“Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It’s called meditation.” – Jonathan Haidt
Let’s keep this short and sweet.
Meditation is amazing. It’s super simple. It has the power to transform your life.
If meditation were a sold as a pill, the positive effects would likely make it the most widely used and profitable drug in the world. The instructions would go something like this:
“Take one pill by mouth, up to twice a day. Immediately after swallowing, set a timer for between 2 and 20 minutes, be still, and follow your breath as it flows in and out.”
I haven’t started producing pills yet, but I do have something that you can use in the meantime. At 2 minutes long it’s a sweet deal – costing less than 00.14% of the 1440 minutes in your daily time bank. Committing to a regular mindfulness practice can be as easy as downloading the file, pressing play, and following the instructions.
Or if you’re feeling inspired, you can use the 2-minute audio as an “on-ramp” for a longer practice – just set a timer for 3 or 5 or 12 or 15 (etc.) minutes before starting. Remember, research shows that after 8 weeks of 12-minutes a day ( just 00.83% of your daily allotted time), you’ll start to demonstrate the same neural rewiring that advanced meditators show.
What are you waiting for? Commit (or REcommit) to mastering the gateway between you and the world – your mind. Download the audio here.
PS. Looking for more info on meditation? Read about my 1,000-day journey with the Muse headband, explore some common meditation FAQs, or pick up a copy of Meditation: What, Why, and How To Meditate (Hint: Breathe In. Breathe Out.)