John Kabat-Zinn reminds us that meditation is simply “paying attention” and that paying attention is the first step to living more mindfully and learning to reduce stress. In his book Full Catastrophe Living Mr. Kabat-Zinn teaches us that through meditation we can learn how our own mind works and how often our mind is thinking about the past or the future and not about right now, the present.
I’ve been meditating consistently now for eighteen months and I’ve seen the difference it can make in how I handle stress. I am more likely to respond to a situation with grace than react with anger. Learning to quiet my mind and focus on my breath has helped me navigate life through a much clearer lens, one that is magnified with love, acceptance and compassion.
One of the easiest ways to get into meditation is by using a simple body scan. Try this 9-minute one from The Wild Divine. After opening the link, click on the YouTube box to watch.
To make meditation matter in your life download the Insight Timer App onto your phone to provide you with beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide meditation community. Insight Timer is the fun and easy way to support your meditation practice.