January 5, 2018

What I’ve Gained From 5 Years of Daily Meditation

January 2013, 5 years ago, was a very special time in my life.

Because I had a made a monumental decision that was going to change my world in ways that I had never imagined. After reading Russell Simmons explanation of why and how to meditate (from his book Super Rich), I had an epiphany. I knew that sitting down for 20 minutes of mantra meditation—repetition of a word like “rum” or “om” that doesn’t mean anything—was going to allow me to attain levels of happiness and success like never before.

And I could not have been more right.

As Russell explained in his book, “Rum” is a basic mantra that works well for beginners. And once you beginning meditating twice a day, your life begins to feel like a movie. And you are in the charming main character in the movie who finds the buried treasure, beats the bad guys, gets the girls, and rides off into the sunset.

His advice was spot on. Personally, my “buried treasure” was more happiness, peace, productivity, sobriety, work ethic, creativity, energy, emotional intelligence, and resilience, than I ever thought was possible!

I meditated for 11 months using Russell’s advice and then eventually signed up for Transcendental Meditation—a mantra meditation program with centers across the world. They offered me more in depth instruction and guidance on how to meditate most effectively. I personally found their mantra and their lifelong instruction extremely helpful. I’ve been a devoted TM-er ever since.

It’s been a long 5 years, with lots of ups and downs. And I’ve been able to weather all of them with a smile on my face. Because every morning and every afternoon (or evening), without fail, I sit down for 20 minutes of stillness.

These are the top 6 benefits that I’ve gained from 5 Years of Daily Meditation.

True Happiness, Fulfillment, and Joy

The root-cause all suffering is thoughts.

I don’t mean to downplay any horrible tragedy or negative situation that may have affected you. And I definitely don’t want to downplay clinical depression, which runs a lot deeper than just thoughts.

But for those of us who are not clinically depressed, the root-cause of ongoing anxiety, depression, sadness, and suffering is your thoughts. It isn’t the situation that you’re in. It’s your thoughts about that situation that keep you stuck in a cycle of negativity, rumination, and sadness.

So it makes perfect sense that meditation can act as a cure for depression—a natural source of real happiness and fulfillment.

And that’s exactly what meditation has done for me over the past 5 years. It’s the foundation for my happiness.

I don’t need to have a million dollars, a Lamborghini, a mansion, huge accomplishments, or a supermodel girlfriend. All I need to be happy is to just disconnect from my thoughts every single day, via my mantra.

When I use the mantra to interrupt that internal monologue of thinking, time and time again, I have found that my true nature—my default state of mind—is always a childlike state of pure boundless happiness. No matter what happens, whether things are going really well or really badly, that happiness is always there.

In a world where people spend their entire lives searching for fulfillment and never finding it, having instant access to that childlike state of pure happiness at any time or place is a better prize than winning the lottery. It’s the greatest thing that could ever happen.

Because what’s the point of having all the money in the world, if you don’t have happiness?

No Anxiety. No Stress. Boundless Peace. Crystal Clear Clarity

Thoughts are also the root-cause of all stress and anxiety.

So meditation has allowed me to live a virtually stress-free and anxiety-free lifestyle for the past 5 years.

Don’t get me wrong. I get stressed, anxious, sad, angry, and frustrated just like everybody else. But the difference is, I have the ability to step back from any situation at any time or place, and meditate. And almost instantly, that stress, anxiety, sadness, or frustration disappears.

Sounds too good to be true? It actually isn’t.

Because like I said, all suffering—which includes anxiety and stress—originates from your thoughts. So as soon as I come home from work each day—stressed, irritated, or frustrated—and step into a meditation session, I disconnect from that internal monologue and I realize that there was never actually anything to be stressed about in the first place.

So not only am I no longer stressed or anxious after I’m done meditating, I have the clarity to realize that there was never actually anything to be upset about in the first place. Now that I’m not trapped by that internal monologue of constant incessant thinking, I have the freedom to step back and see every situation in my life for what it truly is.

Just like happiness, true clarity and peace of mind are luxuries that people across the world spend their entire lives looking for with no success.

I could not be more grateful.

More Productivity, Motivation, Focus, & Creativity

I have gotten more work done in the past 5 years than any other period of my life.

Since 2013, I gave up alcohol, gave up meat-eating, wrote my first book, wrote three quarters of a second book, started a blog, started a YouTube channel, published 49 videos, and started a career in real estate.

I’m getting a lot more work done than I used to. And if I had to point out one thing in particular that I’m doing differently, it has to be daily meditation.

It works because negative emotions—like anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration, and stress—were a huge drain on my potential for success. For all those years, those darker emotions were holding me back.

This is something that positive psychologist and TED speaker Shawn Achor writes about in The Happiness Advantage. The human mind functions at its best when happy. Most people think that success lays the foundation for happiness. But it actually works the other way around. Happiness is the foundation for success. Humans naturally perform at their best when they are most happy, optimistic, joyful, and grateful.

