The path of least resistance is the easiest path to travel. A good friend of mine once said “any dead fish can float downstream.” It is easier for us to remain where we are in life rather than make significant changes to alter the course we are on. It is easy to become overwhelmed as we try to plan out a course of action to achieve our goals and dreams. Hopefully, what follows will help simplify the process and put you on a more focused course to success.
This book came to me like a surprise party—planned and ready, waiting for me to just open the door. I had just started working as a personal coach when I realized my clients were doing the work of humanity. By changing the way they chose to live and their perspectives on what they wanted out of life, they were making a positive difference in the world around them. And, yet, that’s not the whole story of how this book came into my life.
How often have you been driving your car, ended up at your destination without remembering the last hour of your journey? Or have you been sat at work with a deadline looming and suddenly realize you’ve been staring at the computer screen for the last 20 minutes without doing anything? Most of us have experienced time lapses such as these, when we drift off, thoughts claim our attention and we become totally unfocused on the job at hand. It’s as though we become unconscious.
The reality is that during these times our unconscious mind does take over, we do lose control of our conscious thoughts and we’re no longer present to where we are and what we’re doing. We might as well be unconscious medically, because that’s how unproductive we can become.
Most people come to meditation thinking, or even fearing, that it is difficult. No matter how much some people rave about the benefits of meditation, many think it would be easier to relax by merely playing a sport, reading a book, grabbing a drink, watching TV, or doing any number of things that don’t require much effort.
Meditation does require some effort, or personal discipline, and it takes up the most precious commodity in our lives – time. Yet, to derive all of the benefits takes practice. So why go to all the trouble of learning to meditate? Isn’t it all too hard? The short answer is that learning to meditate will invariably help your well-being. One of the best answers is that you will feel the benefits almost immediately, which is definitely one of the greatest aspects of meditation. I like to think of meditation as an insurance policy to protect your most precious asset – your mind.