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How to meditate—and why

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David Gelles has an interesting piece on meditation in the NY Times, which includes links to various other articles and resources.

As readers of the Guide know, I consider the morning shave as a golden opportunity for mindfulness meditation: your attention is easily focused on what is happening in the moment, and paying close attention to what you’re doing suspends the nagging concerns of modern life that are the parasites of the mind.

If you haven’t considered using the shave as a meditation opportunity, give it a try. The experience encourages a meditative approach, and the meditative aspect enriches the experience. The cumulative effect of daily meditation can be significant in reducing stress and providing resilience to daily crises and frustrations.

Something to try in the new year.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 December 2016 at 9:25 am

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  1. For me the prep making hot lather is meditative, but the shave requires mindfulness. Do I have that right?


    25 December 2016 at 9:39 am

  2. As I understand it, mindfulness is one kind of meditation. From the article to which I linked:


    There are lots of different types of meditation. Most religions have contemplative traditions, and there are plenty of secular ways to meditate, too. But in recent years, mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular.

    Basic mindfulness meditation is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an accepting, nonjudgmental disposition. The goal isn’t to stop thinking, or to empty the mind. Rather, the point is to pay close attention to your physical sensations, thoughts and emotions in order to see them more clearly, without making so many assumptions, or making up stories.


    25 December 2016 at 10:01 am

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