Last Updated on October 14, 2020 by Paul Farrell, MRP, JD, PhD
Start meditating today!
Remember “the four rules” in the future
anything you love doing will be your meditation
How do you know if you’ve got the right meditation for you? Well, first of all, you’ve come a long way knowing what’s doesn’t work – just knowing that you’re one of the four out of five Americans who’ve already tried sitting meditation and know it is not the best way for you. Still, you live in a high-pressure world, you’ve heard that meditation has benefits, and you’re persistent.
The Ten Day Meditation Challenge
So how can you find out what’s right for you? Here’s a little experiment: Start with the next ten days, then work out the details over the coming months. Start today and pick some of your favorite experiences in all four zones and practice the four basic rules in each.
You might, for example try some simple count-to-ten breathing, a walk at lunch, jogging, or listening to your favorite music while commuting to work. You decide the activity. Then focus and apply the basic rules. This is your experiment.
Then continue one day at a time, expanding your efforts for ten days. Go slow. On day two you might try it while writing in your journals, reading to your child, or on your the next trip to the health club, meditate in sauna. Each day go back, read about a new way people meditate. Try different ones that fit your personally. Use the four rules.
Do What You Love And Trust The Meditation Will Follow
Each day focus on some activity you already love doing. Stay totally in the moment while doing it – for a few seconds, minutes or maybe even for hours. Practice meditating whenever the mood hits you. Eventually you’ll discover that your whole life is filled with opportunities to meditate – that your life is a meditation. However, for now, the next ten days, just focus and meditate consciously on activities that feel right without pushing it. And remember, there is no wrong way, only your way. Trust yourself, you will find it.
That’s the test, that’s how you know that what you’re doing is the right way to meditate – it comes naturally and you love doing it! The focusing on the moment is easy. And whatever you pick to work on, you’re passionate about it! Trust that knowing. You’ll see how easy it is to lock on and focus on what you’re doing because it makes you feel better about yourself and you enjoy doing it. Meditation is not medicine. If it’s not right, you’ll know, move on, try something else, make sure you feel good while trying this approach.
Join The Club! Discover How To Get Rich In Spirit & In Fact
Need help? If you’re in your favorite bookstore or at home, find a comfortable chair, sit for a while and read a few chapters that sound familiar to you. See how millions of people find ways of meditating by trial and error: running, painting, gardening, walking, listening to music, playing golf, yoga, dance, fly-fishing, writing, tennis, reading, rock climbing, sitting in a sauna, volunteering, the list goes on. Each has discovered a new way of meditating that works for them.
Find Your Own Way
You have to find your own way. Fortunately, millions are already blazing a trail. Why? Because it’s natural, instinctive and easy to do. You meditate by doing something you love, you focus, you do it with passion, you chose your own way of meditating. It’s easier than you think. In fact, you’re probably already doing it!
That’s the program: Today, ten days, a month, a year, and then continue on, make it a lifetime of meditating, make meditation a way of life and live a healthier, happier, more successful life. Come join the club!
About the Author
Dr. Farrell is a Behavioral Economist. His books include The Millionaire Code; The Millionaire Meditation: Stress Management for Wall Street, Corporate America & Entrepreneurs; The Zen Millionaire; The Winning Portfolio; Expert Investing on The Net; Mutual Funds on The Net; and The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing.
He also published 1,643 columns on DowJones-MarketWatch and for years was their #1 traffic-generating columnist. Before the Internet, he edited & published FNX: Future News Index, a financial newsletter for stock market traders. Earlier he was a Wall Street investment banker with Morgan Stanley, Executive Vice President of the Financial News Network; and Associate Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
He has a Doctorate in Psychology, Juris Doctor, Masters in Regional Planning and Bachelor of Architecture. He worked on the Esalen organic farm and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as Staff Sergeant in aviation computer technology.