14 Nov The secret to everything
This weekend I was having breakfast with a stockbroker friend of mine who told me he thought my job must be really stressful, and asked how I dealt with it. A broker in this economy and market thinks MY job is stressful? I brushed it off, telling him I used to be in IT and this was nothing compared to working with a bunch of left-brained gearheads. In fact, I only have one token friend in technology now, and that’s Gerard McClean. It’s all I can handle.
But he pressed me about it and so I told him. I meditate. I meditate all the time. No, I don’t get in a lotus position and chant “Om”. First of all, I have arthritis and these knees won’t bend anywhere close to that. And I’m not very good at it and I get distracted when I’m doing it. But I try to do it once a day at least. And the difference in my stress level is pretty incredible.
Years ago, I was in a horrible marriage and terribly depressed. The antidepressants they gave me literally made me crazy and I jumped out the window. Since it was the first floor, I was okay, but still had to find a way around the depression after I dusted the leaves off my butt. (I have a neighbor who thinks I’m absolutely nuts. I don’t blame him.) I went on retreat and met a former Catholic nun turned Buddhist taught me how to meditate. And I’ve been doing it ever sense. Here’s how.
I think people imagine that meditating takes a lot of time. It really doesn’t. I go to Youtube.com and find something that’s not too weird and not too long (5-10 minutes) turn off my phone and put in my earplugs. I always use something with a guide or a narrative. When it’s over I go back to work. And that’s pretty much it.
Try it. I think you’ll find it calms you down, helps you focus and takes the edge off the gut wrenching fear. Here is one of my favorite non-weird ones, pretty normal, just breathing and the sound of the ocean. You can find plenty of stuff on youtube to clean your chakras, find your spirit guides and meet your swami ramamamabanthy if you want to.
Do you meditate?