At a work conference this summer, I attended a breakout session about reducing stress. In that session, we were led through a 10 minute guided meditation. I was reluctant - but came away with a relaxed body and an open mind. Perhaps I would try some of the reading materials suggested by an instructor. One book turned out to be particularly good, 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I enjoyed the book a great deal. If a type-A, highly competitive news person could benefit by meditation, perhaps I should give it a try.
Now (almost) every morning, I start the day with a few stretches, maybe some light exercises, and then 5 minutes of breathing meditation. I set a timer on my phone and stop when it goes off. Some days it’s easier than others. “Just” concentrate on your breath. Breath in, breath out - just think of the breath. When your mind wanders - and it always does - come back to the breathing. Most days it feels good physically, the light movement and breathing is relaxing. On other days, it feels good both physically and mentally - and my ability to concentrate and remain - in the moment stays with me all day. If you need a recharge - just stop what you’re doing and breath in, then breath out. I find that the deeper the breath, the better. You can do it in meetings (provided you you’re not a heavy breather type. It’s great in the car - especially good while stuck in traffic or red lights.
Now I have a meditation “practice” - if I dare call it that. It’s about breathing, paying attention to the breath, staying in the moment, focusing on the here-and-now. It’s like the concept of “Be Here Now” that I encountered in a corporate training last year. And of course there’s a Beatles connection: George Harrison recorded a song, Be Here Now, on his 1973 album Living in the Material World.