Feb 1, 2009

Take a peaceful break from your hectic, fast-forward life. Regular meditation with its focus on breathing and concentration can help. This ancient Indian tradition has been shown to ease physical tension and calm the nervous system — providing relief from mental stress.

Here's how:

  • Sit comfortably either on the floor or in a chair with your head and back straight.
  • Begin with a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Close your eyes and slowly breathe, at your own rhythm, through your nose.
  • Aim to focus all your thoughts on your breath — the inhale, the exhale, the sensation, the sound. Don't fret if your mind begins to wander; that's natural for beginners. Just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing.
  • Start with a 5 to 10 minute daily meditation, then work up to 15 to 20 minutes or more.

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