In a traditional monastery, monks spend time on walking meditation as well as the more traditional, seated meditation that one might think of. In walking meditation, you focus on the walking itself. You
We spend more time judging than we might think. This technique is about deliberately taking a step back from some of those almost unconscious judgements we make throughout the day. This technique is
Watch your reactions closely in situations where you are annoyed or angry. These are good times to practice mindfulness and realise that mindfulness has nothing to do with forcibly getting rid of these
Sit down quietly for a few minutes and focus on your breath. While you do this, close your eyes and focus on either a pleasant, or an unpleasant sensation. For example, you might
It's important to understand the difference between sitting down to meditate, where you are setting aside a time for "non-doing", and other times where you are procrastinating or whiling away time, which could
This exercise, like many to follow, focuses on the breath, and is perfect if you have only 5 to 10 minutes. Close your eyes, get comfortable, and breathe in deeply through your nose.
For me, the time I meditate is the only point in my day where time moves slowly, and I've come to really appreciate this. But the reason time moves slowly is that sitting
For this meditation, it's good to sit down for a sustained period, for example, around an hour. Sit down, close your eyes and just let your mind wander. Think about whatever comes to
It's not enough just to use these techniques in isolation for a few minutes a day. The goal is to try and integrate some of this awareness and mindfulness into our everyday lives.
Sit down and focus on one of the physical senses. Maybe sound or sight. You can use background sounds and close your eyes, or keep your eyes open and keep your gaze fixed
Andy Puddicombe (the founder of the Headspace meditation app) gives the example of driving a car, to explain the difference between meditation and mindfulness. When you first learn to drive, you choose to
After you breathe in, there is a moment where you aren't breathing at all, before your breath turns outward again. Start off by breathing normally, without putting in any extra effort. And slowly