Each January, people use the New Year to resolve to do things differently. The beginning of the year is a natural time to reflect and consider creating a new reality.
What if we could develop a practice that enabled us to continuously recognize our cognitive state in each and every moment. What if we could determine if that was serving us, and change our mindset in an instant if it were not?
On New Year’s Eve, I watched the movie Being There, one of Peter Sellers’ greatest acting performances. If you haven’t seen it, I cannot recommend it enough. The last quote of the movie is “Life is a state of mind.” That summarized the entire story and was a great thought to ponder as the calendar ticked over.
My version of that quote is “Life is a virtual reality.” Our human experience is dependent on our mindset, our programming. And we can reprogram ourselves to experience a new reality.
The building block of taking control of our minds is meditation. If you have not developed a meditation practice, I encourage you to give it a try this year. There are some great apps out there to help. Headspace is the most popular and a great way to get started. I am currently using the Waking Up app by Sam Harris. Deepak Chopra has a great one too. And they all have free trials.
The most basic element of meditation is to focus on your breath. When you lose this focus, at some point you realize it and try to let go of whatever distracted you. You then refocus on your breath and start again. That’s the practice in its most simplistic form.