Daily Meds XIII: Training the Brain


Daily Meditations, or Daily Meds, are a collection of quick-hitting thoughts meant to help you focus your own personal meditative practice each morning. Read the Daily Med, but don’t dwell on it too long. Take the feeling into a fifteen minute meditation and see how your outlook slowly improves each day.

Don’t be surprised if residual feelings of anxiety or nervousness still creep into your daily life despite all of your new knowing. Your brain is a muscle that has been trained diligently each day of your life. It knows to release certain chemicals at certain times, all in an effort to try to make sense of the world and keep you safe. But up until recently, you have been training unconsciously, like a person who runs until they are nothing but skin and bone because they fear obesity. That which you think is protecting you is actually killing you slowly because balance is being ignored.

Or perhaps you’ve always instinctively known to lean into the positive aspects of life, but do it lazily or only when convenient. This is akin to only training your arms while neglecting the rest of your muscles. Again, balance is key.

Retraining your mind, fully and consciously, requires having enough presence to pause during feelings of panic, assess the feeling, recognize it for what it is, and then change the perception of the situation. In any situation, the entire hierarchy of emotions is at your disposal, so choose wisely. Soon your mind will know to react differently to triggering stimuli, and you’ll catch yourself daydreaming about positive outcomes almost exclusively, instead of floundering in a painful life you once inhabited.

*If you’re just getting started on your spiritual journey, or want to better understand some of the terminology we use in Daily Meds, consider picking up The Integrity Method, the backbone of the IFL Club and all of its content.