The not-so-secret technique to meditate anywhere

Meditation is incredibly beneficial. It is one of the best workouts you can give your mind. It directly improves your focus and attention, which in turn improves everything from mood to memory. Any task that uses the brain (which is all tasks) benefits from regular meditation.

If you find it difficult to clear your mind, you are not alone. However, don’t use that as an excuse to give up. Hard stuff matters: they filter out the uncommitted, leaving only those with enough elven discipline to carry on. Be thankful that it is difficult, otherwise no one would appreciate it.

However, don’t use difficulty as an excuse to fight. Meditation is about clearing the mind. It’s not about stressing if you’re clearing your mind well enough. All it requires is that you simply be.

This is why I recommend concentrating on your breathing. It occupies your attention without inviting you to think. Synchronize your mind and your body. There is also the benefit of relaxing. Just pay attention to your breathing and it tends to be slower and deeper. This puts you in a better frame of mind for meditation.

And when you start realizing how interesting, engaging, and subtle your breath can be, it changes the way you see the world. When your breath fascinates you, there is nothing in this world that falls under your attention.

There is another benefit to training your mind using your breath. This benefit enhances what meditation does for you. Deepen and improve your practice, skipping years of study (if you’re dedicated, that is).

Are you ready for this secret?

I’m serious. This will sound simple but it is not. This will make the difference between being successful with your practice or giving up. If you take it seriously, you’ll start reaping the full benefits almost immediately. Anyone who ignores this will have to spend years working to reach others.

Well, the big secret is…

You can breathe anywhere. Your breath follows you.

Wasn’t that impressed?

You should be.

When you learn to use your breath to anchor your awareness, you will be able to meditate in traffic. Or while she’s talking to someone. Or while she writes. If you want to bring a bit of calm, focus, or mindfulness to any task, then you can use your breath.

You can even use it while you strive to meditate. If your mind keeps wandering, focusing on your breath will help. It is the best way to recover from the wandering of your mind, whether you are meditating or living your normal life.

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