Not all meditation is in the lotus (cross-legged) position. It could be while you’re in the shower, or on your way to work in the car, or even while you’re in the commode. Your mind is a muscle and just like every muscle in your body, you can stress it, build it, and relax it. That’s simply what this is about, relaxing your mind in this high-pace world we live in.
Zen = Nothing
To me, zen is just realizing and accepting everything that is happening right now. Imagine your having a really bad day, you can let it get to you by pouting or feeling sorry for yourself, or you can simply accept it and move on with life. Shit happens — that’s life, if you can accept it, you can overcome it.
Introduction to Samu — The Urban way to meditate
Samu is simply meditating while doing your everyday routines and accepting reality just as it is. Like washing the dishes, cooking a meal, or driving home from work — these are things you do everyday while your mind is on autopilot.
For example, when running, say to yourself “I’m running” and listen to your body. I feel a little pain in my feet, my heart is racing — yet I feel alive. When a thought comes into your mind, simply accept it and move on.
These times also make for good thinking/breathing time. I’ve had some of my very best ideas in the car or while on a long run.
Here’s a few examples of how I think or clear my head:
Sit in the sun in the morning after the kids go to school
When I’m in the shower
When I’m on the commode
When I pull up at home and turn the engine off
That first 15 min before you go into a deep sleep at night
Being by moving water (streams, lakes, oceans, rivers)
While I’m in the car
Cleaning the house
The Ultimate Urban Meditation Mix
I believe relaxing the mind is a two-part system, eating raw (or nutrient-rich) foods and breaking a sweat.
Try this for the ultimate meditation:
Go for a nice long run or walk, with no electronic devices — just you.
Slam a tall glass of fresh veggie juice (you can pick this up at Whole Foods, health stores, or juice your own) — preferably with beets, not a V8.
Take a long, hot shower for 20 mins. Then, take a huge deep breath and rotate your head.
Coming out of that is like coming out of a coma, your mind is on fire and completely energized — you feel so alive and freaking amazing!
Your heart only has so many beats it can handle. If your constantly worried and trying to keep up on things you will shorten your life.
Find little ways to relax your mind, even if it’s driving down a country road with the radio up. Whatever relaxes you. Do it.
When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
If there is one thing I could recommend to someone who wants to change their life or become an entrepreneur, it would be to find something you’re passionate about and turn it into a product or service. Design this product or service in a way you would want it, then, once you’re happy with it — test the market and see how it reacts. You can learn so much about your idea once you make it and share it. You’ll never know what it could be if you don’t. If you have an itch for something, scratch it. If not, no worries — I’ve put together a challenge to extract it from your brain.
Scratch your own itch
“If you’re into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.”
— Sir Richard Brandson
A high school coach wanted to make a lighter shoe for his track team. So he went in his workshop, poured liquid rubber in the family waffle maker and made a lighter shoe. Nike was born. Now it’s the best selling running shoe worldwide. (Bill Bowerman)
A kid that loved playing with iPhones wanted to create an app. He begged his parents to get the $100 Apple iPhone developer kit (to code iPhone apps) and coded all night. He now has two apps launched and works for a tech company in NYC, the best part — he is only 12 years old. Watch this amazing Ted video. (Thomas Suarez)
An unemployed factory worker who was passionate about cars, wanted a sports car that made him happy. While building “the people’s car” (Volkswagen Beetle) for Hitler, he slowly developed his dream car. Porsche was born. (Ferdinand Porsche)
A man wanted to share his favorite salad dressing with more than his family and friends. He got to work by making large batches of his dressing in a bathtub in the basement. Newman’s Own was born. They’ve also donated over $330 million to charities. (Paul Newman)
A college dropout who was addicted to technology, envisioned a personal computer in every household. So he went to work in his mom’s garage and started a computer company. Apple was born. (Steve Jobs)
I had it on my bucket list to bike the Mississippi river from downtown Baton Rouge, to New Orleans during the Rouge Orleans race (an ultra marathon). On the interstate, it’s only 65 miles, but on the winding river, it’s 120+ miles.
I had absolutely no experience distance biking before, but I had a plan — so I thought. The goal was to bike every week for two months getting up to 45 miles in a single ride. That didn’t happen. Then, before I knew it, the day was here. No preparation (I haven’t peddled 5 miles on a bike), no more time.
