To misquote a piece of ’80s movie wisdom, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and meditate every so often, you could miss it.
Simply put, meditation can make your life better. The practice has a host of health benefits: It can reduce stress, ease inflammation and lower blood pressure. It can also help a person feel more present — a state that leads to productivity, creativity and comfort. If you’ve ever left the office feeling entirely drained but unsure of what you accomplished, meditation can fix that, too.
A simple coffee (or tea!) meditation is a good place for newbies to start, but works well even for advanced meditators who are stretched for time. Purposeful pauses — mini meditations during the day — offer the opportunity to bring your mind and body back to the present moment, Janice L. Marturano, founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, told HuffPost. She suggests finding something you routinely do that engages your physical senses — whether that’s drinking your morning cup of coffee or getting dressed before work — and turning it into a purposeful pause. Marturano stressed that the action must employ your physical sensations (the smell of brewed coffee, the feel of fabric grazing your arms), because these can only be felt in the present moment.