Healthy Mind, Healthy Body•
Posted on January 12 2016
What is it and how should we combat overtraining?
One practical thing you could do right now is to write down everything you have some fears about. Next to each one, write the amount of thought on a scale of 1-10 you give to it. After you’ve written that number, write a number on a scale of 1-10 for how likely it is to happen, 10 for a dead cert, and 1 for highly unlikely. Personally this helps me identify whether there is a reason to be fearful - and if there is I move straight to action. If there is a big gap between the numbers you’ll know you are just panicking. Usually I realise I am worrying about something that will never happen! Us Buddhists have a phrase that sums it up really, “If there’s something you can do about it there’s no need to worry, if there nothing you can do about it, there’s also no need to worry”. Also don’t watch too much of the news! I used to think all the clever people watched the news. Having watched the news twice a day throughout 2015 I have now realised that I am no wiser as a result and have packed in the habit.
Learning to meditate can be something people build up to be a big deal and as a result put it off until they find specialist help. When you know what meditation is you can see its something that is available to all of us, all of the time. Meditation, at least in Buddhist terms, is simply a virtuous concentration. By virtue we mean concentrating on a thought that will cause happiness to arise for both yourself and others. Meditation can be divided into two:
Placement meditation is a good place to start. I would recommend starting by sitting with a straight back on a chair or cross legged on a cushion on the floor. Rest your hands in your lap with your right hand on to of your left with your palms up and your thumbs touching. Close your eyes gently and simply focus on the feeling of the breath at your nostrils. Focus on this feeling to the exclusion of everything else. Its totally normal for you to find you have been distracted and followed your thoughts at this stage. Don’t worry, just draw your attention back to your breath and again try to focus on it to the exclusion of everything else. 3-5 minutes per day is a good starting point and build from there.
Hmm, Ok good question!
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