I’ve tried a few forms of meditation lately, but none of them really clicked with me.
I’ll quickly go over the ones I tried, then explain what’s worked best for me so far.
First I downloaded Sam Harris’ Waking Up app. It cost 100 a year, but Sam tweeted that if you email the support and ask, he’s happy to grant free memberships cause he doesn’t want money to be a limiting factor.
He goes over some great techniques, I really enjoy Vipassana and will be going to a 10-day retreat next July (they’re free).
But overall it just didn’t quite do what I was hoping. Then I looked into TM or transcendental meditation on the recommendation of Duncan Trussell on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
To be fair, I didn’t really give this my full effort, but I just didn’t like the whole idea of making white noise with nonsense repeated.
I’ve been doing Wim Hoff on and off for a few months now. I love it, but it takes so much energy to do that sometimes I don’t have it in me.
The form of meditation that seems the most appealing to me currently is the kind that Naval Ravikant touts, based on the works of J. Krishnamurti. He pretty much says to sit for an hour. No focusing on breath or anything, treat your brain like an email with a backed-up inbox. And he said sitting for 60 minutes a day for 60 days helps tremendously. I believe it, and I’m slowly starting to incorporate this into my tool belt, and I’ll update once I’ve done an hour for 60 days in a row.
But my form of meditation is a mix of them. I’m currently calling it “i” and I think it’ll be different for everyone that tries it. I’ve still been tweaking it day to day. On day 3 and I’ve noticed some significant shifts in my consciousness. I’m going to continue for a year and judge it’s effect.
A meditation technique by Tyger Gruber
This works any time of day, under any circumstances (eyes open or closed, walking, seated, laying down, etc).
Find the exact words for what you want in life, what you aspire to be. and get a group of four. I’ll give an example, but not my actual ones since I believe it is a personal endeavor and don’t want to ascribe mine as the way to go.
Say that over everything, you want to be more calm, kind, fit, and joyful. (again, those are just examples. It was actually kinda hard to find four examples that I wasn’t using)
For the first time you do it, laying down eyes closed is great. From there feel free to stand up and walk around and all that.
Breathe in, and think to yourself “I am calm”
Exhale and think “I am kind”
Breathe in and think “I am fit”
Exhale and think “and I am joyful”
and repeat. Get into a cycle. Get it so that it’s second nature and you’re doing it subconsciously. Every once in awhile say them purposely. I am Calm. and all that goodness. Even if you aren’t. Keep repeating it to yourself. Do it for 30 minutes if you can, but less time works too. However much you’ve got.
If you catch yourself off on a thought tangent, think to yourself “Thinking” then go back to your mantra. This will teach ‘you’ that that’s all that is, your mind wandering.
For me personally, I’ve got two sets of four that I switch between that rhyme and have a certain cadence that feels really good to think. The first couple of times I did this, I had to catch myself and say ‘thinking’ quite a few times, but it’s down to only a couple times in 30 minutes now.
Personally, my goal is to do it for 30 minutes twice a day (morning and evening), then a few reminders throughout the day, just repeating it once or twice sporadically throughout the day. But if you’ve only got 5 minutes a day, that’s a solid start. Make it approachable, and slowly increase the time. That said, it’s super easy to fall into and enjoy.
Over time, feel free to change your words, the order, and everything about it. This is entirely your practice, so make it what you want! I think it’s important that they sound good and have a fun flow to them, maybe even rhyming.
I’m expecting that it will help me create better thought loops that lead toward me becoming more like the mantra I am saying. So pick your words accordingly! 🙂
No promises that this will radically change your life for the better, but it’s done a lot of good for me already. And it’s extremely personal, and you can do it whenever.
If you’ve struggled with meditation but want to try a new way that’s easy and meaningful, give it a try.
Let me know what you think! Tweet at me if you try it – https://twitter.com/TygerGruber
also, go listen to my show, I always talk about fun stuff like this with guests: https://talkswithtyger.com/