Looking for some YouTube videos for meditation? I have a suggestion that I recently came across that may be good for you.
Thank you for joining me on my Quest for Fitness, and in this case, mental fitness. This is day 2 on a journey to figure out what this mystical Meditation stuff is all about. The other day I came across a real good video that I want to give some attention to, which other newbies may find useful.
The “No Bullshit” Guide to Meditation
It’s got a pretty catchy name, right?
Yeah I stumbled on it while looking for a good guide to give me some more insight the other day and stumbled onto this little gem. For the record I have no previous history with the channel, or Actualized.org for that matter. Never even heard of them, but after watching this video I am more than willing to check out more of their content.
Thank goodness for the Internet, always giving us access to unlimited amounts of useful resources. Stuff like this can save you from having to travel around the world in order to learn cool skills – like meditation.
So in the video, Leo breaks down not only his own history and reasons for meditating, but also how it works as well. There is really some good stuff to learn here, especially the analogy about the drunken crazed monkey.
Crazy, Drunken Monkey
The analogy is basically that your mind is like a monkey that is not only crazy, but liquored up as well. And until you take the time to work on things like relaxing your mind and training your focus, you have no control over it. The monkey is worse for some than it is for others, and some people with mental health issues (like Anxiety for example) get it extra bad.
Leo relates meditation to the idea of going to the gym, which I completely agree with after taking some time to make sense of it all. Training your mind is building mental strength for you, among the many other benefits. That mental strength is going to help you concentrate for longer, rationalize and overcome your fears, and so on. Ultimately we seek to calm the monkey, and therefore gain the ability to calm our minds at will.
It all sounds a bit difficult perhaps, or it did for me at least, but I am overthinking it for the most part. Meditation is supposed to be about calm, emptiness, etc. and here I am thinking I need to concentrate real hard and bust hump to get good at meditation. Turns out, it’s a lot simpler than that – just learning to accept thoughts and emotions has helped clear the way for me.
I’m open to any other metaphors and analogies that people might have. It helps to really understand what you’re talking about since meditation can be so abstract at first.
I sometimes think of the mind like a pendulum that is swinging wildly back and forth, and no matter how hard you “try” you can’t get it to slow down or stop. Like the monkey, we need to calm our own minds if we hope to steady that pendulum.
Slowly but surely this whole meditation thing becomes a little less mysterious and starts to make a lick of sense. I know it’s only been a short while but I’ve been really enjoying it so far. I know at first it’s hard to see any kind of results, so be good to yourself and give yourself a chance to grow.
On that note specifically, I recently watched a TEDx talk online that warmed me up to the idea of learning new skills in life. The fellow (can’t remember the name right now) was explaining how if you give anything a decent chance and have the right approach mentally, any seemingly normal person can learn just about anything.
The trick is not so much a trick as it is a method to success.
Give any new skill about 20 hours before you make any serious calls about continuing or quitting. In those 20 hours, you want to dedicate some honest practice and your full concentration. Also, be sure to remove possible distractions (like your phone or TV, for example). Don’t do all the hours at once either – maybe do daily segments of 30-45 minutes at a time.
The other great idea is being able to break any task down into smaller bite-sized pieces that are much easier to consume. This will allow just about anybody to master any skill over time, without a doubt.
Take Algebra for example: 5(20-5)= x
It looks scary at first glance, but so does your tax information or learning a language. But if you break it into smaller, more manageable steps then it becomes a lot easier.
x = 5(20-5)
x = 5(15)
x = 75
BEDMAS is the acronym, the key to spelling out the steps for us.
And honestly, you can apply that same kind of approach to many other of life’s challenges. I won’t talk anymore about Math, but I do hope that it helped to make sense of things.
So lastly, thank you for reading my humble blog and I hope you have a fantastic day. Feel free to share your stories and knowledge of meditation down below.
Train Safe, folks!