Deepak Chopra’s One-Minute Meditation You Can Do at Your Desk
By JESS BARRON
Last year, I had the opportunity to meet and meditate with physician and bestselling author Deepak Chopra, a leader in mind-body medicine and meditation advisor for Sonima.com.
Chopra believes you can begin practicing meditation anywhere -- even at your desk with your eyes open. He told us about STOP Meditation, which is very simple to practice in just one minute any time during your day to relieve stress and enhance your focus.
In this short video from Sonima.com, Chopra explains how you can do a one-minute meditation at your own desk to give yourself a mini-break from the day's stresses and help you regain mental clarity and calm.
Chopra’s Tips on How to Practice STOP Meditation
1. STOP what you're doing.
2. TAKE some deep breaths and focus on the sensations of your breathing. You can even count your breaths i.e. inhale "1," exhale "2," inhale "3" etc. This helps you reconnect with the present moment and also creates a buffer between your thoughts and your actions.
3. OBSERVE what is going on. Ask yourself four questions:
* Who am I?
* What do I want?
* What is my dharma or purpose?
*What am I grateful for?
4. PROCEED with your day with this new sense of mindful awareness (based on your thoughts or answers to the questions above).
Readers - Have you tried meditation? What did you think? What type of meditation did you try? What benefits have you seen? If not, what is holding you back from trying meditation? Would you try Chopra’s one-minute meditation? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of farmers markets, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012, Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's The Most, ABC News Now and XM satellite radio, and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo.com.