February 11, 2012
I woke up with ease at 4:00am, I packed everything the night before and I was ready to go. After making a quick breakfast (3 egg breakfast wrap with spinach and salsa), I prepped the bike for the trip and drove to downtown Baton Rouge, LA.
By 5:30am, I hopped on the saddle and began peddling. It was dark and cold. The moonlight guided the way. While biking down River Road, ran into some water at the bottom of the levee and my socks and shoes got a little wet. I continued down River Road cautiously and slowly being it was dark. It was peaceful.
About 40 miles in to the trip, I started to feel my toes get numb from the water that splashed on it earlier. I pulled over at a chemical plant entrance to take my first break and to thaw my toes. I took off my socks and in order to get warm I grabbed my lighter (thank god) and lit my socks on fire, then my feet. I didn’t feel a thing and my feet where ice. It looked like the beginning signs of frost bite.
I sucked it up and kept on trucking, then I approached a gas station with a huge sigh of relief. I was going in for coffee and to warm up, hey maybe they might have some socks. Mural was up and I was happy to see it. After taking off some gear, grabbed my card and tried to go in. I then realized that it was an abandoned store and the cars in the lot where abandoned too. In a panic to thaw out, I grabbed some trash around and make a trash fire to help warm me up. That lasted about 30 seconds and blew away.
I got back on the bike.
After a few miles I stopped and searched for a gas station on my phone. I found one about 5 miles out of the way, but I had to go. I was frozen.
That single drive was the worst. I was going north and winds were roaring, it must have been 20 – 30 mph. The traffic was flying. My nose was running like Dumb and Dummber, and I was about to call it off.
When I got to the gas station, it was very warm inside. I used the bathroom, grab some snacks/bars and was walking to the coffee pot — when I saw a breakfast bar! Man. I loaded up on hot grits, eggs, bacon and a biscuit. Slammed down a hot cup of joe and my wife, Kate, not only brought me a fresh pair of socks but she brought me back to River Road (2.5 miles back).
I completely recharged my batteries and was feeling great.
On that single drive, I must have been going a steady 30/mph for about 20-40 miles. I was hauling ass and loving it. The sun started to come out and life was good. Ice cold, but good.
I made a few more stops along the way, to meditate, rest and relax. I was really enjoying life.
When I made it to the spillway, I started to feel my body ache everything. My butt was sore, hands/wrists were bruised and swollen, neck was hurting, and my knees where grinding. It was about 3PM and I realized I wasn’t going to make it to downtown New Orleans. My uncle lives about 10 miles up in Destrahan, LA so I decided to make that call. I called my wife and asked her to pick me up at my uncle’s house.
I made one last top at this Shell gas station in Destrahan. To re-charge my batteries, grab some coffee and maybe some food. I scored it big when I saw they freshly baked pizza. Buffalo-chicken pizza. The woman said that she just made it fresh and it was hot. I happily paid for that, huge cup of coffee, a rice crispy treat, and a moon-pie for my girls.
I got back on the levee and made my way back to my uncle’s house. It was a huge sigh of relief when I saw his truck parked in the drive way. He greeted me with fresh turkey and pecan king cake. Life was good.
You can do all the planning you want to, but sometimes the best way to put it in the calendar and just do it.
I think I figured out why road bike handles look like a ram. I had a series of different positions to put my hands when it started to hurt.
Dress warm if it’s going to be cold.
Do it when it’s warm, cold weather + biking + river winds = sucks.
Next time I’ll say on a road, not gravel.
Pack extra food – maybe I made more stops being it was my first trip but I ran out.
Take a hot salt-bath that same day
I’m not nearly sore was I though I would have been. And I think it’s because of that bath I took. I took a long, hot Epson salt bath in a jacuzzi and massaged my back and feet for 40 mins. I shortly passed out after that.
If possible invest into a better bike
I made it in a $100 bike from Wal-mart (The GMC Denali).
It’s just easier and faster
Using one device (iPhone) for GPS, camera, phone, time, maps – will take a toll. Next time I’ll bring a solar charger or separate device for a phone.