I was ignorant toward meditation
If you had asked me not too far in my distant past what I thought about meditation I would have been ignorant towards it. I would have associated it with religion, and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, when the four Ninja Turtles are meditating around the fire, and they started communicating with the spirit of Splinter, their master. Meditation appeared to be some hocus-pocus, mumbo-jumbo, that I thought only the weirdest of human beings practiced.
My paradigm shift – Dying To Be Me
I have had a significant paradigm shift since then. The shift happened in late 2016 after reading Anita Moorjani’s incredible book called Dying To Be Me. For those who are unaware, Anita clinically died from Lymphoma, went to another realm, had an out-of-body experience, had a choice whether to stay in the other realm or come back to earth.
She talks about her new perspective on life in the 2nd half of the book, which is the most fascinating perspective on life that I had ever heard from anyone, I didn’t know the world could be seen that way. It sparked something inside of me.
Since then, I have been on a keen path to developing a similar perspective on life as Anita. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. There are many more paradigm shifts that will need to happen, I will need to let go of long-held beliefs and emotional baggage. One thing she mentioned quite a bit was being present, at the moment, connected to the universe, and being love.
Reading this book helped me realize how mindless I was being
As I reflected on my own life throughout the book, I came to realize that I lived most of my life in either the past or the future. Constantly thinking, mindlessly, about past events, stirring up old emotions, or trying to predict the future, creating emotions around events that haven’t even happened yet. I was living like the majority of people in this world, not really living, but mindlessly doing. I wanted to start being, not doing.
Signs that you are not living mindfully, in the present moment:
- rushing your meals
- road rage
- poor decision making
- not acknowledging your 5 senses
- poor listening habits
- automated responses to people
Being aware of being aware?
One of the first steps on my journey to oneness, a universal connection, was having a strong ability to become present in the NOW, this present moment. This goal brought me to my next 2 books: The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle and Mindfulness For Beginners by John Kabat-Zinn. The big takeaway from reading these 2 great books was that
immersive thoughts cannot exist if you are in the NOW.
Thoughts can exist, but instead of immersing in those thoughts, it is simply being aware that those thoughts exist, and being aware that you are being aware. This was a huge paradigm shift for me.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – A New Beginning For Me
After reading John Kabat-Zinn’s book on Mindfulness For Beginners, my interest peaked on the subject of mindfulness-based stress reduction. It resonated with me, it was exactly what I wanted, without previously knowing what I wanted, specifically. After some research, I discovered the Palouse Mindfulness, an MBSR 8 weeks certificate course. The best part about this course…it’s FREE! This course was my first introduction to meditation. I have been meditating fairly consistently over the past month, however, it hasn’t been every day.
The Best Meditation App – Insight Timer (get it!)
This app was brought to my attention by one of my clients. It is an amazing app for meditating, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran. With over 4000 meditations to choose from, guided and unguided, you will find meditations that resonate with you. The app builds a portfolio of statistics on your profile to help with your accountability and gives you great insight into many facets of your meditation practice. The best part…it`s FREE! Feel free to add me as a friend, search Rob Kish.
5 Main Reasons I Am Pursuing This Journey
- Enhance Emotional Intelligence
- Create Self-Fulfillment
- Manifest My Life Purpose
- Discover My Human And Spiritual Potential
- Create My Own Perspective On My Reality (without external influence)
I have developed a strong desire to seek my maximum human potential as the creator of my own destiny. I know, deep down inside, my intuition is telling me, that this is a big part of my journey, that I will not meet my potential without it. I WILL become the best of me, for myself, my wife, and all those I have chosen to be in my life!