This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading MEDITATION + MENTAL HEALTH section of the HAPPINESS chapter from the book, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness written by Author, Jack Butcher.
Getting rich is not just about luck; happiness is not just a trait we are born with. These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn.
So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that should guide our efforts? What does progress really look like?
The Book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness is a collection of Naval’s wisdom and experience from the last ten years, shared as a curation of his most insightful interviews and poignant reflections.
Yesterday, I started reading MEDITATION + MENTAL HEALTH section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
MEDITATION + MENTAL HEALTH
Another method I’ve learned is just sitting there and closing your eyes for at least one hour a day. You surrender to whatever happens—don’t make any effort whatsoever.
You make no effort for something, and you make no effort against anything. If thoughts are running through your mind, you let the thoughts run.
I recommend meditating one hour each morning because anything less is not enough time to really get deep into it.
I would recommend if you really want to try meditation, try sixty days of one hour a day, first thing in the morning. After about sixty days, you will be tired of listening to your own mind.
“If thoughts come, thoughts come. I’m not going to fight them. I’m not going to embrace them. I’m not going to think harder about them. I’m not going to reject them. I’m just going to sit here for an hour with my eyes closed, and I’m going to do nothing.”
How hard is that? Why can you not do anything for an hour? What’s so hard about giving yourself an hour-long break?
* Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself. * It only “works” when done for its own sake. * Hiking is walking meditation. * Journaling is writing meditation. * Praying is gratitude meditation. * Showering is accidental meditation. * Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
- Meditation doesn’t mean you’re suddenly going to gain the superpower to control your internal state. The advantage of meditation is recognizing just how out of control your mind is.
- Meditation isn’t hard. All you have to do is sit there and do nothing. Just sit down. Close your eyes and say, “I’m just going to give myself a break for an hour. This is my hour off from life. This is the hour I’m not going to do anything.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read Choosing to Build Yourself section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 27 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.