Why Reading can Change your Life


Reading. It is something that is necessary for our society to function. If you were not literate you would not understand what I am writing as of this moment. You would also be very limited to engage in other aspects of society. Let’s look at the brain for a moment. The brain is a remarkable structure. It allows us to recognize the environment around us, allows us to have a perception and millions of functions which are mostly unconscious to us. I would compare it to your digestive system. Your digestive system has the ability to consume something physical, break it down and extract the necessary energy from it, providing fuel to your body. The brain works the same way but instead of consuming something physical, it consumes information. It then uses this information, filters it out and then creates or adds to a perception or belief system. Unlike the digestive system that is active when we eat, the brain is consuming information all the time. Our perception is the way we see the world. No two people will see an apple in the same way because they both have totally different experiences and therefore have gathered totally different information. I would even argue that people with a similar perception of the world like each other and people with conflicting perceptions dislike each other.

So what does this all have to do with reading? From my experience of reading book after book, I have seen drastic changes over the years. First off I would say it really depends on what you are reading. If we look at the analogy given above comparing the brain with the digestive system, you can see that if you eat junk food the digestive system will only be able to take so much energy from that food. This may leave you feeling sluggish and tired all the time. It also has to remove all these toxins where even more energy is required. If we look at the brain we can see there are things that are like junk food for our brains. Some examples include mindless TV shows, gossips stories of celebrities and a variety of things that just give you immediate pleasure. As said before all this information will alter or add to your perception of the world. If you keep consuming information like this over and over again, this is all that the mind will see in the world and it will be hard for you to think or be open to other things in life.

I think you can see that if you start feeding your mind with information that makes you a better person, naturally you will start becoming a better person. It may take years and years to notice but from my experience, I can definitely conclude that this is, in fact, the case.  And this is why I find reading as one way to do this among many others. Reading books that will stimulate creativity and start making you think more deeply, that teach you things about yourself that you didn’t know and essentially anything that increases your perception of the world in a way that will allow you to be the best version of yourself are the books I am talking about. I am not one to say what things are good and bad, and I am not saying that watching cartoons all day is a bad thing. I am just saying if you watch cartoons all day, that will make up the majority of your perception and the way you see the world will be limited to that information.

On another note, reading book after book will, without a doubt, increase your intellectual capabilities substantially. I would argue that no human being is dumb, they just do dumb things and in contrast no human being is smart they just do smart things, if that makes any sense. Reading has definitely increased my perception in a way that I can be the best version of myself. Also, the time spent reading is time spent away from all the bullshit information in our world today because let’s face it, in today’s society it takes something to not let all the bullshit get to you because there is so much of it. The moral of the story is to do things that will make you be the best version of yourself and for me, reading is one of those things.

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What is meditation and why is it important?

Meditation is a very broad term used in today’s society. It can mean a variety of things. Wikipedia defines meditation quite well. They define meditation as a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. There are a variety of methods to induce this increased awareness. Even something as simple as going for a walk and clearing your mind is a form of meditation.

From my experience, I can say meditation is one of my most important habits. Why? Because the mind is a crazy beast. It is constantly going, going, going and it rarely stops. It is like a monkey jumping from one thing to the next. With a mind operating like this it is very easy to get lost in our thoughts. When we start to get lost in our thoughts I find we limit our capabilities and remain unconscious of the things that are actually going on. It gets out of control and creates unnecessary stress and anxiety. This is something you must notice and it is hard to notice when you are lost in it. I would argue everyone suffers from this on a varying degree unless you’re an enlightened yogi or something like that.

I would argue that because our minds operate like this, we find it hard to stay within the present moment. We are always projecting ourselves in the future or we are living in the past. This, I would say, happens unconsciously to the majority of us. We then wonder why we are stressed all the time and sometimes you would even say you’re not stressed because being stressed all the time is your normal way of living. It is like a fish trying to notice that it’s living inside an ocean. You must have a clear intention to notice this in yourself. I find in today’s society mediation could not be more important. There are so many distractions, like social media, emails, and advertisements that just grab your attention unconsciously. This fuels the monkey mind.

Meditation is not something you can do. Meditation is a way of becoming. You become meditative. If you meditate every day, slowly you start to become meditative all the time. You create a distance between you and your mind and when this happens you are able to control it much more effectively. Once you have control, you can just about doing anything in this world and the more distance you create from it the more peace that will enter your life.

For me, my meditation is just sitting in a cross-legged position for 20 minutes every day. I just remain still and notice what my mind is doing. I don’t try to control my thoughts and try not to engage in them. I just remain the observer. As strange as this may sound, don’t try to do this. Just be the observer. To keep my mind from drifting off, I focus my attention on my breath. One thing that is always happening right now is your breathing. I find focusing on my breath really grounds me in the present. I still have crazy monkey mind but as I notice it more and more, I can create a separation from it. As I meditate more and more I can see myself getting much more peaceful and my ability to function at any task has increased substantially, but still, there is a long path ahead.

There are numerous long-term and short-term positive effects from meditation that have been scientifically proven. Check out the article written by Forbes at the end of the post. I strongly encourage whoever is reading this to start a meditation habit, if it’s an hour a day or if it's just five minutes a day. You will definitely notice the difference in your quality of life. Also, I encourage you to learn how to meditate properly. There are a variety of resources out there that can teach you how to meditate properly. I am still learning how to meditate properly.

Ask yourself, how are you able to do anything in this world? Only through your body and your mind. Gain control of your mind and body and the world is literally your playground to do whatever you desire. It may be a long and daunting task, but I don’t see anything as important for achieving the things you want in life.

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Forbes: The Effects Of Meditation On The Brain