Your Mission in Life – Meditation

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“All success comes down to 10,000 hours which is equivalent to four hours per day.”  Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell’s research reminds me that it is never too late to start something new and become very good at it or even achieve expert level.  According to Gladwell, if you spend just four hours a day studying in the area you want to specialize in, you will likely be an expert in 10 years.  Whether you are 20, 40 or 70 years of age, you still have time to develop your knowledge base, skills and hone your expertise.

My goal is meditation.  I am fairly ‘okay’ at meditating.  However, becoming an expert at meditation holds far greater appeal.  In an earlier blog called ‘Benefits of Meditation’ I mentioned that research shows how meditation can add years to your life by virtue of slowing down your thoughts and breathing.

Another compelling reason to meditate is to achieve control over your thoughts.  When you can control your thoughts every moment of the day, your emotions and subsequent actions will also be under control.  Your life will become a deliberate series of choices and not a collection of knee-jerk reactions.

I know one Tibetan Buddhist Lama who exists in a constant state of meditation.  It has taken him years of disciplined practice to achieve this state.  However, he has most definitely achieved a highly disciplined, controlled and selective mind.  The Lama reports that the benefits of remaining in a meditative state include greater clarity of thought; a sense of flow, where everything just seems to fall into place; a sharpened sense of intuition; a constant feeling of joy; and an enormous feeling of courage.  By meditating regularly, the Lama has found that fear has become a thing of the past.

Can you imagine how life might change for all of us if our minds were so completely organized that thinking became a choice?  With meditation, achieving a still mind that is free of emotional baggage, background chatter, and negative self-talk is completely attainable.  However, it takes practice.  If your mission in life includes meditation, I suspect the world will become an infinitely more wonderful place for you.