CoastingBy Mary Clifton, MD
How to do 2-3 minutes of very functional meditation. – Tweet this!
This all goes back to my dad. He meditated every morning, but he never called it meditation. He wasn’t into anything new age-y, hippie, anything like that. He called it coasting.
Every morning he would get up, then he would just lay in bed with one hand on his chest and one hand on his tummy and feel his breathing, become aware of his heart, think about his stomach and his intestines and how hungry or not hungry he was. He would simply lay out his day. Some days when he had time, he coasted for 15, or 20, or even 30 minutes, but most days my dad was just like you and me. He had a family, he had a job, and he was up and at ’em as soon as he could get going. He just took a couple of minutes at the beginning of the day to set his intentions, to identify his goals and his plans for how he was going to lay out his day.
This the way I suggest that we bring meditation into your life. – Tweet this!
This is a great place to start. You don’t need to do it for hours. You don’t even need to do it for 15 minutes. Your bed is already warm and cozy. Put one hand on your chest and one hand on your tummy, and feel your breathing, become aware of yourself, and draw that energy into yourself.
During the day if you find yourself really stressed out or you’re about to stress eat and you want to figure out a way to avoid that and get that under control, you can bring that energy and that peace back into your body, and into your mind, and into your soul very easily by just assuming that position again, and feeling your breath, being aware of your heartbeat. It’ll give you that moment to slow things down, and restore your intentions, and get yourself back on track.
Thanks for joining me; have a wonderful day.
Dr. Mary Clifton
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