This is a post from Y Scouts president and co-founder, Brian Mohr.
I’ve noticed as I get older, my overall mental state is becoming more fragile. My mind rarely (read: never) shuts off, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need the occasional Benadryl to fall asleep. I can forecast out months of my life and play out the myriad of ways I’m going to screw up an important event, project, or relationship. Funny thing is, my forecasts rarely turn out to be accurate. You’d think I’d stop wasting time and energy predicting the future given my pattern of inaccuracies. I once heard someone say that when the fear of change becomes less painful or scary than the reality of the status quo, it’s time to initiate the change. So, relying on this wisdom, I took one small step.
I downloaded a meditation app called Headspace and began a daily practice. For the first 5 days, I meditated for 3 minutes. I then increased the time to 5 minutes, and most recently to 10 minutes. I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but I’m told by friends and colleagues who meditate regularly to not worry about doing it right – they call it a practice for a reason. Now in my fourth week of practice, some days I can slip right into a sense of calmness and other days, I’m a wreck. One thing I’ve definitely noticed is the time between stimulus and response – I can actually recognize the space in between.
The Roman Stoic Philosopher, Seneca the Younger, once said, “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” If this quote resonates with you, and you’ve yet to take one small step towards creating your own headspace, perhaps a new daily practice of some kind is the best first step to take – it has been for me.
Happy & Healthy New Year!