Meditation: Why I Do It, Why It Isn’t as Weird as You Think and How It Could Help You Parent

I, like you probably just did, would have rolled my eyes right out of my skull had I read that headline even five years ago.

Meditation has become a fixture of my daily life, however, and I don’t see that changing … ever.

I don’t even know how it happened, either. I kept hearing about its benefits on podcasts and blogs and before I knew it the Headspace app was on my phone, doing wonders for me.

The app guided me through several different methods of using meditation for different purposes (such as focus, sleep, energizing or even dealing with back pain).

It trained me to use my mind much more effectively and to find calm and clarity in many more situations than I previously had access to — something that has come in hand in a big way as a parent.

It’s not as weird or silly as you think, either. It basically just boils down to closing your eyes, breathing and just … bringing things down a notch. The more you do it, the more of that built-up internal “pressure” gets relieved, and I find it a much better mental state to operate and make decisions from.

Meditation has tangibly helped me become a better dad and — though it’s been a challenge at times — a better overall person.

It’s something I know I’ll incorporate in varying forms the rest of my life.

Here are some resources to help get you started.

These days, I tend to use Oak Meditation (h/t Kevin Rose) — which is included in my Oura Ring app — but is also a pretty great standalone app.

There are also tons of great options on YouTube, and I encourage you to explore and find some that work for you.

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