Calm.com – Bringing Mindfulness to Your Desktop

June 24, 2012

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Calm.com is a website that came about as a result of the popularity of DoNothingFor2Minutes.com.  Calm.com offers the perfect tool for "mindfulness".  OK, OK, I’m skirting the word “meditation”, because I can already hear the masses… "I've tried meditation, but I can't keep my thoughts quiet",  "There's too much going on in my life to keep my mind silent", "It’s too hard…"  Yeah, I get that it's hard, but so is the first time you decide to run a marathon if you have yet to train.  Silencing your mind is akin to working a major muscle group.  The more you work it, the stronger easier it becomes to remain present and free of thoughts.

Calm.com allows you to start with a 2-minute visual mind session and graduate to a 10-minute session. (I would love to see Calm allow for increments up to 10 minutes.)  The term mindfulness is synonymous with being completely present – here, now, in this moment.  Thoughts are kept out of this "gap" and you allow yourself to focus 100% of your attention on being still and present.

What's so important about NOW?  Have you ever been frantic and frustrated at solving a particular problem – only to have the answer pop into your mind after you've allowed yourself to JUST SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET?  It's really not as coincidental as mere mortals might believe.  Every spiritual guru on the planet worth their salt speak about the power of NOW. The Bible touches on it – “Be still and know that I am God”.  Monks devote their lives to being PRESENT.  HERE. NOW.  Chade-Meng Tan helped Google develop an entire office culture around this "mindfulness".  Phil Jackson has 11 NBA championships as a result of teaching his players how to be STILL in the midst of chaos. 

Why?  Because your power is in the NOW.  Whether your job is to drop a ball into a round hole 10’ in the air, or come up with the next billion-dollar application the world can’t live without, it often requires our best effort.  Sure, eventually ideas come.  But the idea behind mindfulness is to be able to access our brilliance straight away, rather than stumbling upon the “ah ha” moments or inexplicably entering "the zone”.

"If you are depressed, you are in the past.

If you are worried, you are in the future.

If you are at peace, you are in the NOW."

- Lao Tzu

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