A Strange Practice That Can Rid You Of Stress…
Whether or not you’re into literature, chances are good you’ve at least heard of Walden, the famous book by Henry David Thoreau.
Or at least you’ve heard its most famous quote:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
That book was written in 1854. The US was in the middle of an economic boom and there was all sorts of challenge and adventure available, but the majority of men at that time still felt that life was… just something to get through.
Think of that – in a world before mass shootings and Antifa attacks and stock market crashes, the people felt desperate and stifled.
Stress and Desperation is at an All Time High
We’re constantly bombarded by thousands of messages – emails with long lists of meaningless tasks to do, news stories that depress us, and ads designed to make us feel bad.
We’re facing the warnings of an upcoming economic crash – right as millions of us start to approach retirement age.
We’re watching our life expectancy decline year after year – and that’s something that hasn’t happened since the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918!
Yes, it’s true, our lives are busier, sicker, and more stress-filled than ever.
This is a problem with a compound effect, too – we’re so stressed we can’t breathe, which in turn makes us more stressed, which leads to a decline in performance, which creates – you guessed it – more stress.
To counteract this, we need to find a way to look in and reconnect with our purpose – a way to clear our minds and restore balance so we can move forward again.
There’s no better way to do this than with meditation.
I know, I know, it sounds bogus. When you think of meditation, maybe you think of laying down peacefully in a candlelit room, or sitting on the floor with crossed legs chanting, “OM!” in a room with other like-minded hippie types.
That’s not all it is.
If you’ve never tried meditation because you think it’s strange, or if you have and it hasn’t worked for you, that’s ok.
Standard meditation practices are not the only way to find the stillness within. A practice called active meditation can give you the same fantastic results. Even better – you won’t have to lay there endlessly just wishing your mind would quiet down long enough for you to focus.
The Importance of Meditation
Meditation is clinically proven to reduce stress.
A meditation practice of just 10 minutes a day is proven to lessen anxiety and relieve stress. The very act of meditation reduces the presence of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in your bloodstream. At the same time, it raises levels of serotonin – aka the “feel good” hormone.
A meditation practice can boost your immune system.
Along with lower stress hormones, you’ll also experience higher antibodies and less inflammation. This spells better health, less pain, and fewer illnesses for you.
Active meditation helps you lose weight.
All meditation burns calories – yes, even the laying down and chanting kind. Active meditation burns even more. In addition to this, you’ll be able to make better food choices, you’ll have a better self image, and you’ll even sleep better. This all points to losing weight without even necessarily trying to.
Meditation – active or passive – benefits your cardiovascular health.
This is where it gets really crazy. Just about anything heart-related can be helped with a regular 10 minute a day meditation practice. Blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption… studies show that all of these can be improved drastically with meditation.
And finally – perhaps most importantly…
Active meditation helps you regain focus in a world that’s trying to keep you distracted, unhappy, and quietly desperate.
Meditation helps you develop stronger focus. Instead of being dragged from one problem to another until you’re so overloaded you can’t think straight, you’ll be able to slow down and address issues one by one. You’ll be able to get in the zone when it’s time to perform, and you’ll be able to feel calm and present when it’s not.
There are so many benefits to meditation it’s hard to understand why anyone wouldn’t try it… but if you still feel like this can’t possibly work for you, I can explain why.
When you’re in a state of stress, it’s hard to calm down and reflect on your breathing. You spend so much time trying to quiet your monkey mind, you basically get no benefit at all.
Humans Were Made to Move
With so much of the day spent seated – first in an uncomfortable office chair, then reclining on your couch – it’s no wonder that sitting on the floor cross-legged just to check in with your mind feels impossible.
Active meditation fixes all of that.
Best of all, you don’t have to go anywhere to try this. OSHO International has some active meditation practices you can do in the comfort of your own home.
From breathing intentionally, to shaking, jumping, and spinning, they’re all based on very simple movements and designed to produce great results – almost immediately.
Think about it – it’s hard to worry about what’s going on in the world when you’re jumping up and down. After just a few minutes of this, you’ll notice a greater sense of calm – like your brain is reset somehow – and you’ll feel ready to move on again.
If you get active with intention, you’ll notice that instead of the constant nag of quiet desperation, you can find clarity. The body is meant to be active. We are creatures of creation and movement, so this makes a lot of sense.
Leave the stress and weight of modern life behind. Clear your mind and get back to who you really are and what you want from life.