This idea was inspired by David Cain over at Raptitude, who over the years has compiled a list of experiments that he’s performed in his own life to apply interesting ideas and see how they turn out. I’ve always found these to be entertaining and interesting and I think doing quick trial runs of potential habits is a great way to really test their value in your life. So, in his honor, and given that I’ve been reading a lot about it lately, I wanted to run an initial experiment in my life with establishing a daily meditation practice. I also believe meditation was the first of David’s many experiments and now it’s a huge part of his life; so, definitely a big inspiration.
The Meditation Experiment Terms
My goal will be 30 straight days with some form of meditation practice every single day. I’ll probably aim to keep each session between 5 and 10 minutes so that it doesn’t seem too daunting. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious or particularly rushed, I have no problem changing that up though.
If I miss a day, I’m not going to beat myself up about it, but will just continue on with trying to hit every following day. I’ll record notes on my progress and how I’m feeling as I go. At the end of the 30 day window, I’ll share a post on how it went with those notes and any lessons learned. Hopefully, at that point it’ll be cemented as a habit in my life and I’ll continue practicing it and reaping the benefits.
Speaking of benefits, here are some of the ones that the internet tells me are possible:
- Meditation reduces stress.
- It improves concentration.
- It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
- The practice increases self-awareness.
- It increases happiness.
- Meditation increases acceptance.
- It slows aging.
- The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.
That’s pretty impressive since it involves no cost, no physical activity, and no drugs or doctors. All it takes is a little thought and consistency. If I can reap even a single one of those benefits to any extent, then I’m certainly game to try. I also believe that Tim Ferriss has said that more than 80% of the “world-class performers” he interviewed and included in his book, Tools of Titans, make use of meditation in their lives. That certainly speaks highly of its value as a life skill.
So, today is November 4th, 2017 and I’ve successfully completed my first session for the day. I’ll report back with the results of the experiment in a month!
Whether you’re reading this at the start of my experiment or any time in the future, I’d love for other people to give it a go and let me know how it works out for you. Feel free to reach out in the comments below or send me a note on twitter: @AardvarkAdvisor