knw why i i was just enjoying memories of my childhood…it was amazing but i was lil bit tenses i don’t know why…i tried to do i much i can n it was almost 15min

  • Hey Leo, i’m Sebastián. I have had a consuming anxiety all of my life. Nails bitten, bleeding lips, tics, you name it. Once i ate a piece of wood furniture (no kidding). Much of my life I have been a drug user, drugs that helped me calm all that anxiety but had consequences for my health (memory loss and lack of concentration) and social (chosen isolation basically). A month ago I lost my job and a week ago I ran out of money for my drugs, and my anxiety has returned in a terrible way. Looking for ways to calm me down, I remembered that once a psychologist recommended meditation to me. I saw your video and right after sat down for 20 minutes. The 20 minutes went by faster than I thought and after that I felt tremendous calm. I could have sat there saying nothing for five more minutes (five minutes is enough on me, eh).
    I just wanted to thank you and wish you good luck. For my part, I am going to face the 30-day challenge, although I sincerely believe that I will apply meditation every time I feel anxious during the day.

    Greetings, Sebastián.

  • Dopamine Fasting is trending. But one can do Zen Dopamine Redox Niyama too. An anti-oxidant rich drink like Indian Black Tea is a start…
    btw, one of the simplest goals of The DF is just to get a good sense of the word Dopamine and sense its activeness in your body.

  • i meditated yesterday 2nd time i put 7 chakra healing music from youtube and laid down and cleared my mind let off all the energy in my body and geuss what? it worked it whas amazing after 10 min it whas like my body wasnt there anny more it whas like im flying trough a universe it whas like an calm ocean going trough me……it whas like i whas flying between the clouds i enjoyed it so much that i could do 50 min session amazing…..result i have very explosive character sometimes i feel much calmer now, i feel total diffrent person today because i feel calm relaxed so i gonna go on with meditation….im in search for years to find my peace in myself and by meditation i feeled that peace for once…..even had pain in my underback after the meditation the pain whas much less than before….i do believe meditation helps on many areas healing against stress depression and all that stuff i gonna try it tonight again……my arms where like magnets in the session if i gentle tilted them up it whas like magnet pulling back down its amazing feeling…..i feeled like i whas on whole other level also…..so i geuss my meditation session for the 2nd time whas big succes……correct me but is that where meditation is all about? greetings reggy

  • What conclusion can we know to be true, that is in the mystery of the unknown? Can we be the mystery of what we are, without the knower having to know?