Start med­i­tat­ing – now!

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It only takes a few min­utes a day – and the ben­e­fits are end­less. By Bon­nie Vaughan.

o you think of med­i­ta­tion as some­thing deeply spir­i­tual prac­tised in a serene space and in the lo­tus po­si­tion? While it can be that, it doesn’t have to be. Med­i­ta­tion can be some­thing you do when you’re wash­ing the dishes or walk­ing the dog. You can spend an hour do­ing it, or just five min­utes. It can be as sim­ple as sit­ting down and tak­ing a few deep breaths.

Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, med­i­ta­tion re­ally just comes down to the prac­tice of be­ing mind­ful – and that sim­ply means pay­ing at­ten­tion to what you’re do­ing and us­ing all your senses. You might fo­cus on the rhythm of your breaths, the feel­ing of your feet on the ground, the sound of the wind in the trees, the sen­sa­tion of the air on your skin, or the beauty of the clouds in the sky.

Med­i­ta­tion is not about emp­ty­ing your mind of all thought, but ac­cept­ing that thoughts will come your way and, with­out judg­ing or dwelling on them, let­ting them go and com­ing back to the present mo­ment.

To do that again and again for any set amount of time is all it takes to med­i­tate.

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