By EMMA HAAK PREVENTION
Meditation sounds so easy: Just sit still for as long as it takes to let your mind go blank, and feelings of negativity or distress will drift away. But who has such limitless time? And can one generic exercise really relieve all the ways we get overwhelmed? We asked three meditation gurus to confront these nagging questions. The result: 8 simple meditations to change 8 common, troublesome mind-sets in just 10 minutes. Get ready to solve the problems in front of you, one breath at a time.
Your Issue: “I feel stressed from the minute I get to the office until the minute I leave.”
Your Meditation: A traditional Tibetan technique called sky-gazing meditation. Look out the window, relax your whole body, and let your gaze expand into the spaciousness of the sky. Repeat the ahhh sound silently—it’s the most open sound you can make, and it amplifies the feeling. Let your attention go, and sit for a few minutes. If you’re not near a window (or worry people will think you’re daydreaming), sub your computer screen for the sky and rest your attention on the perimeter of your monitor instead. —Dean Sluyter, natural meditation expert and author of the new book Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative CONTINUE READING