Tips for incorporating meditation into your daily life:

Fitting meditation into your daily life is a great challenge.  At first, it seems as though there is no possible time to meditate!  Seems ironic, doesn’t it?  As you find a few minutes here and there to fit meditation into your life, you will see that life is so much easier with a clear mind, that meditation makes space for itself.  Here are a few recommended places to start.

Train yourself to practice mindfulness while:

  • Waiting in traffic – try to notice how many breaths you complete while waiting for the light
  • Doing the dishes – notice the feeling of the water on your hands and the pace of your breath
  • During a commercial – practice using the mute button and notice the breath in and out
  • Taking a shower – hear and feel the rushing water, notice the steam rising
  • Sunset/Sunrise – pause for a breath and observe the change in the light and shadows
  • Walking outdoors – observe your breath, the sensations of the air on your skin and the fluidity of your movements
  • Standing in line – also a good place to practice the QiGong preparation standing form

(A friend of mine learned to always practice on the toilet, guaranteeing at least a few times a day of practice!)

Eventually, when you have enough practice, you will find that you are able to use the techniques in difficult situations:

  • In a meeting – practice being aware of all the different sounds in the room
  • During an argument – listen and feel for your heartbeat, notice its rhythm

By Karah Pino

A versatile communicator, critical thinker and far sighted problem solver. Trained in creative thinking with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art including Metalwork, Multimedia Sculpture and Digital Design. Earned a clinical Master’s degree in East Asian Medical Practices and Principles such as holistic creativity and nature based systems. Trained in shamanism, trauma recovery, naturopathy and indigenous wisdom through Navajo Wisdom Keeper Patricia Anne Davis, learning the Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process for wellness restoration and harmonious living.

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