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One of the first subjects we run into on our personal development/spiritual paths is meditation. Simple enough. Until we find out that there are all kinds of meditations and everyone has an opinion about which is the best one.
The first times I heard about meditation I thought it was mystic and mysterious. Something only highly trained monks could do.
After publishing the last article - how to change negative inner conversations - I received a specific question:
A change of circumstances does not bring about an improved life experience. We can change jobs or relationships, but we bring ourselves with us, and soon the new situation will feel and play out just like the old one did.
It is easy to get lost in a forest by only looking down under our feet - careful, there is a root sticking out of the ground, don’t step into the puddle, don’t trip over that tree-stump.
Our daily lives can be OK - good enough job, we have friends, we do our best to lead a healthy lifestyle etc. Yet we feel stressed-out and depleted at the end of the day. Or even before noon.
You’ve probably tried countless practices of personal development and spirituality. You’ve read a ton of books. Attended workshops. Spent endless hours in discussions. Tried various tools, approaches, practices to grow spiritually, build better habits and personality, set and reach goals.
When do you feel most alive, happy and energized? When you are focusing upon some desire, something wanted, an improvement, a goal. Something that could or is about to happen and improve your life.
Have you been wondering - why are you even bothering with all this spiritual or self-help stuff? What do you really hope to achieve? Is it real? Can it be measured? Are there any guarantees? Or is it just a waste of time and energy, a big fat lie?