#14 - Meditation and mind training

1- Topic of the week

Meditation is often understood to have a spiritual and religious component. This is why I often use the term “mind training”. Whatever you want to call it, the practice of meditation can be completely detached from spirituality and simply seen as an exercise to strengthen your mind. The same as you go to the gym to strengthen your body.

When you see it this way, a regular practice of meditation becomes an important part of the personal growth journey, along with other basics like exercising regularly, eating healthy and sleeping enough.

In our world of ever-growing distractions, mind training is needed more than ever and it is an important skill to have in your toolbox. And meditation happens to be the best mind training tool out there.

A few months ago, I had written a very pragmatic article about the benefits of meditation. Feel free to have a read.

Yuval Noah Harari often credits meditation for his incredible skill in describing reality. He meditates 2 hours a day and goes on 30-to-60-day silent retreats every year. He dedicates the last chapter of 21 Lessons from the 21 Century to it, here is an extract:

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PS: As you can see I haven’t taken the “drawing straight lines” course yet

2- Great content of the week

You know it, I’m in love with Yuval Noah Harari. Many of you here are too. I’m also in love with Sam Harris. So when they do a podcast together, it’s mind-blowing!

I had listened to #68 a few months ago and it was amazing, this is what made me want to read Homo Deus. Last week, Sam Harris released his second podcast with Harari about the challenges of the 21st Century and it was, again, amazing. Make sure you listen to it. Even if you’ve already read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, it’s a great complement.

3- Challenge of the week

There is a mind-training and meditation program so if you haven’t done it yet, don’t hesitate!

Now the challenge of this week is to make sure you plan a time to meditate every morning for the next 7 days. You can use any technique you already have. If you don’t have any, just take even 2 minutes to focus on your breath and it’ll be a great start.

Let us know if you’re keen to do it in Slack > #weekly_newsletter

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4- UNLOCKT news

Last weekend, I was at a festival and did a little Acroyoga activity. This Sunday, I’ll do one on Champ de Mars, should be fun.

I’m currently checking the evolution of mindfulness in my hometown of Paris. It’s not as advanced as Bondi or California but still making progress.

On this topic, I interviewed Antoine Gerlier, founder of the French meditation app Namatata, on the following theme: Is meditation now mainstream?

Thanks again for the participation on the Slack community. Keep going with the intention of the week and let’s plan the chat about 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. I also started the conversation for October’s book in Slack > #book_of_the_month

Love,
Alex