Just like I think you should train your body, I’m also a firm believer in training the mind. Besides educating myself formally (go to school foo’!) I meditate and I read books.
Just like you train your muscles, meditation will train your brain to focus. By spending as little as 5-20 minutes a day, recent research suggests that you can actually change the way your brain works. Training your focus on a daily basis will also have massive carry-over into your other exploits. Who doesn’t want to be better at concentrating? Added benefits are that you’ll be able to handle emotional as well as physical stress better.
Meditation probably seems a bit flower-powerish for some of you, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply centering yourself and turning your attention to you for a short period of time is just a way of training the mind, plain and simple.
Added focus and concentration is a great counter to the increasing confusion and lack of focus created by having to pay attention to smartphones, email, multiple Google calendars and everything else the modern world has “blessed” us with.
Meditation should be a daily practice and just as any other practice, it’ll become easier with time. It’ll probably be pretty challenging in the beginning, but stick with it – it’ll pay off.
I read a lot of books. Since I do all my reading in English, the cheapest and most convenient way of shopping books is through Amazon. I’m currently at 90+ orders total, some of which are for multiple books. I’ve never had any problems shopping there and the prices are great. I believe in reading both fictional and factual books from all corners of the world. I use books to open my eyes and to educate myself culturally.
I’m currently reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior which is an amazingly profound book, that’s really easy to read and will change the way you look at strength and life in general.
Another great book, that really changed the way I perceive normality was The Dice Man. I’ve mentioned this book before, but it bears repeating. It’s about a psychiatrist who surrenders his free will to a dice and pretty much takes it to the end station. Very very good book.
Finally, I’m gonna mention Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is a classic written by George Orwell. There are so many things to be learned from this book, but one of the things I found extremely interesting was the way they use language to shape thinking. Considering my background it’s probably not a huge surprise to anyone I found this interesting.
Go out and get a good brain-workout in. 🙂