This morning, like every morning, I sat on my chair, rested my hand on the knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe – inhale, pause, exhale, pause….all till the count of 7 for 10 minutes.
Meditation refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication and makes us more productive.
It increases our capacity to resist our urges, and helps us in making better thoughtful decisions. Our ability to resist an impulse determines our success in learning a new behaviour or changing an old habit. It’s probably the single most important skill for our growth and development.
A word of caution – meditation is also one of the hardest to learn.
Here’s a key though – whenever you get distracted, bring your attention back to your breath…start counting till 7.
Each time you meditate, you will be proving to yourself that temptation is only a suggestion. You are in control.
So, if you’re just starting, sit straight, set a timer for how many minutes you want to meditate. Once you start the timer, close your eyes, relax, and don’t move except to breathe, until the timer goes off. Focus on your breath going in and out. Every time you have a thought or an urge, notice it and bring yourself back to your breath.
That’s it. Try it today.