I have recently read the brilliant book 'A Monk's Guide to Happiness' by Gelong Thubten and really enjoyed it. It's written in a very easy to read & understand style and gives lots of tips, recommendations and advice for leading a much happier, and calmer life. Gelong Thubten also talks about his fascinating journey that lead him from living a very stressful unhealthy life (which nearly killed him), to becoming a monks and changing people's lives all over the world. I highly recommend reading it but in case you don't have time, then here are some of the main points that I took away which might be of interest:
-- Again if you are going to try and meditate but don't have much time, then first thing or last thing in the day are best. For example, he states that so many of us are woken up by the shock of our alarm clocks, shove our phones in our face to check for messages, throw coffee down our throats before running out the door... and this is not good for our systems, causing a spike in stress hormones circulating the body. He advises instead to try to waking up our bodies up more gently if at all possible, and then doing a bit of meditation before springing out of bed... for example just concentrating on our breathing, listening to the birds outside the window or feeling our head on the pillow etc etc, just to calm down our stress hormones. I have tried to do this a bit after waking up and it certainly is a better start to the day and I feel alot calmer!
He also gives alot of practical advice on HOW to actually meditate which is great! It's a fab read and available here.
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