I get it. Sitting in silence for 5, 10, 20 minutes, trying to keep your mind from wandering, trying to think about nothing and just live in the present isn’t exactly easy, nor is it sexy. Sometimes, especially for beginners, it’s not even fun. It’s a surprisingly hard feat to “just be”. I faced that hurdle when I first started meditating. My mind was doing everything I told it not to: processing thoughts, concentrating on anything except for my breathing. Rest assured, this phase does pass, and you will get the benefits of meditation: stress reduction, a clear mind, pointed thoughts, increased self-awareness, happiness. But for a large majority of would-be meditators, they don’t realize these benefits because it seems dumb to just sit there. Well, meditation isn’t the only avenue to tap into metaphysical aspects of health.
Like I’ve said in the past, a large majority of my ideals are based on experience, and maybe a little bro-science! How’d I come to the realization that meditation isn’t the only outlet? One night of feeling bad for myself – which I really try not to do, but everyone does to some extent.
I had just moved to Pittsburgh and didn’t know quite yet if I had made the right move. New job, living in my buddy’s office (literally a 6x10 office with my 85 lb dog), leaving my best friends for a new job and to be closer to family. I was regretting my move, unsure of the future, and missing the recent past. I felt alone in a house full of life-long friends.
It was about 8:00pm on a summer night. I took my dog out for a hike. There wasn’t a soul on the trails in the woods, thankfully! If someone was there, they’d think I was crazy! Why? Because I had to get my thoughts out of my head. So I talked out loud and got everything out of my head. I wondered what my dog was thinking? Anyways, I digress.
The overwhelming feeling of certainty, a clearer future, and a sense that everything will be okay put my mind at ease. All from taking a late night hike in the woods with my pup shouting out loud for the universe to hear. Which got me thinking about other ways to connect metaphysically:
Martial Arts. You know my love for jiu jitsu. It’s made me mentally stronger so I am able to meditate better. But jiu jitsu itself provides pathways to connecting metaphysically. This might sound crazy, but there’s a certain calm I experience from being able to deal with uncomfortable and overwhelming situations on a daily basis.
Prayer. Go read Brandon’s blog on prayer! He has some GREAT things to share. And prayer certainly taps into one’s metaphysical spirituality.
Guided meditation. There are numerous apps – Headspace comes to mind – and YouTube videos out there for guided meditation that really help as well.
Late night trail walks. See above.
Hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, anything outdoors! The main takeaway is that there are a million different ways to be metaphysically stimulated. You just have to find what works for you. Just do yourself a favor, go do something! Make the choice to become in tune with your metaphysical side. And that’s all it really is…just like anything in life…it’s merely a choice.
Peace, love, and Jiu Jitsu.
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