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I’ve been Meditating for 30 days.

For the past year, I’ve been meditating off and on. I hadn’t been too serious about it until one day recently, I realized my energy was low and I felt I wasn’t recovering quickly enough from my workouts. I thought, maybe now it’s time … so, for the past 30 days, I’ve been meditating every day.

WHY MEDITATE?

We live in a stressful world. From social media to our jobs, there is so much competing for our time and attention. We are one of the wealthiest societies in history, yet stress and anxiety are on on the rise – something clearly isn’t working. The pandemic has been the final straw for countless of us and we’ve realized we may need some kind of relief or something might need to be changed.

Maybe meditation could help out in some way? But will it do anything?

Meditation has many reported benefits, some of which are the following:

  1. Reducing Stress
  2. Promote emotional health /reduce anxiety
  3. Improve sleep
  4. Be more present / mindful

HOW TO MEDITATE AND HOW LONG?

For the longest time, I had always heard about meditation but never really thought too much about it. At the beginning of the pandemic, like everyone else, I was also looking for things to do. So, I went on to YouTube and started searching for videos.

I found hundreds with titles like ‘Guided Sleep Meditation’, ‘Guided Meditation for Anxiety’ or ‘Meditation for Deep Relaxation’ – the list was massive.

I arbitrarily tried one video, ‘Guide Meditation for Relaxation’ It was one person speaking in a very relaxing voice with music in the background, guiding you through a one-hour relaxation session with an emphasis on breathing and affirmations.

After that first experience, I felt very calm and relaxed and I believe it soothed my mind but I didn’t continue consistently until this past month.

You can meditate anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. For me, I like to lay in my bed with a pair of headphones for about an hour in the afternoon, or I’ll do a sleep meditation in the evening for about half an hour. If I find I don’t have time, even a quick 10-minute one can fit the bill.

WHAT I FOUND

After 30 days, this is what I’ve noticed:

  1. I feel more relaxed. Essentially, your brain gets a bit of a break during the meditation.
  2. I think I am more present and I’m not thinking too much about the past or future. Meditation can help with those restless thoughts because you’re focusing on your breathing in the moment.
  3. I don’t feel as physically tired – essentially, the longer sessions are like naps, so yes, it kind of makes sense.
  4. I think I feel less stress. I don’t worry as much (See #2 – being more present or mindful can help with worrying)

Anyways, I plan on continuing meditating and I think it will be an important part of my daily routine going forward.

Maybe next time, instead of watching a video for entertainment, why not check out a quick video on meditation?

As always, Health before Wealth!

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Career FIRE Personal Development Side Hustles

Personal Mission Statement

For years, I chased the high salary and job title – I also chased the money. I went to school and it was drilled into me to get a good management position. So, I did that – I went from job to job and tried to improve my title (and pay) with each new company. I started as an Inventory Clerk, then Accountant, to Accounting Manager and then finally, Controller.

BURNT OUT

And then one day, I knew I was done. It was over. I knew that I would no longer continue on to the next logical step – CFO. I was burnt out.

For a long time, I did what I was expected or whatever people thought I should do. I worked in some jobs that made me dread getting up in the morning, but they were ‘good jobs’ and looked even better on my resume. The media bombards us with images of what success is supposed to look like and don’t get me started on peer pressure and other people’s opinions and expectations – I thought I was successful. I was somewhat part of the rat race, I guess and didn’t listen to my own needs, wants or desires. I needed a change or a way to help shepherd me through trying times.

MISSION STATEMENT

So, I developed my own Personal Mission Statement.

What is a mission statement? I guess you can say it’s a set of overall goals for a person or organization – it’s a statement of purpose. It’s like a rudder through a storm or a way to guide us down a winding road when you can’t see what’s around the next bend.

Here is my current mission statement and it consists of 3 sentences:

1.) I want to see new things.

2.) I want to meet new people.

3.) I want to learn new skills.

That’s it. If you notice, there is no mention of money here. Obviously, money is important because we have to pay bills but it is no longer the single driving force in my life.

I’m sure my mission statement will change over time but it has definitely affected how I live my life. I am still a Controller because, to be honest, I have a mortgage to pay, but I now work in a good, small company where I enjoy going to work each day but who knows what will happen next?

It’s a process. I have now started side hustles and my next opportunities or life experiences will be guided by my mission statement.