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To meditate properly, you need to be sitting in the full lotus position on top of a mountain just before the sun rises.

As the rays of the celestial body crest the horizon, an eagle will land near you. If this does not happen, you’ve done it wrong and will gain no benefits whatsoever from the meditation. Walk the 17 miles back to your car and try again tomorrow.

Ok, I lied about all that. But seriously, meditation is one of those practices that can seem daunting to get into. There are so many ways to practice it: Vipassana, Zazen, Loving-Kindness, you name it. It’s heavily tied into religion, spirituality, and philosophy.

So where does someone with no meditation experience start?

Fortunately, there is no one “right way” to meditate. As we’ll discuss in this episode, meditation is a topic with many different layers and levels of practice. If you want, you can join the Tendai Buddhist monks in Japan and spend seven years walking daily ultra-marathons in a quest for enlightenment.

You can also sit on a chair and focus on your breath. Or, at an even simpler (but still meaningful) level, you can simply commit to focusing your attention on whatever you’re doing in the present moment instead of dwelling on what’s coming up in the future.

In this episode, we’ll dive into the different purposes of meditation, cover some methods of practice, and also dig into some of the health benefits it can provide.

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Timestamps:

  • 0:01:45 – Walking meditation and the definition of meditation
  • 0:08:12 – Why and how Martin meditates
  • 0:14:55 – Being present-minded and not always impatient
  • 0:29:23 – Sacrificing your current happiness for the sake of future-proofing
  • 0:35:24 – Sponsor: StoryBlocks (Graphic design assets)
  • 0:38:28 – The mental processes Tom and Martin go through when meditating
  • 0:46:29 – How your brain reacts to external stimuli
  • 0:52:01 – Examples of different types of meditation
  • 0:54:56 – Scientific studies on the benefits of meditation
  • 0:58:29 – Tips to start meditating and conclusion

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