While finding areas to improve in the workplace and our personal enjoyment, I went on a small hunt to also find out ways I can improve myself in the meantime. And, one of the main things that’s been hitting the presses lately is all about how meditation will cure anything and everything. Are you sad? Meditate. Are you stressed? Meditate. Hungry? Meditate. You get it. However, there is some science-backed research coming out now that’s giving some rigor behind the methodology and how it can impact your life in a positive way.
It’s a common saying “You can’t control the world around you, only the way you react to it.” One way that people recommend taking time to move from reactive to reflective is meditation. I want to preface all of this with I am not quite the meditation convert I assumed I would become. Looking for “headspace” requires time, effort, and sitting still.
However, if you’re thinking about it, I’d recommend Andy Puddicombe’s book Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day. It offers great statistics around why meditation is good for you, and just how easy it is to fit into your daily life. It almost feels like a QVC-shopping network “JUST TEN MINUTES EVERY DAY WILL MAKE YOU PERFECT”, but, the content is there, the statistics are informative, and the technique is clear and easy to follow.
I won’t say he’s the best storyteller, and there are some “holier than thou” moments, but overall, I do think this is a great, straightforward book to get you started on mindfulness and mediation. You can also check out his TED Talk, followed a guided meditation, read about the benefits, and there’s an app download to take headspace with you.