Have you ever wondered what it would be like to always be relaxed, and constantly observing yourself from a third-person perspective, while continually living in the moment and enjoying it? Well, let me begin with my first encounter with Buddhism which was in the book the Untethered Soul; the review for this book will be posted separately. All the book does is show you how to clear the voice in your head. I am not going to lie it is an awesome feeling, that took my performance to the next level. After reading this book I wanted to learn more but really didn’t do anything about it since I was satisfied with my results. Then I read Total Recall where Arnold Schwarzenegger described his use of transitive meditation; which is repeating the same thing to yourself over and over. It is popular with athletes that want to get them self’s in their mental comfort zone. I started using it to prepare for my IT certifications and ended up purchasing the Dalai Lama’s Book of Joy.

Around the same time, I read the 4 Hour Work Week and when I started following Tim, I realized that meditation is a powerful tool that anyone can use. It is currently used by some of the top performers in the world. The Dalai Lama shows one to go with the flow. Accept everything and viewing the world from different perspectives. There is a huge difference between intelligence and wisdom; the Book of Joy proves it. One of the most profound realizations for me was that no matter what you never accomplished anything on your own. If you had to drive down the street, someone had to build that road at some point. Then someone had to make the food that fed the workers building the road. This paradigm is also part of the basis of meditation, giving your brain a reboot by just focusing on your breathing while paying attention to all of your senses realizing that we are part of the now that is the vast universe.

Daily meditation even a minuscule amount has just as many professional benefits as personal ones. When I started getting into Forex trading the first thing that I did was read psychology books in hopes of implementing greater discipline. Since trading or investing without any self-control is just another form of gambling. I learned a lot from those psychology books, but clearing my head and getting rid of my emotions took my trading to a whole other level. At work too, some days I will run at the office and meditate for two minutes in the shower, before starting my shift. That way if there is some type of network outage and everyone else starts freaking out, I can take myself out of the moment. Ha-ha, “Keep Calm and Layer 1” T-shirts coming soon.