Sanity in Minutes {Mindfulness Meditation}

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For years i made attempts at meditation.

Sitting in the bath tub with one candle lit; focusing intently on the flame {my friend Richard suggested this technique}.

Legs crossed on a floor cushion “om”-ing away.

Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Just focus on the breath, nothing else.

Huh? WTF do you mean focus on nothing else. I’m an analytic Virgo, focusing on nothing else is impossible.

Feeling defeated time after time, I eventually gave up. then, randomly, as these things go when perusing the internet, I stumbled upon a radical video, featuring a soft, progressive, well-spoken, {handsome} doctor named Jon-Kabat Zinn.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn, speaking to a group of google employees, goes well beyond discussing the benefits of mindfulness meditation, he actually leads the group into a brief {20-30 minute} guided meditation session. Lucky for you and me, the smart people at Google recorded it!

Hearing something I’d never heard before when referencing meditation, Dr. Kabat-Zinn declares that it’s quite alright for your mind to wander off. As a matter of fact, that’s what your mind does! upon hearing this i had a duh moment! Suddenly I realized my mind lapsed to another place, best get back to focusing on the task at hand.

Mindfulness is about recognizing you’ve drifted off into la la land and bringing yourself back into the moment.

Poetically, our minds are likened to the ocean. on the surface it’s turbulent, even raging at times but drop down 20-30 feet and you’ll find peaceful waters.

By practicing mindful meditation we too can drop down and experience moments of calm.

Calm, I want more of that! But if you need more convincing, here are a few added benefits of practicing meditation:

  • reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke {read more here}.
  • lowers blood pressure
  • effective non-pharmaceutical option for treating depression {read more here}.

Thanks to Dr. Kabat-Zinn my relationship with meditation has forever changed. My goal is to incorporate meditation into my life daily.

What are your personal thoughts on meditation? Would love some additional tips or personal experiences of how the practice of adds to your well-being and overall health.

First time viewer? I highly recommend you watch it from the beginning. if you want to get right into the guided meditation fast-forward to the 20 minute mark.

jennifer elizabeth {the glossy queen}

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4 Responses to “Sanity in Minutes {Mindfulness Meditation}”
  1. P. Thomas Garcia says:

    Great article! As I mediate, I listen to Solfeggio frequencies sometimes w/ binaural beats. I think it’s a great compliment to mediation, as it manifests the sacred geometry of nature as sound. Listen to Solfeggio frequency 396 Hz. http://youtu.be/ppeN8gmk-JU “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.” – Nikola Tesa.

  2. DanEastSide says:

    cool thank’s for the blog, i will try it.

    • awesome! hope its a tool that will benefit you!

      i see you like to cook, you may want to check out a previous post i did, chicken mint couscous with apricot and mint {it’s not italian, but delicious none the less}! just started this blog, but i plan on sharing lots more yummy recipes – stay tuned.

      oh, and since you work at whole foods maybe you can relay a message…many of their loyal customers want labeling of all GMO foods, i’m one of them! GMOs are poison to our body and earth and i’m doing my best to keep them off my plate…proper labeling would be most helpful!

      thanks for your comment and all the best!

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