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Getting Zen, In Only 10

Submitted by on March 3, 2011 - 5:13 am

Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not about tuning out and negating the rest of the world.  It’s actually about tuning in, to your breath, to your body, to your mind.  According to world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, Deepak Chopra, meditation is “a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought”.  The beauty of meditation is that it can be done anywhere, at any time.  Actress and Humanitarian Angelina Jolie has said “I find meditation in sitting on the floor with the kids coloring for an hour, or going on the trampoline.”  Many other celebrities, such as Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and Will Smith swear by its positive effects.  Here are three simple steps to getting zen in only 10 minutes.

  1. Sit up straight, and tall.  Scan from the top to the bottom of your body, making sure that each part is relaxed, (eyes, cheeks, mouth, neck, etc. to your toes).
  2. Become aware of your breath moving in and out.  Your mind will wander.  That’s totally ok.  The idea is to continually bring your focus back to your breath each time your thoughts travel away from it.  Inhale deeply and exhale deeply, maintaining good, supported, but not tense, posture.
  3. It’s really that simple.  As time goes on you will find that your mind wanders less frequently and for shorter periods of time.  You will become skilled at tuning back in to your breath.  Start this practice for a few minutes and increase to 10 minutes, or longer.  See how in tune with your mind and your body you become.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water.  Now put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.  Now water can flow or it can crash.  Be water, my friend.”  Bruce Lee

I invite you to go within, to meditate.

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