my name is Guru Handsome and I would like to introduce you to the world of
are new to this type of mental exercise—welcome! In this series I will lead
you, week by week, in the development of your MENitation techniques. Don’t be
afraid, our method of MENitation is simple, effective and proven to provide
you with the stress relief and quality of fantasy life you are seeking.
week we will build our MANtra tool box from the very beginning: “The journey of a
thousand miles begins with one step,” said Lao Tzu
Today we will focus
intently on creating our “Top 5.” Many practicing MANscendentalists will know
exactly what I’m referring to, but if you are new to our practice this is
simply a list of the Top 5 Men you’d like to like to be trapped in an elevator
or on a deserted island with. These men could be celebrities, hot neighbors or
the guy at the coffee shop down the street. The idea is to constantly update
this list as a part of your walking MENitation strategy.
As we all know, our
interests and attractions vary from day to day, week to week, so revisit your
list while walking through your daily tasks. Swap order, replace members, keep
the list fresh and pleasing. Use this tried-and-true technique to keep your
focus while standing in line at the bank or grocery shopping. Why abandon your
practice just because you can’t take the time to properly sit? The beauty of
MANscendental MENiation is that it is a flexible practice, and fits perfectly
into anyone’s busy schedule.
Now some will find that
their Top 5 jump straight into their heads, while some will spend several days
carefully compiling a curated list. The creation of this list, in and of
itself, is a MANitation. Take your time, this isn’t a race against time. You
are the sole competitor in this never ending marathon, so pace yourself and
enjoy the process.
Be kind to yourself and generous with your time slots—this is important work, vital to your mental health.
You can write your Top
5 down and place the list in a visible spot or simply hold it in your mind. Try
to visualize it, what it would look and feel like, and pin it in an easily
accessible spot on your brain’s corkboard.
Got it? Great. Now
let’s get started with today’s exercise...
Ideally you want to
make sure you have at least five quiet minutes to yourself. If you are like me,
you will be at risk for falling asleep, so practice sitting up. Or if you can
afford the time, DO fall asleep—a lovely MENitation dream is a beautiful
break in your day, as well as its own reward.
You can practice
anywhere—close your eyes in your office chair, pull your car over into a
parking space at Trader Joe’s, or lie in the grass at the park. Breathe in and count to five, out and count to five. Repeat a few times, then gradually begin visualizing your list...
Glance over at Number
Five on the list, see him? Now let him smile at you. Hug him if you want to, he
will always be open and receptive. Then walk over to Number Four and say a
friendly hello...continue through the list until you land on Number One.
Remember, Number One is your Main MANtra, the guy you will default to when you
only have a moment to regroup during the day. You need to be familiar with him,
the curves of his jawline, the way his eyes take you in. Harness the way he
makes you feel and file it away in the front of your toolbox where you can grab
it anytime you desire.
Use this time to get to
know your men. This can be done as often and for as long as it takes to really
become acquainted with them. The more familiar you are with the scent of their
shirts and the way their jeans hug their thighs, the deeper you can submerge
yourself in your practice.
It may be five minutes a
day for the next week, it may be more. Be kind to yourself and generous with
your time slots—this is important work, vital to your mental health.