“In this New Year, you might want to try meditation. Some of you may have wondered about the benefits, stress reduction, lowering of anxiety, helping you cope more efficiently, be less frustrated, less addicted in your behavior. The most important thing from the beginning is not to turn it into another self-improvement project. Meditation can be useful if you donâ€™t expect too much from it. So let me guide you a little bit into the way I think about it.”
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“Our book is about…well the short answer is our book is about meditation. The slightly longer answer is our book is for people who think meditation is not for them or that they could never do it. I had written a previous book called 10% Happier which was all about how I, as a skeptical news man, stumbled upon meditation and how it made a significant difference in my life. I assumed, kind of naively, that when I wrote my book and explained all of my reasons for meditating, including the fact that there’s science that suggests it’s really good for you, I kind of assumed that everyone would start meditating.”
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“What inspired me to write MEDITATE WITH ME: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey was I wanted kids to have a way to slow down. I wanted to give kids a beloved book that they could connect to, that they could interact with, practices that were easy for them, a way to feel their breath in their body, a way to slow down when they need it, and a way to really calm themselvesâ€¦a way to sort of start practicing self-soothing techniques that theyâ€™ll really need throughout their entire lives.”
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I’ve sworn off making resolutions, but I do use theÂ start of another new year to recommit to growing as a person. Since January 1st, I’ve been listening toÂ guided meditations on a more regular basis. I find itÂ helps me start and end my day onÂ a positive note, and itÂ keeps me more focused throughout the courseÂ of theÂ day. Louise Hay, the founder of Hay House, Inc., has a variety of meditations that IÂ choose from for both the morning and the evening. Hay House also has a meditation podcast. Read more