Healthy Action Step of the Day: Meditate

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 Turn everyday activities into a meditation or moment of mindfulness. Eckhart Tolle says in The Power of Now that we can do this by becoming “intensely conscious of the present moment.” How do we do this? He recommends taking any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and giving it our full attention, so that “it becomes an end in itself.” Every time you chew a bite of food, really notice what it tastes like, smells like and how it makes you feel. “Be totally present,” as Tolle says. As you’re getting dressed in the morning, notice the feel of the material as you put it on, notice how it fits and how it makes you feel. As you’re chopping vegetables for dinner, feel the knife in your hands, notice how the vegetable slices and how it smells and feels.

While it’s great if we can carve out 10 – 20 minutes every day to meditate, remember that the end goal is to turn every moment into a meditation by being truly present in it. Tolle says, “There is one certain criterion by which you can measure your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within.”

 

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