In Russell Simmon's Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success he writes that he believes in the power of meditation. Russell says that the most important message in his book is to get people to meditate and do yoga, something he does on a daily basis. As Russell told the New York Times, meditation helps him get closer to God:
To be awake is to be fully present, no noise, just you and God.
I've been experimenting with meditation and yoga this summer but on a less spiritual level. I'm taking a yoga class and getting massages to make my back and hips feel better and have downloaded meditation podcasts on my iPod to help me sleep better. In my case it's less about getting close to God and more about shutting off the noise in my mind and the pain in my body.
Yet I appreciate Russell's take on getting your mind fit before working on your body, relationships, or the way you make a living. You can't get your life in order without getting your mind in order. And that's what I'm trying to do this summer with my writing, getting fit and losing weight, and trying improving my health.
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