Have you been feeling stressed about, well…everything? Meditation can cut through anxiety and boost your immune system, but lately it might be harder than ever to find a quiet moment in the day. The good news is that you don’t need perfect serenity to reap the rewards of a meditation practice. Meditation can take place at almost any point during the day, in a variety of settings—and it doesn’t require silence or solitude.
For his book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, the busy television journalist Dan Harris worked with a meditation expert to devise short guided sessions that people can use at different points during the day. Meditation can occur in the midst of other activities, including walking, resting, or even watching TV. The basic method only requires three steps: pause to sit, tune out distractions, and focus on your breath.
More so than any other variable in meditation, including the duration of the session, the consistency of the sessions matters most. If you use basic mindfulness techniques for even 60 seconds a day to establish a meditation practice, you’ll quickly reap rewards.
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