It’s been two years since I started meditating.

20 minutes a day. Stillness. Calm. Relaxation.

Mentally being transported to an intergalactic worm hole where I balance barefoot on beams of bliss. Where my soul is both buoyed and beaconed by blessings and beings who break bread with bears and build bridges from bitterness to beauty. Where bones and bodies are beautifully baptized by bon fires of belief.

Yup. Happens like that every time.

Nope. Never happens like that.

It’s been two years since I started meditating.

20 minutes a day. Stillness. Calm. Relaxation.

I’ve never seen a spirit animal.

Before we can fully dive into what meditation IS, we must first separate ourselves from what it ISN’T. A lot of new meditators assume that they are doing it wrong because they aren’t having this nirvana-like experience. They close their eyes with the expectation of chopping it up with God or discovering that they have the soul of a Leopard.

Simply put. That’s not what it is.

I mean, maybe that’s what it is, but I’m not that good yet.

Being able to meditate well enough to separate my skin from my soul is some next level shit. Some Dragonball Z - Pokemon type shit. That’s going to require a lot of practice.

Practice? We talking ‘bout Practice?

That’s what meditation is. It’s a practice.

And what is practice? It’s the repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.

In other words, the more you do it, the better you get.

In the case of meditation, the more you do it, the better you get at it, the better you feel and the more benefits you can achieve.

All of that stuff at the beginning of this post MAY be possible. I may be able to meditate to the point that Coke tastes like Pepsi and you can water marijuana plants with whisky, but I’ll never know if I don’t practice.

So let’s start at the beginning.

A.      Meditation is a practice that requires time, commitment and consistency

B.       Meditation is NOT an immediate path to metaphysical enlightenment

C.       The more you practice, the better you’ll think, live and feel.


So – we have plenty of time to talk about a lot of these subjects, but let me offer 4 quick tips to get started.

1.       Find somewhere comfortable to sit.

When I first started meditating I tried to sit guru style on the floor. My legs and body were not prepared for that, I spent the majority of my first sessions thinking about how much my ass hurt vs. quieting my mind. I sat on the floor for weeks, hurt ass and all because I wanted to be a purist. I wanted to be like the guy in the manual or a monk from Tibet. Once I got off the floor and sat in a comfortable chair, I was able to get the most out of my sessions.


2.       Breathe.

Breathing is the key. My wife wonders how I can fall asleep so quickly. I’m not narcoleptic, but I do know that the body can’t sleep if the body isn’t at rest. Your body can’t rest until your heart rate slows down, so when I climb in bed at night, I take deep, prolonged, breaths until I am fast asleep. Meditation is the same way, work to develop a natural rhythm with your breath. In time, you’ll become fascinated with it, you’ll become present with it and it becomes the key to the first doors you’ll unlock.


3.       Don’t let your thoughts distract you.

One of the biggest complaints I get from people who are new to meditating is the fact that they find themselves still thinking about stuff. This is normal, the more you meditate the more you learn to not focus on these thoughts, but rather acknowledge them and push them aside. A lot of amazing business and personal ideas come during meditation, those are by definition…‘thoughts.’ So the object is not to block out all thoughts, but to learn how to not let those thoughts dominate your mind. It’s tricky I know, but the more you meditate the more control you will have on the flow of thoughts into your mind. I’ve been meditating and thought about my budget, but instead of obsessing over it, I acknowledge it and make an agreement with myself to evaluate later, when my stress is much lower.


4.       Do it every day.

I used to meditate in my living room at around 6am each morning. Without failure at around 6:10am, one of my daughters would wake up and either cry, whimper or talk. My sessions were always interrupted and for a while I wasn’t meditating at all. I tried doing it at the end of the day, but I refer you to that whole ‘falling asleep’ easily portion above. Unsuccessful. So I now get to work 30mins early every day, and meditate in my car. It’s quiet, I’m comfortable, I have temperature control and I meditate. Find a solution that works for you, something you can do consistently.


Start here.

Be patient with yourself.

Practice. Practice Practice.

…and in time. Peace. Calm. Understanding and hopefully enlightenment will come.



Tony Price Meditation Man

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Tony Price 

The Meditation Man, reformed stress addict
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