Getting Deep Into It

Overthinking_Wendy

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)

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One thought on “Getting Deep Into It

  1. Hi Keeley,

    From what I can gather, most of what you do is in isolation; you work and play on your own —bookkeeping, yoga, running, reading, writing. And when with others, you’re usually engaged with your business. Solitary in tasks, or solitary in thought.

    Doubtful that adding another solitary practice, “real meditation,” will be helpful. I suggest, instead, that you engage in something two or three times a week (when possible), that’s not solitary, that requires learning, that you must pay attention to. Spread out your “mindfulness.” Try folk dancing, martial arts, or something else that you must do with others.

    This is not a solution, it’s an experiment. Solutions often fail, experiments never do. Let’s say four things can happen. (1) I hate folk dancing, I’ll never try that again. Hmm… maybe, martial arts. (2) I don’t like Irish folk dancing, but I might like Celtic dancing. (3) I like this enough to keep at it for the time being. It will probably become more fun as I learn. (4) This is the greatest activity ever. I’ll do it until I die.

    Only number 4 is likely to leave you worse than before. (People who are overly enthusiastic with new experiences are often disappointed when they realize it’s not a sprint, but a marathon. The rare exceptions often become experts.) Numbers 1 through 3, at worst give you valuable feedback for your next experiment, at best provide you with balance, new information to apply to your solitary endeavors (insight comes from everywhere), and avoidance of burnout.

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