The Most Effective Habit

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Amongst the millions of habits that find mention in the history of successful people, I believe the early morning meditation is the most effective. It is simple, has multiple advantages & can help everyone.  

Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.

– Peter McWilliams

In its most basic form, the habit consists of the following steps –

Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.

Step 2: Close your eyes & begin breathing through your nose. Feel each breath. Experience the inhale and exhale.

Step 3: Focus on the breathing for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Morning meditation is best done as one of your first activities in the morning – before newspaper or TV or coffee / tea.

Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.

– Eknath Easwaran

If you are just starting with this habit, you will notice that initially your mind wanders about a lot. That is ok. Let those wandering thoughts come in, but gently bring your focus back on the breathing.

When practiced regularly over a period of time, this habit improves concentration, de-stresses & de-clutters the mind & increases positivism. 

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