Dave Asprey – Can We Speed Up Meditation? 00:00 Meditation is one of those things that feels like a chore for most people. I spent years learning how to meditate. I went to Tibet to learn meditation from the Masters and spent three months traveling around Southeast Asia. I’ve been to all sorts of meditation seminars. I’ve done Indian inspired things out of the Hindu tradition for many years. I’ve looked at Sikh meditation and I like to do it because I’m all about increasing the performance of my brain.
00:30 Problem is I’m kind of busy. I have two kids. And meditating when you have kids around doesn’t really happen because they’ll interrupt you all the time. Yes, I could wake up early, stay up late, but I also could allocate that time, toward my relationships or towards my mission and I choose to do that.
00:46 Throughout the years, I’ve also been measuring and monitoring my brainwaves. It turns out there are many different technologies that allow you to increase the efficiency of your meditation, so it doesn’t make you a good person because you meditate for two hours a day.
01:02 In fact, I would argue it makes you a better person if you meditate for one minute a day with the results that you would get from two hours of meditation every day. And the reason it makes you a better person is now you have free time and you can do something good to help someone else with that time. Right? So we owe it to ourselves as human beings to achieve the states of meditation and the learning that comes with them in the most effective way possible. You wouldn’t want to take 20 years to get a 12-year high school degree, so why would you want to meditate slowly. And yes, I am saying hurry and meditate faster, but that’s the world we live in and if you can do all of the meditation that you want to do more effectively, why would you not do that?
01:40 One of my favorite quotes on meditation was from a book, a very esoteric book on Tibetan sleep Yoga, and the semi-enlightened masters writing. It says, you know, in this life I’m helping a lot of people. I’m really busy. I don’t have time for my own meditation practice, so I do all my meditation while I’m asleep. [Laughs] And he, of course, had a way of doing that, but the deal is even at that level, we’re looking at this.
02:05 You look at the Dalai Lama, he has awards, have multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars out for neuroscientists who can help him achieve certain advanced Buddhist dates in less time because says, look, it takes me four hours of meditation to get to this state. It’s a viable state, but I don’t have four hours. Could you help? So let’s just acknowledge these are precious, amazing life-affirming states that make you a better human being and you’ve got to get there, but could we get there more effectively please?