When We Need to Meditate

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This quote says it all.   Truly.  When we feel too busy and hurried and stressed for time to meditate is EXACTLY  when we most need to.  That’s when meditation will particularly benefit us.  Try it.  Even if you just take 5 minutes from your crazy day.  That’s a fine place to start.  Find a comfortable place to sit.  Quiet is best, but sometimes that’s impossible.  Turn off your phone.  Shut the door.  Set a timer.  Close your eyes.  Breathe deeply.  Exhale.  Repeat.  Your thoughts may race.  That’s natural.  Don’t try to stop or change your thoughts.  Simply notice them.  Breathe deeply.  Exhale.  Repeat.  Just notice the thoughts that might be charging around your brain.  Just notice them.  Inhale deeply.  Exhale fully.  Repeat.  You can repeat a mantra quietly, aloud or in your head.  Something gentle.  Perhaps, “I am safe,” or  “I can do this,”  or  maybe just  “Love”.   Something that comforts you, soothes you, or makes you smile.  Inhale deeply.  Exhale fully.  Repeat.

When the timer rings, take another moment to focus on your breath.  Then open your eyes slowly.  Keep breathing deeply as you return to your work.  Do this again later today when you’re feeling harried or harassed.  Do it again tomorrow.  Keep going.  This is healthy.

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