Meditation can take many different forms. It is for the most part a serene practice that includes a concentration on things that relax us or “better” us. For some that will be getting in their Bibles or in prayer. For others its a deep intense concentration on clearing the mind from the distractions of the world.
I don’t want to get in to all the forms and even the spirituality of meditation. But I do want to address the idea of bettering ourselves
What do I mean by that?
I am as guilty as the next person of this so don’t think I am on a soap box. When I really sit down and assess how much time I waste it is absolutely astonishing. The games on our phones, the shows on Netflix, the constant Facebook and Twitter feeds.
We live in a world of constant information that is available in an instant. When we wanna know something, we just Google it…..
We have successfully retrained our brains to not crave anything other than mundane mind numbing entertainment.
How many of us or the younger generation actually read books anymore. How many of us intentionally seek out ways to improve our legitimate knowledge of things and continue to to try and improve our intelligence.
I was having this conversation with a buddy of mine who owns a towing company in Memphis, sometimes as the owner he still has to hop in a truck which means most of his day is driving. Some of you may have jobs like this. He told me that he does his best to redeem his drive time and instead of listening to music he listens to things that better himself. Like business podcasts, or maybe some encouraging speakers, or some economics news. Talk radio is not always encouraging or bettering for us but some of us need some real information that helps us grow in our trade or in our understanding. Grant Cardone is a great place to start for business.
Whatever you find, or fits your interest, my encouragement to you is to simply find the time to invest in yourself. I began doing what my friend did and I found out that I don’t miss music nearly as much as I thought I would. I will listen to an audio book for a few weeks and then switch to some podcasts, and then go back to music for a couple weeks. You don’t necessarily have to give something up entirely but it is a way to make time for higher learning. Food for thought.