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I'm on day 122.

This quote by Naval Ravikant is 100% true:

“Proper meditation, proper examination should ruin the life that you’re currently living. It should cause you to leave relationships. It should cause you to re-establish boundaries with family members and colleagues. It should cause you to quit your job. It should cause you to change your eating patterns. It should cause you to spend more time with yourself. It should cause you to change what books you read. It should cause you to change who your friends are. If it doesn’t do that, it’s not real examination. If it doesn’t come attached with destruction of your current life, then you can’t create the new life in which you will not have the anxiety."

I don't mean it as a joke. It's more of a warning that he's 100% right. If you keep up with meditation for more than a few weeks, you'll have to deal with some very upsetting stuff.
 

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I don't mean it as a joke. It's more of a warning that he's 100% right. If you keep up with meditation for more than a few weeks, you'll have to deal with some very upsetting stuff
Interesting, care to elaborate?
 

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Interesting, care to elaborate?

The basis of spirituality (at least as taught by Michael A. Singer but also Buddhists) is that you don't need the outside world to feel okay. So the Western approach to life, things like setting goals and expecting that they'll make you happy, is the antithesis of this approach. Doesn't matter what it is: money, love, fame, a nice body, whatever you want, it won't give you what you really want because it doesn't come from the outside.

For example, previously I would set goals, writing down motivators like "if I make x amount of money, I'll feel peace of mind." Then meditation teaches you that you'll never get peace of mind through outside objects. It can only come from within, regardless of what's going on outside.

So you find yourself in this strange predicament where you're accustomed to manipulating the outside world to make yourself feel good (and that's particularly common for entrepreneurs). But at the same time, you lose belief that the pursuit of things can "fix" something. Ask yourself how long you feel joy after buying a new car or how many ultra-wealthy people are actually happy in their daily lives.

Until you learn how to operate purely out of your higher self (so for example being an entrepreneur out of empathy, compassion, creativity, love, joy, NOT out of greed, materialism, etc.), you're stuck in a difficult transition phase where you lose motivation.

This is one problem. Then there's all the questioning you start engaging in. Questioning your old beliefs. Opinions. Relationships. Default responses.

Then there's becoming a person who doesn't want to argue. Who doesn't want to sit and complain with their friends about stuff. Who is working on being fine by themselves and which can alienate you from other people because you may be too focused on dealing with your own stuff (which over the long term is BETTER for them than you not working on yourself - it's sort of like putting your oxygen mask first).

In general, once you start examining your life, you'll change rapidly and this will cause a lot of friction.
 

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Some awful sessions (especially on day 76 - Sunday), and some great sessions (day 78 and 79 especially). Today was so and so because of poor sleep.

Aside from how the sessions went, I can tell this exercise is producing change in my life. I feel much better in my daily life. Stress is slowly disappearing, and I enjoy the little things a lot more.
 

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Day 131 for me. I recently had an interesting experience where randomly I realized how incredible it is to be able to see. I felt extreme joy and gratitude to realize it. It was at the level I don't think I've ever attained before.

These transient experiences aren't the goal of meditation but they sure show how much better can it be inside with enough practice.
 

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Day 90 here. Still going strong. I got interrupted twice a couple of days ago, and I didn't get annoyed at all, something that would have happened earlier on this journey.

The benefits I described in my earlier posts are still there, a bit "better" maybe, but nothing major. As @MTF said multiple times, we're still complete newbies in meditation.
 

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@monfii welcome! The simplest way is this:

Meditation: start watching your breath. Watch your breath go in and out while you're sitting there, preferably diaphragmatic breathing. Count your breath because you're practicing staying centered. Count to 20 and start over again. And if you get lost, just bring it back. Don't say one word. Don't get mad at yourself. Don't think about it. Don't get mad at yourself. Don't get down on yourself. Don't do anything. It's part of the practice. Just start counting again.

From one of Michael A. Singer's lectures. Counting your breath is optional but it may help.
 

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The rules are simple:

1. You meditate one hour a day for 60 days, ideally in the morning. You sit down and do nothing (don't use any apps or guided meditation). Naval's suggested method is:

If thoughts come, thoughts come. I’m not going to fight them. I’m not going to embrace them. I’m not going to think harder about them. I’m not going to reject them. I’m just going to sit here for an hour with my eyes closed, and I’m going to do nothing.

No focus, no mantra, no dharma, no chakras, no Buddhas, no gurus, no gratitude, no scripture, no temple, no music, no gadgets, no apps.


2. You meditate every day. If you skip a day, you go back to day 1. We want to prioritize our mental health, build momentum and turn it into a daily practice. This is akin to a workout for your mind. It won't work well if you start and stop.

3. It needs to be at least an hour (use a timer). You can't do two 30-minute sessions or four 15-minute sessions. Once you start, you keep sitting until 60 minutes pass.
Just joining the gang.

Day 1 - done

Thanks @MTF for starting this thread. I feel this habit can help me clarify a lot of thoughts and emotions. I tried meditation apps in the past, even did them for months on end. But I feel the voice instructions are distracting and gets in the way of having real peace of mind.
 

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Welcome @Aldrino! When you listen to the instructions in guided meditations, you're still in your human mind. So while it can help if you're starting out, eventually meditation is something where you go alone yourself. So you're right it may get in the way.
 

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This is an interesting video about meditation. Some of the meditation techniques are more then 1000 years old, so I believe they have their raison d'etre.

View: https://youtu.be/KmnPpOvgwtI
Always loved Sadhguru's humor and simple explanations.

Here's a couple of things he said that I think are fundamental to meditation. It's something that's been discussed in this thread continously, and rightfully so.

"With a little distance, suddenly everything is crystal clear."

"Meditation is not an act, it's a consequence (a result)."


Btw,
Day 2 - done
 

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Day 3 - done

I feel this practice is teaching me patience. Sitting for an hour can feel like forever, but I'm slowly learning to sit still and just watch my thoughts and emotions -- not get carried away by them.
 

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Day 3 - done

I feel this practice is teaching me patience. Sitting for an hour can feel like forever, but I'm slowly learning to sit still and just watch my thoughts and emotions -- not get carried away by them.

You definitely learn how to feel good with yourself even when there's nothing around you to distract you. Imagine a social media addicted teenager sitting quietly for an hour. They'd rather get slapped in the face repeatedly than be alone with their thoughts.
 

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You definitely learn how to feel good with yourself even when there's nothing around you to distract you.
Feels super peaceful.

The one hour duration seems to do the trick. In the first half hour my mind still wanders, but after that, it's still.

Day 4 - done
 

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If you make money teaching people meditation does that mean you make money telling people to do nothing? That's brilliant.

Haha.

On a serious note, making money on spiritual-related stuff is controversial as it's often the domain of fake gurus.
 

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Haha.

On a serious note, making money on spiritual-related stuff is controversial as it's often the domain of fake gurus.
I kid somewhat. Only somewhat because like you said there are fake gurus out there.

But at the same time meditation does have value. It calms me for sure and recharges and resets my mood. So I'm not undermining its value. I just found it funny, again like with people making money teaching intermittent fasting. I guess that means you can make money telling people to eat nothing? That is also brilliant.
 

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