- Do you think you need to break a sweat to have a good workout?
- What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?
- What techniques do you use to reinforce your deep work habit? Some days I try to use the pomodoro technique, but my productive periods tend to be close to an hour and a half rather than the recommended 25 or 50 minutes.
- What time of the day do you meditate?
- Do smoothies count as a great breakfast?
To stop the post meditation analysis I politely thank my thoughts, tell them I am busy and go do something that requires a bit of focus like reading or exercising or breathing or listening to some music (I have been finding that “Chill lo-fi study beats” on YouTube have been really helpful 🙂
With time and practice you can get really good at acknowledging your racing or critical thoughts and look at them without judgement or stress. Then you can analyze yourself more dispassionately.
Don’t despair and keep plodding along — you’ll calm your mind eventually. It just takes time and patience and regular practice. No one manages it instantly.
Practice, practice, practice. You may be feeling the peace while you are meditating, or for a little while after, because that self-talk is seen for what it actually is, the unending function of the human mind. It is when you allow your attention to get lost in anything but that fact, when you lose your focus and allow those thoughts to become, once again, the voices that work to take over your emotional and conscious direction, you have then given up being the observer and began again to think without knowing that you’re thinking. It is hard and it takes a lot of time but understand that the same voice that you are looking to better identify, the same voice that is reading these words, is the voice that quietly directs your conscious attention.
- What’s better than meditation?
- How should I meditate?
- Why is meditation important for you?
- How do you meditate without a guide?
- How important is body position for meditation?
- How many times should you meditate a day?
- How do you feel if you accidentally fall asleep during meditation? Do you try again later?
- Sometimes, when I have only 10 min. for a meditation in the morning and afterwards I need to leave to work, I feel it’s rather stressful to meditate. Should I persist with it or rather remove it from my morning routine?
- What is your favorite meditation tool/technique that takes 5 minutes or less?
- In what position should I be when I meditate? Can I meditate lying down?