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In the trendy world we live in and since most of my friends live in Santa Monica or DTLA, I decided to hop on the basic train and take on meditation and stretching as my month’s activity. I coupled these together because this is My 12 Month Journey and I am doing things that challenge me and interest me.
The breakdown of this article is going to be fairly simple:
I chose to do mediation for a couple of reasons. The first one is because I always hear people talking about meditation and I wanted to see what it was all about. I heard Lewis Howes interview the founder of Headspace and I knew I had to give it a try. I figured that if hugely successful people were meditating that I should try it and see what the hype is all about. Another reason for picking up meditation is because I wanted to give myself a chance to relax and gather my thoughts. I’ve been super busy since my book hit the market and became a best seller, so I wanted an activity that would keep me grounded and help me recharge and stay calm every day.
I coupled mediation with stretching because I might be the least flexible person I know and I want that to change. When I was playing basketball in high school, my chiropractor said my muscles were so tight that I was missing out on adding a few inches to my vertical. You never know, but maybe those few extra inches would’ve given me the boost needed to dunk. Probably not, but hey, a man can dream! I’ve never been able to touch my toes and I hope that by the end of this month I will be able to do that. I’ve never been flexible so I knew stretching everyday for the whole month would be a great challenge for me.
Meditation is incredible! Honestly, before I started I thought meditation involved sitting on the ground with my legs crossed. It is so much more than that and Andy Puddicombe, founder of Headspace, does a great job of teaching beginners like me how to control my thoughts. Meditating has been great as it has helped me fall asleep easier without technology. It has helped me relax and take time for myself. Most importantly, it has helped me feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenge of building my newcoaching practice and raising awareness for my big upcoming event with called Jake & Jake.
Now for most people, stretching is fairly easy. For me, it is extremely difficult. To put it in perspective, touching my toes is a huge challenge for me. This month has really helped me stretch out my body and loosen me up. It’s helped me feel less sore after playing basketball. It’s helped me sleep better at night. The best part, my body feels better already and I can feel myself becoming more flexible.
My goal is to meditate every single day for at least 10 minutes. The reason for this is because I am figuring out the best time for me to meditate in order to yield the best results.
My goal is to be able to touch my toes standing and sitting. It will be a huge accomplishment for me and I’ll finally be able to do something that my gymnast of a brother can do.
Meditation and stretching has been quite the adventure. My 12 Month Journey is all about doing things that challenge me or that interest me and this month is no exception. Not everyone is going to find my activities challenging or worth their time, and that is okay. I’m doing this to show everyone that we all have our own challenges and interests. We all have our own journeys, so choose something that makes you better. Choose an activity that gets you excited, challenges you and interests you.
Just a heads up for everyone… I am hosting a live event with Jake Kassan, CEO of MVMT Watches on June 25th at Valencia High School in Southern California. We are going to be talking about entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, online advertising, interviewing and much, much more. Learn more here.