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A Simple Change Can Make all the Difference

In today’s 24/7 world, we all seem to be rushing from one event to the next. Take your day-to-day activities — wake up, hurry to work, speed through your morning emails, finalize meeting notes, gobble down lunch, give an hour presentation in the 30 minutes allotted, head home, throw together a quick meal and get ready for the next day. What’s missing? Down time — everyone needs it. And many companies are taking note — they are even bringing meditating experts for lunchtime meditation sessions and holding yoga classes for employees.

No this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke — it’s a real trend. Check out this article in the New York Post, which features Mark Thornton, author of Meditating in a New York Minute and the writer behind the First30Days of Meditating. We were fortunate enough to have Mark hold a lunchtime mediation session with First30Days and the entire team could really see the benefits. We are a crazy start up over here, so learning to handle the stress, ups, downs and unpredictable events is a necessary skill for all of us.

I can personally attest to the benefits of meditating. I have long been a believer in taking some time each day to find your center. It’s how I start everyday — with 20 to 30 minutes of quiet time with myself. I did an interview yesterday for BusinessWeek and even took a minute to sit and meditate in the chair with all the cameras on me, fully miked up- It helps! A few deep breaths, grounding, reconnecting to my center, saying a mantra . . . and then I was ready.

When you find things getting a bit out of control, take a moment to focus on your breath, clearing your mind. If you are looking for a way to get started, sign up for our meditating email tips.

Posted by First 30 Days on April 1st, 2008 in New Directions | 0 comments

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