There’s one really important skill that we don’t learn in school. Most people never learn it, even though it’s probably the most important skill to master; it’s the skill of mind control. Not controlling other people’s mind’s, but controlling our own mind.
By ‘control’ I mean focusing our attention to ever finer points of conscious awareness, compared to never focusing our attention and have a mind buzzing with noise and random thoughts. Through practice it can be learned to eliminate our mental noise and live in a much deeper state of awareness.
Most people in the world haven’t practiced relaxation techniques, and fewer have practiced seated meditation; but the good news is that even though the number is few there’re more people now than ever before practicing these techniques. That tells me that people see the benefit of relaxing mind and body at deeper levels.
I feel like I say this a lot, but meditation is extremely important. It’s the thing that we can do that will teach us the skill that I am saying we all need to learn. By relaxing at deeper levels and by slowing our out-of-control minds down to a single point of awareness, we are actually learning how to more easily focus our attention, which means we see more, hear more, remember more, and take back control of our mental focus.
Reading, writing, arithmetic, mind control. I think it should be put on our list of things to learn when we are very young – it’s easier to start off in the right direction than to spend years unlearning bad habits. Even so, I strongly encourage everyone try meditation so they can learn to more easily choose a deliberate state of being that is in one’s best interest (meaning doing more things we enjoy and less things we don’t); you will almost immediately see it’s benefits and know that it is a good skill to learn.
Have you tried meditation? Please share any feedback in the comments.
Also see: The Many Benefits of Meditation