How Effective Is Mindfulness and Meditation? Here Is The Truth

Mindfulness and Meditation

While they go hand in hand

both mindfulness and meditation can be separate.

Let’s dive into the topic of whether either of these really are effective.

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The Truth About Using Meditation

About 5 years ago I was depressed, overweight and living in a constant state of anxiety.

After going to a holistic doctor, a psychiatrist, and a personal trainer I started to regain some of that confidence and peace of mind.

But it wasn’t until stumbling upon (literally using stumbleupon.com) something called binaural beats and a few different types of meditation that I felt I could control my thoughts, and well, the path to my life.

Let’s stop here real quickly.

There is a problem with the way today’s society views meditation.

We look at people who meditate in two different camps.

The newfound hipsters who only eat raw organic vegetables and get a quick meditation in between saving the pets at the local kill shelter, and straight Buddhist monks preaching enlightenment.

I’m not knocking either of these groups of people.

Actually, they both seem like pretty good routes.

But, for the people who don’t like one, or both, I want to shed the light on what meditation really is.

Sitting there peacefully, fully breathing, and living in presence.

sitting there presently

Oh, my god, that sounds so bad, even worse than the hipsters. 

Yes, I know it seems like sitting quietly with our thoughts (even though they should be minimal during mediation) is scary since we actually never sit quietly alone anymore.

Especially with all of the technology, social circles, and constant involvements everyone needs in each other’s life.

Again I want to reiterate.

All you have to do to meditate is sit there and focus on your breath.

So now that we solved the first piece of the puzzle lets jump into the second since it falls in line with meditation.

Mindfulness or Living in the Moment.

Man holding crystal ball in landscape

For one brief second out of your busy day please stop.

Now this is going to be a really quick exercise and I hope that you can take some time to do it with me.

Look around. 

I mean really look.

See the details and the beauty of what is around you.

This world is amazing and by stopping and looking for a second you get a glimpse of what our hectic days make us miss out on.

Now listen.

Really listen to the sounds around you.

Maybe the buzz of a fan, the chirping of birds, or the sound of rain against your window.

Wow, this is truly something I have been missing. 

I know right.

It seems that due to our instant messaging, amazon prime shipments, and video game playing, we don’t realize what truly is around us.

Beauty lies everywhere and the way to find it is mindfulness.

Now quickly pat yourself on the back because if you followed the exercise you are on your way to becoming more and more mindful.

Mindfulness quite literally is the quality or state of being aware or conscious of something. 

And by doing this we will become ever present with our world slowly allowing inactivity, and negative thoughts (especially self-consciousness) to fall away.

Eckhart Tolle and A Brief Guide To Mindfulness

power of now

A while back, my mentor and now good buddy, Greg O’gallagher of Kinobody.com, taught me about a guy named Eckhart Tolle.

Even though his message appears and sounds a bit strange, his message in The Power of Now was astonishing.

As I read the book I literally felt enamored and sucked into mindfulness.

Listening to the audiobook I would go on walks truly looking and feeling for what felt like the first time.

P.S. Thanks Greg

But, it wasn’t until then that I truly realized how beneficial mindfulness and meditation truly are.

(If you want to pick up a copy of that book you can get it here)

The True Power of Mindfulness and Meditation

Huzzah

You finally made it to the section I was waiting for you to get to.

The one where I divulge all the dark powers that mindfulness and meditation have instilled in me and what it can do for you.

First off, I take no responsibility for the amazing life that will define you as you master these habits (although, a little credit would be nice 😉 )

Your First Noticeable Change

Start first with mindfulness.

Open yourself up to experiencing the world around you.

What you will feel is an almost instant sense of calmness (bonus points if you do it barefoot and in nature as the grounding and scenery will help even more.)

Anxiety destroyed, negativity relinquished.

Easy right?

When you’re hungry for more

Start meditating.

Besides, from the worry free life that you will be experiencing from mindfulness, the reduced blood pressure, the instant positivity and ability to shape your mood anytime you feel like it (by focusing on the present)

Shit is about to get Cramazing (crazy + amazing)

Sometimes I like to make up words, and I’m not sorry about it.

Anyway, when you start focusing on your breath you will start to see a noticeable difference in your life.

Now you understand people and reactions more.

You start to want to do more, be better, and improve your health.

health

Life becomes something worth living for as you realize how lucky you truly are for being here and that meditation has taught you how to achieve nirvana much easier (nothing to do with Kurt Kobain)

But even better.

You begin to self-correct.

What the hell does that mean?

Well, it quite literally means that the more you meditate the stronger your ability to change yourself and shape your life.

First, it starts with you being able to recognize and subdue thoughts during your practice.

And as you practice more and more you can start to use it natively within speech.

I mean I can quite literally start talking and auto-correct my words before they come out of my mouth (and half the time that doesn’t even work for this blog.)

Meditation leads to this major ability to take control of your life and start mastering it.

The Dreaded Downsides of Mindfulness and Meditation

Well before I go I thought I would leave you with the whole picture.

When you start to perform these something will happen and I am sorry about it.

Those toxic people in your life will naturally flee from you, and the hours you used to spend watching Netflix and “chilling” will become a lot more productive (don’t worry you will get even luckier than before.)

These are the cons about mindfulness and meditation that we have to live with.

I have been doing it for years, and well…

I feel Fantamazing (fantastic and amazing)

Okay, I know that one didn’t really work…

Oh well.

But truth be told, these are two habits that everyone desperately needs.
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Have an amazing day, and keep killing it.

-Austin

 

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2 Comments

  1. Joe Weaver on May 14, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Interesting article, Austin. I’ve been doing Transcendental Meditation regularly for a little over 40 years, and I really enjoy the results in my daily life. In fact, the most pronounced effect of meditation was how it changed my habits – the longer I did it the easier it became to drop old negative habits and replace them with positive new ones.

    However, my experience during meditation is a lot different than what you describe. Instead of becoming more aware and mindful of my thoughts, my experience has been that my mind naturally is drawn to a place of deep peace and restfulness where thoughts become less and less. Sometimes I will sit to meditate, close my eyes and when I look at the clock 20 minutes have gone by and all I remember is being enveloped in a deep restful awareness. Afterwards I feel incredibly refreshed and energetic.

    I credit meditation as the main reason I have great health and vitality at the age of 65. The combination of good habits and the anti aging effects of meditation have also given me a lean muscular body that looks much younger than my years. Google my name and you’ll see what I mean.

    All the best to you. I hope you and your readers experience the very real rewards of a long term meditation practice.

    • austin on May 17, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Joe It Really means a lot. Hope your doing well!

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