How To Meditate Like a Monk and Skip The 20 Year Learning Curve

Erik Heyl // Content Marketing

Build a Habit, Reap a Destiny…

Even in today’s more enlightened society, meditation is not something that is mainstream, and still has a bit of “woowoo” scepticism surrounding it. Some even think that the practice is a scam and a distraction.

And that’s what I thought too.

Until the day it saved my life…

At the time, I had been going through job loss and my marriage was also undergoing struggles. We couldn’t agree on anything, and we were broke, almost losing our place twice. And our old friends never really came around to see us since we’d moved. I felt isolated, alone, and had a cold feeling in my soul. And one day, it got to be too much so I went up to the roof of my building and quite literally on the edge, contemplated ending it. One big pain, and it would be over.

But that’s when my “voice” inside me whispered, asking if I could really do this to my Mum and Dad, and worse, to my wife.

And the answer that came back was a resounding <insert favourite expletive> NO!

I knew that therapy was too expensive, and so I dedicated a lot of time to researching and came across a company, with a product that sounded like it would fit. I ordered the first level and while it took awhile to create the habit, eventually it brought to the surface what was hurting me and while I wasn’t the easiest to live with because of it, daily practice helped me get through it, saving my life and marriage. And I still meditate today.

I KNOW that even with 10 minutes, meditation can make your overall life better and increase your mental health. 

But how do you get started?

Decide and Commit

You might think that you need a pillow, or an app to start, but while these will help, you just need to decide to commit to doing it daily. Block out some time, to sit quietly with eyes closed, and slow your breathing.

Not only with this calm you in the middle of a stressful day, but you’ll also feel more focused.

Start Small

Don’t be too concerned about how long you’re doing this. There’s no reason to try to sit for an hour or even half an hour, if you’re struggling to find the time. Just schedule in 10 minutes a day, which you could do on your lunch break. When you’re starting out, shorter sessions will be more effective as you can do it and quickly get on with your day.

Consistency is Key

Remember, you’re building a habit. If you don’t feel you can do the full amount, try just one minute. That way, you build the consistency of your practice without feeling guilty for skipping a day. Just like with exercise, you’re building up your “meditation muscle” and if you try to do too much at once, you’ll likely quit.

Tools? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Tools

 At this point, you might think that you need an app, special pillow, incense, darkening shades and other things to get rolling. While some of that can help (see my next article for a list of what I use), it is absolutely not necessary. 

All you really need to do is:

1. Block out a set time every day. This can be as little as 10 minutes a day.

2. Designate a place where you can meditate uninterrupted for your set time. This does not mean you need to contort yourself, buy beads or be uncomfortable. My best meditations have been slightly reclined in my easy chair.

That said, I’ll be sharing some of the tools and apps I use in a future post, so be on the lookout for that…

You’re ready! (That was easy, wasn’t it?)

Pro Tip: What you don’t want to do is meditate in very low light or darkness. While you can, you’ll likely find the temptation to fall asleep to be overwhelming, so you’ll want some natural light or failing that a nice lamp or candles.

Start with a Guide

Of course, you’ll need a starting point. I’d recommend using a guided meditation. This is where you have an instructor guide you through how to position your body, how to breathe properly and what to do when your mind wanders. 

Over time, as you build the habit, you’ll naturally move onto unguided meditations, with no instructor, and even meditations for specific goals (such as more self-confidence, compassion, or even money mindset).

Another thing to consider is that you can and should vary it up. Just because you start with one meditation track doesn’t mean that you can’t change the next day.

Start Today Your Mind Will Thank You!

So, how can meditation save your life? It allows you to slow down during a busy day and not only relax your body, it also lets your mind relax and process things. Often things like suicide or mental breakdowns happen because we are overwhelmed and cannot see a way out. With meditation, you allow your mind and body the break they need to assess and make changes. 

Your focus increases, as does your tolerance for the way life comes at you. In fact, as I’ve discovered, the more consistently you meditate, the easier it is to cope with things that once would have completely stressed you out. Less stress equals a longer, healthier life. And that’s what meditation gives you.

In Top 8 Resources to Get Your Zen On, I list some of the tools I’ve used over the years that have helped me stay on track and enhance my results. Stay Tuned!

About the Author

I've always loved to write and when I came across copywriting and content marketing, I knew this was it for me. But what does that mean "for you"?

You'll have someone in your corner that will take your emails and punch them up (sales letters too!), and if content is your game, the last thing you want is something that tries to speak to everyone, or that sounds robotic.

I always write as if I'm having a conversation with a friend.

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Erik Heyl