You check your clock, and it says one thing. You check it again, and BOOM! It is already 6 years later.
That is how my life has felt since I had started college up to now. And it has been a rollercoaster for sure! So many friends have come and gone, and new ones are in the picture. Living in different cities, different jobs, different experiences, and a whole different idea of what we might have pictured when we were younger. I know some of you out there know what I am saying. “WTF, I never thought I’d be here 5 years ago, what is going on?”
Please, it is ok. There is a Bruce Lee quote that my girlfriend reminded me of. “Be water, my friend.”
Go with the FLOW. Have a vision, but ride the current, not against it. Trying to go against nature is like trying to swim upstream with the swimming capacity of a two year old with floaties from SeaWorld.
But JACOB! You can’t tell me just to freakin chillax man….Like, I have so much ish going on! Well, la di frickin DA! Literally, EVERYONE has stuff going on that seems out of their control. There is always unexpected events going on and it just so happens to occur in the most unexpected times in our life.
But… not all is hopeless. There is something that people have been using for thousands of years. This tool has been known to calm the nerves, elevate awareness, benefit your health in numerous ways, and increase overall happiness for its practioners. This tool is known as: meditation.
What the HELL is Meditation?
Meditation, in my words, is pretty much calming down the body and mind to a state of ultimate relaxation where you go into this mental “zone” that enables you to miraculously see your thoughts, analyze them, understand them, and let go of them without it phasing you. It also calms you down and makes you a more “posed” person. I am definetly not a master guru at meditation, but it definetely is something I have been practicing on and off for the last 5 years now.
A book I just recently started reading called “Hurry Up and Meditate” by David Michie, does a great job at explaining the science behind meditation, from MRI scans with the Dalai Lama to real world examples that anyone can relate to. It is simply FASCINATING! And a quick/ easy read! I am listening to the Audiobook from audible.com.
I realized that I miss the flexibility of a restaurant job. But I also gained the gift of a predictable schedule now with my new job. I have been getting up at 4 am in order to allow myself time alone to meditate. This sets my mind into a state of “OK I am thankful, lets get some Sh*t done today” and then I head to the gym. I get to work early with a clear mind. Life is good.
To be honest, no one knows what is ahead of us. As long as we keep our goals aligned with our beliefs, take care of our bodies and minds, and do our best, everything will fall into place (so I like to believe). Meditation helps me keep track of things. And I know it will for you, too.