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Where do you find equanimity and balance in your life?I have a very, very simple daily meditation practice. When I do my practice, I have less anxiety, a greater sense of spaciousness throughout the day, and a deeper well of energy and resilience from which to draw when things get difficult.
When I don't do my practice, my mind gets more cluttered, and I have more anger and anxiety. And then there's this: regular mindfulness practice has been clinically proven to be as effective as medication in treating mild to moderate depression.
So I have a regular daily mindfulness practice.As I said, it's very simple. It looks like this:
- I set the kitchen timer for 10 minutes. Or sometimes 15.
- I sit. I sit cross legged on my bed, because that is comfortable for me, private and quiet. But you can sit in a chair, or on the floor, in a busy place or a quiet place. That part isn't important.
- I breathe. Not in a special way; I just breathe, and notice my breath.
- I keep my eyes open, but relaxed.
- I observe my thoughts. It's not like they go away, or get special or peaceful in honor of meditation-time. They just continue their regular chatter, and I watch. I watch the chatter, I gently cultivate the ability to let all the chatter float by, without doing anything about it, like holding on, following it, or trying to shut it off.
- That's the practice. I keep doing it until the timer rings, and sometimes for a little while after.