“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” Old Zen Proverb
Last week, there was an article in The New Yorker about how meditation and mindfulness are growing practices in the workplace. To combat our age of “digital burnouts,” meditation is encouraged, and even promoted by companies like Goldman Sachs and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who purchased bulk subscriptions to meditation apps for their employees.
Meditation is defined as engaging in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. Not only is meditation a useful tool for learning how to shape our thoughts and focus on gratitude, it is an excellent technique to combat stress and eliminate anxiety. In minimalist terms, meditation is an exercise in clearing out the clutter of the mind.
To renew my dedication to meditation, I repurposed a quiet corner where a dresser used to be, and transformed it into the Meditation Station, pictured above. I’ll ease back into it with ten minutes of meditation each day, and I encourage everyone to try it out. Start slow, but start.