Work is like meditation.
Hold on, I know that sounds crazy — work for most is anything but stress-reducing and relaxing.
I don’t mean that work creates the EFFECTS of meditation (lowered blood pressure, calmness, etc.) but rather that it can feel all-consuming, overpowering, and mentally encompassing.
For the past few weeks I have been entering work on a whole new level.
I used to work diligently during the morning and experience my focus trailing off throughout the afternoon — by evening I was ready to exit work mode entirely and move into more enjoyable pursuits (watching Nashville, going to bed at 8:30pm, etc).
Now that I’ve been spending my time steadily learning, asking questions, and engaging myself in a whole new challenging level, I’ve been getting deep into it.
I never understood people depending on melatonin or Advil PM to get a good night’s rest, but now I’m the one lying on my back staring at the ceiling while thoughts about investors, money, cashflow and revenues spin through my brain.
Taking a walk or doing yoga before bed has been helping — reading business books or working on the computer after 9:00pm has not.
Open to any and all advice for those of us who are “deep in it” — maybe I should try actual meditation?
(Illustration by Wendy Macnoughton)