Topic: meditation without meditation
Conclusion: using audiobooks for altering your state of consciousness is meditative
Length: very short; 1-2 minutes
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Meditation means mindful thinking
Meditation isn’t about incense, weird positions, mantras, non-thinking or any such nonsense.
Meditation is about just being. Being you, not a reflection of others and a mindless reaction to stimulus.
Forget gurus, forget transcendence, forget most of what you have heard about meditation, except one thing:
Meditation is a valuable tool
I created this series (Perspective, Meaning, Exertion) of articles on perspective and the meaning of life from a 5 minute meditation session, and this one, about applying the scientific method, from an audio book meditative session of focused listening and thinking.
Meditation is way too valuable and important to be left to professionals
Personally, I like mindful breathing, sometimes just one deep breath, sometimes five, sometimes as many as a hundred, sometimes very slow, sometimes forcefully and fast. But there are so many other ways to harness the power of your brain.
I also like meditative thinking — sitting still with my eyes closed, concentrating on a specific word or question or topic for five minutes, doing mind maps in my mind, going over wider and wider connections between words, concepts, logical conclusions, potential actions and consequences. When I’m done I write it all, or just the conclusion, down in a physical mind map.
When I say “I’ll think about it”, that’s what I do. Deep work on tap. I really think about it in a focused way, both structured and unstructured at the same time. During such a thinking session of 3-10 minutes I want complete silence and solitude. That’s where value is created, that’s where the neocortex really goes to work.
So, I like to sit and meditate, or “think” as I like to call it not to scare non-meditaters away. But you can meditate in so many other ways (I’ve written about some of those before, such as touching interesting surfaces, watching everyday objects from new perspectives, doing body scans before going to sleep etc.); why not during massage, or a walk in nature, or listening to an engaging audiobook?
Audiobook state of mind
Yes, that’s right, audiobooks. If you can’t come up with good seeds for your own thinking, books like Sapiens, Principles or The Beginning Of Infinity can be the perfect starting points for what to think about. Walk in an effortless pace, somewhere you won’t get disturbed and lose your train of thought, preferably with sound cancelling headphones (I love my Bose in-ear) and let yourself become immersed in the ideas and narrative, pondering every statement as deep as you have capacity for.
Do not let anything get by you without understanding it, without coming up with your own conclusions and implications.
Do this for at least half an hour with no notifications, no phone calls, no irrelevant sounds. It’s like a SPA weekend for your brain; you’ll feel at peace, blissfull, and refreshed when you change your state of consciousness back to take in the physical world again.
Conclusion – think about it
Think about it.
I.e., meditate on it.
If you don’t have 5 minutes and definitely is too weak for ten minutes, try just one minute of fully aware and directed and mindful, albeit unstructured, thinking. If your mind wanders and your thoughts stray, try another minute some other day until you are able to actually create thoughts and knowledge deliberately, instead of spending all your waking hours reacting to other peoples whims and wishes.
Think about this post and whether you agree, how you can adapt the methods, when you could schedule daily meditative moments and so on. Then follow through.
Remember where you read this: mikaelsyding.com/meditation
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