“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”– Marcus Aurelius
Gym memberships have gone up 50% in the last 15 years. More and more people are realizing the health benefits of physical activity (or gyms are just getting better and better at marketing, probably both).
This number is fantastic, physical activity does so much good for the body and the mind. But to me, one muscle has been lacking exercise. We are quick to renew our gym memberships and exercise on a regular basis, we work out our bodies.
But what about our minds?
How often do you work out your brain? How often do you practice focus, practice mindfulness and exercise your mind in the habit of hard work?
How is it that we as a culture are increasingly advocating the physical upkeep of our bodies but so unaware and incompetent to the mental exercise of our brains? With rises in mental illness, stress and anxiety throughout our society, I can’t help but think there is a correlation here.
“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” – Saint Francis de Sales
I only recently began taking the training and exercising of my mind as seriously, if not more seriously, than the training of my body. Daily meditation practice is a journey that has led me to more mindfulness, presence, and quality of thought.
The problem I had, was working it into my daily routine, sticking with it and actually making progress. Progress in mediation is not physical or palpable, and it is so easy to be discouraged. Need more convincing
Today, I have a secret to share with you, one that has helped me to make meditation a part of my daily routine. It has helped me to make sense of meditation and put me on a one way, runaway train to mindfulness town. The secret is…