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Stop, Drop & Meditate

Meditate. It's the souls medication.

No matter the day and no matter the time, stop, drop and meditate.

Meditation is centuries old, however, the popularity of the practice has increased twofold in the past ten years. Leading motivational speaker Tony Robbins begins each day in ten minutes of meditation focusing on his breathing while expressing gratitude and embracing the positive energy within and around him. As Tony says, “If you don’t have 10 f—ing minutes for your life, you don’t have a life.” So, stop, drop and meditate.

There are multiple reasons why meditation has rapidly grown in the past years, first and foremost is its innate ability to establish increased calm and ease while allowing the body and mind to relax. The tools and techniques of meditation give us the ability to slow down and become mindful of ourselves and the world around us. Given the positive outcomes of meditation, more schools have started utilizing the practice in replace of suspension and detention. Julie McMahon who chronicled meditation in the Syracuse, New York school system recognized how a few moments of quiet and stillness are the ingredients of replacing “zero tolerance” discipline to “restorative justice” techniques that help students develop positive behavior while keeping them in the academic environment.

For those that are new to meditation, fortunately, there is no right or wrong way to do the practice. Many enjoy guided meditations from YouTube that are five to ten minutes long, while others can easily sit in stillness for an hour. If you are like me, I embrace in meditation during yoga practice or do a mini-meditation session each morning and evening with essential oils and the Danielle LaPorte card deck.

Like anything new, start small and gradually increase your meditation time as you become more familiar and comfortable with the method.

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