Insights from 10% Happier by Dan Harris
There’s a reason why business people, lawyer, and marines have embraced meditation. There’s no magic or mysticism required- it’s just exercise. If you do the right amount of reps, certain things will happen, reliably and predictably” Dan Harris
Success is not a cure to depression, as author Dan Harris shared his experience as a successful person, yet depressed. In the light of this, he found a solution and he shared in his book.
It is the science of Mindfulness, he found out meditation has nothing to do with spirituality, it’s just a form of exercise for your brain, it’s a way to not get jerked around by the thoughts in your head. It’s a way to get over the worry and the endless wanting we allow into our lives.
It’s easy he said, you don’t have to take a week retreat, you can do it in five minutes a day, you just have to sit down, close your eyes and pay attention to the feelings of your breath
The brain, the organ of experience, through which our entire lives are led, can be trained. Happiness is a skill, it can be learned and trained he said.
So what happens when I start Meditating?
Less Reactionary: What mindfulness does is create space in your head so you can, as the Buddhist say ‘respond’ rather than simply ‘react’. It gives you the ability to detach and observe a situation, without impulsively reacting. It is a temperament essential for leadership.
More Resilient: ‘Firm but kind’ is the smarter way to success, it supersedes harsh self critism. Don’t kill yourself, every successful person fails at something. Listening to Akin Alabi just made this make sense.
Less fearful: Striving is fine, as long as it’s tempered by the realization that, in an entropic universe, the final outcome is out of your control. I always say major on your major and minor on your minor leave the rest for God, you can’t influence the rain or the wind so calm down.
More Present: That awkward moment when someone is looking at you. But they are not even here, they are far gone. “many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment.
“Every time you get lost in thought which you will, thousands of times gently return to the breath. I cannot stress strongly enough that forgiving you and starting over is the whole game. As my friend and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg has written, ‘Beginning again and again is the actual practice, not a problem to overcome so that one day we can come to the ‘real’ meditation.’” – Dan Harris
As an individual I will continue to meditate
Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest