Feeling overwhelmed by all the shopping, entertaining and eating frenzy of the holidays? Let meditation ease the pressure of the season and help you to feel calm and balanced.
Peace is in your pulse
A great way to redirect your focus off the holiday stress is to find peace with the help of your own heart beat.
This meditation for beginners is what I've nicknamed "Peace Is in Your Pulse." It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.
Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor.
Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).
The mantra is Sat Nam (which means "truth identified").
The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.
On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.
This meditation can be done any time, anywhere and you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.
Gabrielle Bernstein is a meditation teacher, life coach and spiritual leader. She's one of Oprah Winfrey's "Next Generation Thought Leaders" and the author of "Miracles Now" and "Spirit Junkie."