Why Getting Branded Taught Me How To Meditate

Ludo De Angelis
2 min readNov 25, 2022

2 groups of people were subjected to a hot probe placed on sensitive skin. 🔥

Group 1: Advanced meditators

Group 2: Normies

The meditators experienced the pain as 3x times LESS UNPLEASANT than the normies.

Why?…

1. Meditation promotes space

“I should have thought first before I said that…” 😞

The practice of noticing ones reactions increases the space between a stimulus and your response.

That space is the key to self-control. 🔑

2. Meditation promotes calm

“Motherf*cker that was f*cking hot” 🤬

Though one can notice the pain of a stimulus, through meditation we can slow down, calm ourselves and stop our knee-jerk reactions kicking in.

That self-control keeps you calm. 🌱

3. Meditation promotes presence

“I suffer because I am {excuse/story/reason}…” 🎻

We love to weave a story and make things needlessly worse for ourselves.

Seeing pain objectively allows us to manage much more than our normie counterparts. 🤹‍♀️

So do you want to be able to…?

  • Keep calm
  • Stay present
  • & maintain mental space?…

Ok, can you guess what you need to do more of? 🧘

Yes, brand yourself daily with a hot iron.

🐄

(no, not really)

Studies show that even FOUR DAYS of mindless training can vastly improve your mental toughness and resilience.

Can you commit to four days? Come on now.

4️⃣x🧘

The more space you can create between the experience of a feeling…

…and the urge to freak-out…

…the more successful you will be in navigating all challenging scenarios.

🏔

That’s it! Thanks for reading.

This article was inspired by the book #DoHardThings by @stevemagness 📕

Hope this article helped you think more deeply about your relationship with technology. If you’re feeling stuck and creatively unfulfilled, drop me a message and we can chat about it.

Ludo ✌️🖤

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Ludo De Angelis

I write about creative fulfilment, our relationship with technology and living a good life.