About a year ago I started a six-month trial of the nootropic supplement Alpha Brain by Onnit Labs. This video is a no-BS review of what I found.
Your third lesson and guided mindfulness meditation.
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When I began meditating, a lot of negative emotions came up for me. This is supposed to make me feel better isn’t it? It was the opposite of what I thought should be happening.
But I was wrong.
What happens is that your awareness begins to expand. Imagine for a moment your mind is like a house, it has tidy rooms that you look at every day. But it also has a dark basement where lots of things are stored, and you never go down there. It’s where all the ‘bad stuff’ is.
But, it’s also where the foundations are.
After meeting my fiancee and falling deeply in love, I’ve spent a lot of time over these five years thinking about what makes us go together so well.
Especially given how much we’ve both changed in that time.
It feels to me like we’re more in love now than ever, even though we’re now two totally different people to who we were. We’ve each been a huge influence on each other, and somehow grown with each other. Complementary. And we’re definitely in a better place in our lives now than we were.
Did we get lucky?
Here’s a funny look at what gear I use to meditate, and how I got to this point.
Something you might not think about meditation: it can be hard on your body in the beginning. If you’ve had a back injury like me, just sitting still for more than a few minutes can be agony. You aren’t going to get into the meditative state very easily like that.
So check out the video to see what I went through to get to where I am today.
The two most helpful concepts to learn when going through the awakening process would have to be resistance and acceptance.
You’ll certainly be familiar with the first one, resistance (even if you haven’t identified it as such).
But what about acceptance? And how can that help with the process, and help us lead a life “in flow?”
To help illustrate these elements, take a look over my shoulder as I discuss this with a client:
If you want to wake up early and get out of bed, here’s an easy answer:
Have a kid. When your child wakes, it’s action stations! You’ll never sleep in again.
Kidding aside, if you want a more practical and self-controlled solution, you might try this next idea.
We have some good friends that live right around the corner who told me a story of their 5-year-old daughter. She had an absolute intense desire to own a cat. It became all she talked about.
But chances for actually getting the cat were slim-to-none, as her father is allergic to them and didn’t want one around.
She used what I call Transformational Realization.