From the moment we start school, we are taught to play. There is certainly a lot of benefit to play. Although, the older we become the less we do it, we lose connection with our own interests and become distracted by material factors such as money or a new promotion. Our minds and bodies become less of a priority while we focus on larger goals for the well-being of others.
Meditation and mindfulness are two topics that have interested me for a while now. Ever since Tim Ferriss mentioned in Tools of Titans that 80% of all the guests interviewed in his book perform some type of mindfulness practice daily, I’ve been experimenting with it daily as well. This immediately changed the way I saw meditation. It helps you feel more calm and has been scientifically proven to increase empathy, happiness as well as self-awareness. It also has physical benefits such as an increase in antibodies resulting in a stronger immune system. Not only do I think meditation is helpful, I think it should be mandatory. Especially nowadays in today’s overwhelming society full of Facebook notifications and Instagram DM’s, everyone should learn how to have a consistent source of relaxation always available to them. My practice has benefited my social interactions, my health and more than anything my mental well-being. I feel in control of how I feel and no longer rely on external sources of happiness. Continue reading “Meditation 101”