Mindfulness meditation can help alleviate stress, achieve clarity, improve creativity, and allow one to live more in the moment.
At least, that’s what I’ve been told. Meditation is something I’ve always thought I should do, but I’ve never been able to make the commitment.
Maybe I’m not really sold on the benefits…
Here’s the thing. I feel like I’ve already got a ton of things to do with regards to my health. I work on my strength. I try to keep myself in condition. I need to improve my mobility and flexibility. I practice skill work and movement. I try and eat right, both for performance and for body composition. I try and drink enough water and get enough sleep.
Do I really need to add one more practice into my life?
Well, one thing I DO know is that meditation is best developed and understood through experience. Trying to figure it all out through definition alone is limited.
How hard can it be? Can I start with just 5 minutes?
This week, I decided to sit down and chat with Dr Adam Bletsoe, a local healer and chiropractor who’s also my “mindfulness guy”. Dr Adam has achieved amazing results with his patients by not only doing body work, but by also incorporating mind-body science into his practice. Like myself, he firmly believes that we all have the ability to heal and to achieve great health within us. And he practices what he preaches.
“Health comes from us, not to us”, says Bletsoe.
After our conversation, I went from just thinking that meditation was just “thinking with your eyes closed”, to a mindfulness practice that can have dramatic positive effects.
Adam also guided me through a 5-minute meditation session, my first successful attempt.
I recorded our conversation on video (watch time 12:38). My apologies for the sound quality (we were short one lavalier microphone, so had to make do with the on-camera mic), but I think you’ll find the material useful.
Adam shows how anyone can get started with mindfulness meditation, simply and without taking up lots of time. Have a watch.
And if you’d like to experience a guided 5-minute meditation session on your own, click here.