Hey girls and boys, how are you all? I’m Clark, and not too long ago I wrote two articles titled what you can do during a Covid-19 lockdown, in which I suggested you immerse yourself in personal development, and how to study personal development effectively, where I elaborated on some of the tips (or tricks) I’ve gleaned in my years of studying personal development. So how is it going so far, and has your area’s lockdown been lifted? Do let me know below, and let us look at some more personal development ideas to keep ourselves busy in 2020 – the stay-at-home year.
Meditation and Appreciation
These are claimed to be two of the most powerful practices you can do to improve your life situation. Most of the really good personal development books you read will tell you the same thing.
There are plenty of simple meditation techniques that you can learn on this website (more info below, just read on), but the main thing I want to point out is not to dwell on your problems when you are meditating (I’ve also written an article on this). If you’re new to meditation, you would have to put aside some time to really concentrate on meditating in order to experience the benefits of it. When you’ve become more of an expert in it, you may start to feel the calm, optimism and other benefits that you get from meditating as you go about your day, even if you’re not meditating. Another way of looking at it is that you’re in a constant state of meditation.
Appreciation or gratitude is said to be a more powerful practice than meditation, but don’t take others word for it, experience it for yourself. Again, if you’re not an appreciative kind of person, then I suggest you put aside some time to concentrate on this. When I wake up in the morning, I like to just lie in my bed for a little while, and let whatever appreciative thoughts fill my head (more on this in the next section). When you have become a grateful person, the joy you experience all day every day will be worth the time you have spent.
Go to my Series page and you will see all the articles I’ve written on meditation and appreciation. Look under the “MEDITATION series” and “GRATITUDE series” section.
When Should You Practice
I think the best mindset to have is to aim to make meditation and appreciation your normal state of being. But you’d have to put in some effort at the beginning.
It is recommended that you start in the morning. I’ve found that it is the time of day in which it is easiest to feel good. After hours of sleep, I love to just lie on my bed when I awake, and enjoy whatever appreciative thoughts that come to me. I would classify any thoughts that feel good as appreciative thoughts. So they can be thoughts about something that has yet to happen (a fantasy, if you will). Provided they are happy thoughts, I would allow them to run wild through my head.
If I find my mind wandering, and not in a good way, or if I don’t feel so good, then I would turn to meditation. Focus on my breathing and wait for my head to clear. You would know you’ve meditated enough when you feel a delicious feeling coming over you. If you want, you may stay there for a little while longer just to enjoy it. Every time I feel tired or can’t think clearly, I would meditate.
So start early in the morning when it is a whole lot easier to meditate and appreciate. And then your goal is to ride that wave for as long as possible as you go about your day. When you start off your day right, you’ll find it easier to feel as good or even better as the day goes on. And when you make it a point to feel good first thing in the morning, after a while you’ll find that good-feeling thoughts come to you on their own in the morning.
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