All posts in “meditation”

Our Daily Struggles & The Universe at Large

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations

“Reflect on how many separate events, both bodily and mental, are taking place in each one of us in the same tiny fragment of time: and then you will not be surprised if many more events, indeed all that come to pass, subsist together in the one and the whole, which we call the universe.

 

We all have a series of things happening at any given time. From the stress of work, family and finance – to the weight of simple daily responsibility. At any given time we will often have such an assortment of feeling and emotion all happening simultaneously.

When we put that into perspective – there is a great parallel that is drawn between the personal chaos we create and the multiple facets that are all happening outside our reach in the greater universe.

It makes you wonder how we are all connected and the reach into things bigger than ourselves.

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

 

That Wet Rug Is Going To Kill You

“It is so common for us to carry the weight of the day like a wet rug. Overtime our body over compensates to adjust to the burdens.”

For the past year I have spent time implementing various techniques to help address the stress I was under. From work, family, personal and health issues – we all carry a heavy load. One area that has been instrumental in balancing things out and helping me truly find peace and reasoning – is in something we do daily. By the minute, hour, month year and then we stop.

It is something that is forced us into as we leave the womb.

BREATH

It was 8PM and I was scrolling through my emails. Up pops a feature from Living Social for True Rest Float Spa.  You see I had heard of floating as a great meditation practice. I have also heard that it is super intense and not for those willing to step out and try something new.

Why not? I will book a session. I mean what is the worst that can happen? I can drown, have an out of body experience, the janitor may walk in on me naked, I may get stuck in the pod…… nothing can go wrong right? Sounds like a party I want to be invited to.

The website sums up my reasoning:

Imagine an environment free from gravity, strain, tension, or pain. Imagine if you could Float effortlessly without distractions or unwanted noise. YOU CAN!

You see what I found was something so unique I can only explain it as I shared in the spa journal.

“It is so common for us to carry the weight of the day like a wet rug. Overtime our body compensates to adjust to the burden. Floating takes the weight and removes it completely. Can’t wait to do it again. Just breathe!”

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What is Floating and why in the hell would someone actually do it?


 

If you are struggling with anxiety, injury, the stress of the daily routine – or you just want to try something new – go float. If you are in Arizona or the area, please go by and see Laura at True Rest in Gilbert AZ.

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Cheers,

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

 

Oh I Have Plenty of Time – Wait, What?

At the start 2015, much like 2014 and the year before and the year before – we all set new goals. You know the kind.

  1. I am Going to Read More
  2. Be Nicer to People
  3. Work Out
  4. Eat Better
  5. Run a Marathon
  6. Do Something Awesome

No put this into perspective, we have 92 days until the lights go down and we start another year. Did you get your resolutions completed? Did you hit the goals you set out for yourself? If the answer is no or if you have something yet to achieve, put this into perspective. You can make some major life changes in 90 days. I know this personally as I have done fitness or diet challenges in this time frame that have brandished huge results.

We don’t have to give up or feel like a failure – there is a ton of time left in 2015.

loser

 

But how long does it take to form a new habit? What does science tell us? 

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.

These experiences prompted Maltz to think about his own adjustment period to changes and new behaviors, and he noticed that it also took himself about 21 days to form a new habit. Maltz wrote about these experiences and said, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.”

In 1960, Maltz published that quote and his other thoughts on behavior change in a book called Psycho-Cybernetics. The book went on to become an blockbuster hit, selling more than 30 million copies.

And that’s when the problem started.

You see, in the decades that followed, Maltz’s work influenced nearly every major “self-help” professional from Zig Ziglar to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins. And as more people recited Maltz’s story — like a very long game of “Telephone” — people began to forget that he said “a minimum of about 21 days” and shortened it to: “It takes 21 days to form a new habit.”

 

On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. [1]

In other words, if you want to set your expectations appropriately, the truth is that it will probably take you anywhere from two months to eight months to build a new behavior into your life — not 21 days. ( Source Huffington Post ) 

So now that you know you have more than enough time to finish the year strong – what are you going to do?

Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

Meditation – It’s Not Just for Stinky Hippies

In our podcast series I have the opportunity to interview industry leaders, top performers, athletes and entrepreneurs.

The first question we ask is focused on how people start the day – the first 60 minute routine.

Without fail I hear the same types of answers.

1. Some type of physical activity (remind me to tell you about the Richard Branson story)

2. Read or Study

3. Meditation

If top performers follow a recipe for what makes them great, how could I not try to attempt to emulate some aspects of these practices? Meditation was the one missing building block from my daily routine. When I thought of meditation I immediately thought of a some dude in dreads stinking of patchouli oil. Or a calm monk on the tibet mountain side sitting and chanting for hours.  As closely as I resemble neither of these characters I was a bit turned off by it all. That all changed when I actually started doing basic mediation to start the day. There was one thing that made this super easy for me. It starts as only 10 minutes a day for 10 days. I was I was turned on to the app Headspace. 

At Headspace we believe there is nothing more important than looking after the health of the mind, so we’ve made it our mission to get people everywhere to look after this precious resource by sitting to meditate for a few minutes a day, everyday. When this simple activity is considered no more strange than taking a shower, we’ll have achieved our aim.

For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. Our experience, and that of Headspace members, suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through meditation, is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. It leads to peace of mind and wellbeing, greater focus and creativity and better relationships.

By using the Take 10 series, a free 10 day guided introduction into meditation – I feel a huge difference. You can read all kinds of benefits of meditation. Here at the top 3 things I noticed after just a few sessions:

  1. Stress Levels Decreased
  2. My ability to Respond vs React Increased
  3. Mental Clarity Increased

As a natural sceptic on most things health related – I have to say that although I went in with an open mind, there was a bit of doubt in the back of my mind. This is not uncommon as I think most people in general are a bit skeptical. Below is a great graphic that outlines some of the biggest misconceptions of meditation.

 

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– Source: www.happify.com

Here is what I can say – after meditating now for 30 days, I mentally feel stronger and emotionally in balance than ever before.

We all have busy schedules. It’s not about finding time, it is about making time. Making time for the things that are important.

Here is a snap shot of my morning routine. 

  1. Wake up at 6:15AM
  2. Drink 32 ounces of ice water with a pinch of Himalayan salt.  I do this to kick start my metabolism and to hydrate first thing
  3. Stretch for 10-15 minutes
  4. Meditate for 10 minutes
  5. Read for 30 minutes
  6. Work Out: 30-40 minutes of cardio with 30-40 minutes of strength & conditioning
  7. Kick the day in the ass

Get your mind right!
Cheers,

The Healthy Primate