We begin each class with some meditation time. Students sit cross legged, eyes closed for anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Breathing in the positive, breathing out the negative.
We meditate to help us focus. It encourages us to be present in the current moment. Letting go what happened earlier today. Letting be what may or may not happen later. Numerous studies on meditation comment on its benefits. Even a short daily practice can significantly reduce stress, improve focus, increase awareness, and aid productivity and performance.
It’s often hard for students, young or old, to sit quietly for even a short period. Like anything we want to improve, we practice. There are many different guided audios, videos, classes and articles about ways to meditate. Start slowly, try not to judge yourself, and persevere. Find what works best for you!