Rebooting is not having your boots resoled. It is a technical term that refers to resetting the operating system on your computer. For people that spend a lot of time on a computer like I do, sometimes really weird stuff starts to happen. The cursor disappears, things don’t load or download, when you click on things nothing happens. I am told that is because the operating system is overloaded and it takes time for it to sort itself out. So we can do a “soft” reboot by hitting “restart” or we can do a “hard” reboot and turn the computer completely off. By rebooting we go back to the normal operating system and things start to work properly. Every problem I have with my laptop is usually sorted out when I reboot.
Rebooting a computer is eerily similar to meditation. When we meditate we allow our consciousness to sort itself out and we can plug back into the universal operating system that was installed into our DNA. Let’s face it, we are deluged with information every minute of every day. Sometimes we get overloaded and we can’t operate or function properly. When this happens we get stressed, overwhelmed and depressed. When we are stressed, it is a sure sign that we need to reboot or meditate. Stress is only an error message on our metaphorical screen that tells us that we need to reboot. Stress is also a message that we need to change our life, and to start operating at peak proficiency. Here are some ways we can change our life to operate more efficiently.
- Meditate every morning when we wake: When we meditate immediately after waking, even if it is for 10 minutes, we transition from the dream world into the physical world more gently. Waking up and jumping into the fray of daily life is jarring and taxing on our body and mind. We need to take a few minutes to prepare ourselves for the shift. It is an excellent time to go from survival mode to awareness mode by asking how we can be of service today. When we wake up and charge into the physical world our ego takes over and fear follows. When we reboot and allow ourselves a conscious and mindful start of the day, fear does not follow. Try meditating for 5-10 minutes when you wake up and ask how you can serve today as you meditate. I give you a money back guarantee that your life will change for the better.
- God is the only free psychologist: When we meditate, we can stop our ego mind from over analyzing and compulsively over thinking so we can empathize and enjoy our life with compassion. Basically when we meditate we are connecting with God, Source, Universal Consciousness, our Higher Self or whatever you call consciousness. Consciousness is not some esoteric concept; it is what you experience when you detach from your ego fear based mind. When we connect, the feeling is indescribable joy and happiness. Everyone has a required minimum daily dose requirement for joy and happiness. Like vitamins, when we don’t get that minimum dose our lives start to fall apart. When we meditate, we will immediately feel more positive, rested and calm.
- Meditation is not Customer Complaint: God is not our errant boy. We don’t live at Burger King, and we don’t get it our way all of the time. Meditation is not a time for making demands, it is a time to shut down and allow our minds to settle and become quiet. When we are thinking about what we want when we meditate we are preventing our systems from rebooting. It is like the error message that comes on the screen when you try to restart that says “XYZ must be shut down before you can reboot”. When we are thinking about all of the things that make us miserable or stressed when we try to meditate there is no meditation. Meditation is not the same thing as relaxation. We can be still and relax but that is not meditation. Meditation is a brief period of quiet mind.
- Don’t carry yesterday’s stress into today: By meditating, we have the opportunity to dump the stress that we brought to bed. When we have the opportunity for a break from stress, we definitely need to take it. When we go long periods of time allowing stress to build in our bodies the inevitable result is illness and disease. Our bodies are not designed to tolerate stress. As stress is a signal to change that will get louder and louder if we don’t deal with it, illness and disease is also a signal that we have crossed the line. If we meditate, studies show that we heal faster and prevent stress. Ten minutes each morning is much easier and cheaper than a trip to the hospital.
So at this point you are probably asking what the best way to meditate would be. There are so many ways to meditate it is hard to recommend one. There are guided meditations (I have numerous downloadable meditations on my website www.jamesgrayrobinson.com), mantra or affirmation meditations where you repeat a phrase or word silently over and over (like Thank You God), breathing meditations where you focus on your breathing and what I call “The Inbetween Meditation”. The “Inbetween Meditation” is where you focus on the space between thoughts. I find doing this for 10 minutes is very beneficial.
The parallels between our psyches and computer programming are remarkable. It is clear that the early pioneers in computer science modelled their programs after human thinking. All of the idiosyncrasies and quirks in computer programming reflect our human nature. Give rebooting a try. It is a great default hack for computers and lives.