Quote Series No. 42

“{Meditation} is the energy of attention. It is the capacity in each one of us to be present 100% to what is happening within and around us.” 

~Thich Nhat Hanh

To many, meditation is an abstract term to describe something Buddhist monks do as they float cross-legged above their yoga mats. However, it is far more simple (or complex) than that. It is something we can all do, and something many people do every day without putting a name to it. Meditation is not the complete and utter absence of thought; rather, it is the focusing of one’s attention on a single thought, idea, or occurrence. Whether it be closing your eyes for 30 seconds and focusing on a single task at work, before/during/after exercise, in the car on the way to work or school (don’t do this one with your eyes closed), or 15 minutes at the end of a yoga session or long day, meditation can have substantial benefits. It helps one to focus on a particular part of his/her life, mind, or environment. Accompanied with controlled breathing, it can help to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol rates. It is also a way to exercise control over our brains and sort through the millions of external stimuli they receive over the course of a single day. Be one with yourself. Be one with your environment. Don’t let yourself be consumed by the things that demand your time and attention, focus your time and attention to remind yourself of the things that matter most to you and go seize the day!

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