I have a confession to make: I don’t use the mediation files that come with the ‘starter pack’ that we encourage our readers to download once they have purchased a copy of our Live in the Present book.
Why not Ed, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve thought long and hard about it and I think I’m finally coming close to answering that question. First of all, let’s look at the definition of the word ‘meditate‘:
2. To think deeply or carefully about (something)
Now, that allows me to leave behind the notion that meditation is about shutting off your mind completely, rather it allows you to shut off your mind to all but one thing.
I like to be inspired. I have no trouble relaxing, unwinding and generally not worrying about things (just ask my poor wife who despairs of my laid-back nature). Heck, I NEED inspiration to gear me up for the day ahead. I work alone most of the time so I haven’t got the benefit of a team of people and a shared energy source when working on a project (aside from my bi-weekly LITP meetings with Sean & Rie).
So rather than spending a quiet 5 minutes in the morning in silence I like to listen to some energetic music or watch a short video such as the one about (click here to see it). I’ll usually then be able to hit the ground running for the day and plough through my design work before lunch time.
There is no right or wrong way to live in your present. This is just one technique I use to make the most of my time.
How about you? Do you meditate regularly? Let us know in the comments below.