I am at my best when:
- I work out at least 45 min 6 days a week.
- I have 0-1 drinks five days a week and 2-3 drinks on at most two days a week.
- 90% of my calories come from whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and seafood.
- I meditate at least 10 minutes a day.
I do not believe in diets or 90 day exercise regimes or anything like that, so my effort is spent trying to tweak my life to make the above livable long-term habits.
I am improving but have a long way to go.
As for meditation, I started meditating in law school and even lived in McLeod Ganj for a few months, where I worked with the Tibetan Government In Exile.
But I find it very hard to meditate daily, especially when so much of my life is structured around quick and / or deep mental bursts.
Recently, a friend recommended the app Headspace, which I have started using.
So far, the meditation techniques are fairly basic (I’ve only done the first four), but, despite (or perhaps due to) their simplicity, I find the mental barrier to begin meditating is lower with the app.
I hope this continues and my practice improves.
A common meditation technique is to let your thoughts float by as if they were clouds; to treat thoughts as separate from consciousness; to understand them as passing sensations.
This week, as I was meditating, education reform was on my mind, and as the app instructed, I let the thought of education reform float away.
It felt very good and, for an instant, fully dissociated me from the education reform tribe.
My guess is that this is an important habit to cultivate, that emotional separation is as important as intellectual separation when it comes to acting with empathy, reducing bias, and developing non zero-sum solutions.