So now that those negative emotions aren’t holding me back like they used to, I have all the happiness, focus, and creativity I need to get lots of work done.

Not only am I making lots of progress, I’ve had a smile on my face the whole way through. I’m enjoying the journey. And I love the process.

So if you’re thinking about meditation as a means for boosting your motivation and success. I HIGHLY recommend it because it will give you the ability to work harder than you’ve ever worked, while still enjoying the present moment for what it is.

Better Sleep, Better Mornings, & More Energy

Since 2013, I’ve noticed something else about meditation that has really taken me by surprise. I sleep better, wake up more easily, and feel more energetic (even if I didn’t get the full 8 hours of rest).

I’ve found that, without fail, I tend to fall asleep much easier than I used to. My theory on why this is possible is that I’ve gotten so used to slipping into deep states of meditation, that slipping into a state of deep sleep is no longer an issue for me.

Transcendental Meditation is well-known for helping people with insomnia get to sleep easier. And I can definitely say that there is truth to that.

And on the flip side, I’ve also found that getting myself out of bed in the mornings—even when I didn’t get the full 8 hours of rest—is much easier than it used to be. Prior to 2013, I would often wake up, hit the snooze button, and go back to sleep again. Now hitting the snooze button is a thing of the past. As soon as I hear that alarm ring, I’m up.

And even if I’m only running on 6 hours of sleep, getting some meditation in before the day starts feels like an additional hour or two hours of rest. I feel much more physically and mentally energetic.

So whether you are struggling to get to bed at night, forcing yourself to get up in the mornings after smashing that snooze button several times, or struggling to find energy throughout the day, daily meditation could be the answer that you’ve always been searching for.

Sobriety from Alcohol and Drugs!

When I took up meditation 5 years ago, I never expected that it was going to motivate me to give up alcohol. But that is exactly what happened.

It was April 12th of 2014, one of the most epic and pivotal moments of my entire life. And I had decided that I was through with alcohol. Forever.

Giving up drinking forever seems like a drastic choice. But I had a multitude of reasons to do so that I discuss in a new book called I’m Done With Drinking! I wanted more money, time, passion, productivity, success, freedom, and better relationships. And of course I wanted to permanently leave hangovers in my past.

My desire to quit drinking was very strong. But I was never going to be able to quit on desire alone.

So the primary reason that I have been able to successfully stay sober for the past 3 years and 8 months is because of daily meditation. From day one, mediation has acted as an incredibly powerful healthy alternative for alcohol.

It provides me with the fulfillment, love for life, joy, aliveness, anxiety-release, stress-release, and confidence that I had always been searching for through alcohol. And even better than that, unlike alcohol, meditation puts me into a beautiful and joyful state of mind that isn’t temporary.

Unfortunately, that sensation of pleasure that alcohol produces is only temporary. It fades off as soon as you sober up. As soon as that alcohol leaves your system, you are going to need to eventually consume more alcohol to get that feeling again.

It isn’t genuine lasting happiness.

On the other hand, the fulfillment and peace that I feel during and after meditation is very real. And it lasts all day.

So after a full year of meditation, I found that I no longer had any desire to continue drinking alcohol whatsoever. I had found something that I thought was much better.

So even if you aren’t looking to go sober off of drugs or alcohol—even if you are only looking to cut down on your drinking—daily meditation is a POWERFUL way to cut down your intake. As you get deeper and deeper into your meditation journey, you’ll find that your desire for alcohol grows weaker and weaker.

And one day, you might just find yourself wondering if you should just go stone-cold sober for the rest of your life.

Stronger Emotional Intelligence & Resilience

The definition of Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Emotional Intelligence is about having strong awareness of your feelings and strong ability to consciously take control of them.

With that in mind, my Emotional Intelligence has shot through the roof due to my daily meditation practice.

It was actually relatively low prior to 2013. I really struggled to consciously take charge of how I felt. I had always felt like my emotions were in control of me.

Then with daily meditation in my life, for the first time ever, I gained the ability to switch a bad, sad, angry, stressed, or anxious mood into a happy, peaceful, focused, motivated, and elevated one.

Because of that increase in emotional intelligence, I have become much, much more resilient. I have been able to maintain evenness, composure, equanimity, and steadiness through the ups and downs—throughout that turbulent roller coaster that we call life—over the past 5 years. I’ve found that no matter what happens to me, I’m always able to flip my mind-state into happiness by shutting down that inner monologue.

I feel unstoppable, unbreakable, and unfazed by the setbacks. And the craziest part is, I usually walk away from my meditation sessions with enough clarity to realize that each and every heartbreak, problem, and setback is actually a blessing in disguise.

Every tragedy has a silver lining.

In addition to everything else that I have gained over the past 5 years, that resilience has been absolutely priceless.

I wouldn’t trade it for the whole wide world.

To learn more about Transcendental Mediation, check out their website at Tm.org.

Also feel free to drop me an email at BoMuchoki@gmail.com if you have any questions that I can answer for you.

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