I am my own worst enemy. I am my own greatest ally. This is something I have come to realize over these past few weeks. As you may all be aware by now I am a great fan of reading. Where Nina is very busy with the effects of the foods we consume on our body I am obsessed with the effects of what we feed our minds and how it affects out thoughts. Just as junk food is a detriment to our bodies I am convinced that junk information is a detriment to our minds. If we spend the majority of our time consuming mass produced entertainment created for the very purpose of distracting us from day to day life we will inevitably end up with constantly distracted brains. Our inability to focus on what is important is becoming commonplace. That is why I have taken the conscious decision to meditate at least two hours a day. After reading “ Altered Traits ” by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson, in which they cut through the myths about meditation and the overstated benefits pulled out of context by people trying to make a couple of extra bucks, I have come to the conclusion that there is no reason not to exercise my brain. The reason for this is both a selfish and an altruistic one. I want to become a more centered, focussed and empathic person in order to become a better parent, partner and writer.
I myself, a long-time sufferer from depression and bouts of indecisiveness and procrastination, am already experiencing the benefits that mediation has brought me. Already I am experiencing more up moments than down moments. I have more energy to complete tasks that need doing and simply have more control over my everyday life. Like every skill meditation is something that must be trained and then mastered. It will feel silly at first but stick with it and it might be one of the most rewarding skills you will ever acquire, aiding you in all areas of your life, including parenting. If you read this and go: “I don’t have two hours a day to spare!” Do not worry. A mere 10-15 minutes per day will do just fine. The accumulated time and experience will aid you on whatever endeavour you are preparing to undertake in the future. Whatever you feed your brain will be returned to you. So try feeding it positive feelings and relaxation instead of stress and anxiety for a change. Good luck on your journey. The destination is a better and healthier you.