<aside> 💡 I practice mindfulness meditation regularly for an average of ~7 min every day for the last ~5 years. I try to meditate 20 min daily.
There are two states of mind: one being here and now and one being immersed in thought. Close your eyes and focus on experiencing the present. What are the sounds? How are the sensations of your body? How does your own consciousness feel? How a cloud of sensations like emotions feels like? There is no way of doing it wrong. Experience the sensations of here and now. Naturally, thoughts will come and take you away in the abstract space of no-time and no-place. Your task is to discover that you are consumed by thought and come back to here and now. Be kind to yourself. This is an impossibly hard task. Accept that you will be failing it. (in order to feel any effects commit to 10min a day for two weeks)
Or just play
Smile by Tara Brach (25:29)
The advantage of meditation is not that you’re suddenly going to gain the superpower to control your internal state, it’s that you will recognize just how out of control your mind is. Naval Ravikant I think most of the people who never meditated have this impression that they are in control of their thoughts. During meditation, you witness how hard it is to stay here and now and that thoughts come up on their own.
Staying for a minute without getting distracted is a heroic feat. The longer you meditate the easier it is to recognize this "torrent of discursivity" which is preventing you from staying focused. Sam Harris
You can uncover that consciousness itself has intrinsic quality of wellbeing. Simply paying attention to the experience is the antidote to the feeling of dissatisfaction. That what is aware of sadness isn’t truly sad. Sam Harris
All of humanity's problems stem from men's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. – Blaise Pascal
How to Master Your Mind? by Sam Harris on Tim Ferriss Show
Listen to Adam Grant talking why he doesn't meditate on Sam Harris's Podcast (link to 50:30)