• I was reading James Altucher’s book Choose Yourself this morning and in it James relays a story about Gandhi where he tells his compatriots that he needs to set aside one hour a day to do meditation. They exclaim, “Oh no, you can’t do that! You are too busy, Gandhi!”

    They were, after all, trying to free a nation.

    Ghandi replies, “Well, then. I now need to set aside two hours a day to do meditation.”

    Altucher goes on to draw some lessons from this, the chief one being: if Gandhi was too busy, it meant he was not devoting enough time to his spiritual life.

    Not exactly what his compatriots expected, but that is what made Gandhi, Ghandi.

    My favourite takeaway from this section of Altucher’s book is this line: “It is only through stillness that one can actively create.”

    Now, I can’t even remotely pretend to meditate for one hour a day. (Okay, well, I could pretend to meditate for an hour but my pretending would look like running around doing all my normal daily activities).

    Propose the idea of an hour of daily meditation to most multipreneurs and they are often seized by a kind of panic.

    The secret, though, as mindful multipreneurs, is that the only way we can actively create is to fill the well, or perhaps I mean empty it … hm.

    Here are my two Mindful Monday tips for filling (or emptying) your mental well.

    #1 – Read good books. It is no accident that I started my day with Altucher. I make a habit of reading something that encourages introspection, usually in the early morning. It provides a nice focal point and I start the day by connecting to ideas and insights.

    #2 – Meditate for 15 minutes a day. I  realize that this is not very Ghandi-esque advice, but it is tried and true. I play with many different meditation techniques and practices and this is the one that consistently works for me. I came across it one morning, while reading Ask and it is Given by Abraham Hicks.

    The process is simple.

    Every day, for 10 or 15 minutes sit quietly and simply breathe. Your intention is nothing more than being in the moment, with nothing to do other than breathe. For me, this creates a space for allowing. I am allowing the world to get along without me for 15 minutes.

    Except when I am really busy. Then I make it twenty.

    What are your practices for allowing stillness into your life? I there a relationship between stillness and action for you?

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    Yes, reflection seems to always allow ideas to flow and those ideas almost always turn to action of some kind. It's like not trying to hard to undo a knot, which make it tighter. Gently letting it come undone makes everything fall into place, make more sense. One of my best personal discoveries so far.

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    Mmmm. Yes. thanks for that analogy kalauzon. I love "gently letting it come undone". So much in the essence of 'don't push the river, it flows by itself' Namaste.

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    Introspection... I have to say it's the best remedy for when I'm feeling lost, upset, stressed, stretched. When I feel like I can't take one more step, I stop and try to just be still. As if waiting for the universe to whisper some words of wisdom with how to proceed.

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    And the whisper always comes, no? My practice has been interrupted this summer with so much travel. Time to embrace routine and BREATHE.

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    When we are mindful,we appear for our lives;we don't miss them in being occupied or in longing for things to be distinctive.Rather,if something needs to be transformed we are available enough to comprehend what needs to be carried out.Being mindful is not a substitute for really taking part in our lives and dealing with our and others' needs.Actually, the more mindful we are, the more dexterous we might be in compassionate action.Have a nice day.
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