Last week, I talked up Headspace. I try to get my Zen on every day, but for a Type A type like me, sometimes one resource just doesn’t cut it. Is it ironic that even when it comes to my meditation I tend to be an over-achiever? Hey, I’m in good company. Consider this interesting article about the late, great Steve Jobs and the one question he asked himself every morning. I don’t know if daily meditation will put you and me in quite the same “Genius Zone” that Jobs lived in, but it’s a start.
This week, I wanted to share a few more mindful resources on meditation, in case you’re not yet convinced to give it a try for yourself.
- Once you’ve tried out Headspace’s free trial, if you’re ready for more, I recommend this Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered in Morristown.
- Not from around these parts? The MBSR course came from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, which also offers a live online MBSR course.
Mind Over Money
As I suggested in my last post, if the intangible benefits of meditation don’t necessarily float your boat, there’s also solid evidence that meditation can help with your physical well-being, and your financial health. Here are some resources supporting that claim.
- The CFA Institute (for Chartered Financial Analysts) offers its members continuing education credits for referencing its Meditation Guide for Investment Professionals and has posted blogs like this one, exploring the benefits: “As investors we must see the world for what it is, not what we prefer it to be. … Avoiding bias, preference, and prejudice means controlling our responses to the world’s stimuli.”
- Abnormal Returns founder and editor Tadas Viskanta, a fellow evidence-based advisor, offers these insights on mindfulness, meditation and investing: “Mindfulness is about putting your mind in a healthier, more balanced state, and that is a recipe for living a richer, less anxious life.”
- Early Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan, aka the Jolly Good Fellow, retired from his high-tech Google day job in 2015 so he could dedicate himself to meditating at least three jolly hours daily. I still love this YouTube video as well as his Mengstupiditis blog from back in his Google days.
My Own Meditative Meanderings
Those who have been with me for a while may recollect that this is not my first post about mastering meditation for fun and potential profit. Give these a click.
- Reflections on our May 4th Seven-Year Anniversary – Sometimes it takes a misfortune to find your fortune.
- Financial LIFE Planning: Meaningful Meditation – If you ask me, I don’t think it’s coincidence that “meditation” and “medication” are but one consonant apart.
- What Sheri’s Been Reading: “Is ‘Mindfulness’ Just Another Management Fad?” – Anne Fisher posed this question in a Fortune magazine article back in 2014. I mentioned then my 20–40 minute daily session with Headspace. Still at it today, I can attest it’s certainly been no fad for me.
I said it then, and I’ll say it again: Meditation is powerful stuff. Try it, you’ll like it!
SAGE Serendipity: Today we want to share a 3 minute video from The New Yorker Daily Shouts online section. It’s a “mockumentary” called MILLENNIAL HOARDERS, and it’s hysterical. I think we probably all know someone with the capacity for digital hoarding. Stay on the stream and watch the goof on hand sanitizers. Moleskin notebook obsessions…