What does it take to be a better you, i.e to be better than who you are now.
Truly the answer to this question may vary for everybody, but there will always exist in life some constant factors that once set in place or practice is sure to give you a much better life or living experience.
Here are words from Michael Mamas (founder of the center of rational spirituality) that should provide you with ideas and thoughts on becoming a better you…
For those of you looking to improve your health, clarity of mind, sense of well-being and productivity, meditation is for you.
At first glance, it’s completely reasonable to wonder how one activity could have so many benefits. But the answer is quite simple: Profound rest. After a good night’s sleep, different aspects of daily life improve. Our mind is clearer, we feel better, and we are just healthier in every way. Meditation provides a much deeper and more profound level of rest. As a result, every aspect of our life is rejuvenated.
The business world can be a very stressful place. The pressures can be enormous. The demands on the mind, physiology and emotions can be overwhelming. That is why many business people extol the benefits of meditation.
What we are talking about here is a meditation, which allows such a significant level of rest, that even the deepest of stresses and strains are released. It is also a meditation that does not impose any sort of artificial or unnatural state. Instead, it allows the physiology to enter a state that is very normal and natural. Actually, whether we meditate or not, we enter that state several times a day. The problem is these brief moments are not sufficient.
We can enjoy this systematic approach to entering that meditative state for 20 minutes, twice daily. That is a sufficient amount of time to bring about the profound benefits. For some business people, the resistance to learning to meditate is because they don’t want to take 20 minutes twice a day from their busy schedules. However, once they have learned and practiced the meditation, the benefits are so obvious that they tend to do it regularly.
One of the added benefits of meditation is the enhanced sense of one’s own self. It’s something that is difficult to describe until it’s actually experienced. We become more settled and established in our own being, our own identity as an individual. We become more stable within ourselves. It’s as if we’re standing on a firmer foundation as we go through our day. The remarkable thing is that we also become more flexible and more adaptable. It can almost sound like a contradiction – more solid and established — but more flexible and resilient.
Conceptual thinking is simply exploring and pondering to find out where an idea leads. It’s a process that simply explores and ponders, just to see if something may precipitate out. It creates a mindset that perpetuates indefinitely and is completely abstract. It doesn’t look for anything concrete; it’s freeform thinking. It can be years before anything concrete and practical manifests. However, conceptual thinkers are fine with that.
Conceptual thinking is not just something abstract thinkers do; it’s the world they live in. It’s the stuff visionaries are made of. It’s the place where great innovations and inventions are born.
Some great visionaries include Walt Disney, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. When creating, they all had the ability to think in the abstract. Instead of looking at details, they looked beyond the details, then wove those details together to align with their vision. America has a great history of creative thinkers.
There is a rebellious component to being a visionary. Their thoughts typically include, “Don’t tell me who I am,” “Don’t tell me how or what to think,” or “I’m free.” However, to be a visionary, that mentality has to be tempered by, and integrated with, an ability to think clearly and rationally. This is a rare combination.
Some people are abstract thinkers. Other people are very pragmatic and concrete in their thought. Visionaries are people who weave together these different ways of thinking. They have the ability to allow their mind to flow freely, unencumbered by programmed channels of thought. Yet a visionary also has the ability to bring everything together and seamlessly integrate it with the real world. An abstract thinker is like a kite without a tail, spinning wildly in the wind. A concrete thinker is like a tail without the kite, unable to soar freely in the conceptual skies above. A visionary integrates the two — a kite with a stable and unshakable tail that soars freely into the heavens.
copied from entrepreneur.com