Hustlers Guide to Meditation: How Meditating Made me Calm and Collected
Meditation is something that gets over complicated. In this article I am going to show you what worked for me and then you can go from there.
I got into meditation a few years ago. Nothing serious other than closing my eyes and clearing my mind.
To me it wasn’t anything that life changing.
Over the years however I started learning more about how important breathing is. From calming your mind to overall health.
I would meditate here and there.
When walking in the city I would practice what I call walking meditation.
Walking meditation is where you go for a walk and just observe the world around you. No judgments just you and the moment.
Fast-forward to today and I meditate daily.
But enough about me…
Why You Should Meditate
You’ve heard for years how good meditation is. For me it has allowed me to master my mind. You become aware of your thoughts and how your mind works.
To put a label on it, you can call it state-control.
What keeps most people away from meditation is that they associate it with hippies. This though isn’t true.
Businessmen and hustlers meditate as well.
It isn’t as much of the act of meditation as what it does that helps you. Meditation gives you peace and lets you find your center.
As a Young Hustler this is crucial. We don’t have time to get burned out and waste time. Meditation is what aids you in being calm and collected.
Benefits of Meditation
You can read hundreds of articles online about the benefits of meditation. But I’ll save you the time and just tell you what meditation has done for me.
Personal Benefits of Mediation:
- Control Over my Thoughts
- Reduced Stress
- Better Concentration
Control over my thoughts-
When you meditate you learn to not judge your thoughts. It is just you and your breath. Your thoughts come and go.
You learn that your brain’s job is to talk and your job is to direct it.
Every time your thoughts start talking you simply shift your attention back to your breathing. Inhale and exhale. Chaos and then peace.
I began seriously meditating during a 3 month period of constant hustling. I had no income and so stress would come on easier.
Instead of letting my mind get overwhelmed I would go up on the roof and meditate. Birds would chirp and the wind would blow the branches.
Deep within myself I found peace. When I opened my eyes I had clarity of mind and got back into the world.
Without meditating during that time I wouldn’t have made clear decisions. Instead of making long-term decisions I would’ve rushed to make short-term decisions.
When you don’t have any income and you’re broke, desperation kicks in. Not for me though. I attribute this to my mindset and meditation.
In your own life you will go through struggles. But by meditating you will enhance your mind and thrive.
Combine control of your thoughts with reduced stress and you get better concentration.
Through meditating my concentration went through the roof. When working on something I would focus on the task at hand just like when meditating.
Instead of focusing on breathing, I replaced it with client work or writing.
How to Meditate for Beginners (Young Hustlers)
When approaching meditation forget about everything you know. You don’t have to sit a certain way and chant. You don’t have to do anything like that.
Meditation is about you and not the “right way” to do it.
Start by sitting somewhere quiet. Close your eyes and then breathe in through your nose. Fill your stomach with air and then blow it out of your mouth.
Don’t worry about technique. Just inhale and exhale. From there clear your mind without forcing it. What works for me is to just focus on breathing.
Do this for 5 minutes. For me the best time is either in the morning or at night before bed. You will find that 5 minutes is enough time to re-center yourself.
Learn the basics and then go from there. A book that I recommend is Sit Like a Buddha. I only read the first chapter and some found useful tips.
For a full walkthrough I made this video for you:
How to Do Meditation to Increase Concentration When Working
As I said meditation has helped my concentration tremendously. Other than coffee I don’t take any mind enhancers at the moment.
Since most of my work requires my mind, concentration is crucial.
To increase your concentration by meditating stick to the above method. The only difference is to do the meditation before you start working.
Get oxygen to the brain and clear your mind. This helps you put your full mind on the task ahead.
Not only that but as we discussed above, you learn how to focus your mind.
That is at the end of the day all concentration is. It isn’t popping some pill. Yes, nootropics help but you have to learn how to focus on your own.
Final Thoughts on Meditation
When meditating you only need yourself and a quiet place. Anything else is just extra or can be used to enhance your experience.
For me I will sometimes light a candle or incense. Often times however it is just me and the moment.
If you want to play music in the background I recommend you keep it at a low volume. Below is one track that I use from time to time.
Click play and then go through the steps below.
As a reminder here are the steps for meditating:
- Find a quiet place
- Set a timer for 5 minutes
- Sit down, cross your legs, and place your hands on your knees
- Close your eyes or keep them open
- Breath in through your nose and out of your mouth
- Let your thoughts come and then refocus on your breath
- Repeat 5 and 6 until the timer runs out
That’s it. Keep meditation simple and stick to the basics.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.
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REAL DEALIN’ With The Real Dylan
If there is anything I like about your whole package(posts,tweets,website etc) its that there is no clutter, no unnecessary ad-ons or frills. The theme of your message stays steady. You really are calm and collected. And that for me is why I keep coming back. Thank you.
I appreciate your comment Ozone. It’s people like you that show what I’m doing is working.
Awesome post. I think walking meditation is very underrated.
Thank you brother.
Another groundbreaking post indeed Dylan, however also would be good to compare the benefits of both meditation and sport discipline to get clear focus and mastering the mind.
Best regards dude!
Good idea. I may just write up another post in the future. Thanks for your comment Alejandro.
Great article. No bullshit. No filler. Just pure calm and collected advice.
Meditation is really an underrated tool.
Nearly all the successful people I know meditate in one way or the other.
As you perfectly said, meditation is about you and not the “right way”.
Just sit down and get inside. Feel what’s coming up. Get comfortable with your real self.
It’s really great for stress relief, mastering your emotions and I attribute a big reason for my success to it!
Keep these articles coming! Great site, just found it!
Great comment Dan. Welcome I look forward to seeing you around.
Great post, man! I love how you break it down so simply at the end.
I’ve been meaning to get into meditation, too. I just seem to keep putting it off. I’m going to use this piece as a guide to start today.
Have you ever tried the Head Space app?
Glad you found value bro. It’s been a game-changer for me. Like you I’m a hustler so 5 minutes a day is perfect. No but I’ll check it out today.
Great post lol I was waiting for this. Question. What if I’m about to give a presentation and can’t find a quite place?
Simple. Follow steps 5 and 6. Your breath will calm you and let you focus on the moment.