Friday 15 December 2017

Mindful moment… Everyday meditation

Even after ten deep breaths, nothing feels as urgent
Even after ten deep breaths, nothing feels as urgent

Marianne Power

The Buddha is said to have declared that he meditated two hours a day, except when he was busy. Then he did double.

His counter-intuitive logic was that meditating helps us to do everything more efficiently, and the busier we are, the more essential it is that we sit still and do nothing. It's a hard idea to get your head around, but I have found it to be the case.

When we are running around like headless chickens on Red Bull, there's a fairly good chance we are wasting a lot of time doing things we don't need to do - and often doing them in a state of stress, which rarely results in clear thinking or good decisions. When the pressure is on, many of us half-do everything, hopping from task to task without giving any one thing due time and attention.

So now, when I find myself in that headless-chicken Red Bull mode, I think of the Buddha, have a cup of tea and take a deep breath. Then I take another one. And even after just 10 deep breaths, nothing feels quite as urgent as it did before - and somehow things just get done.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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