By Sarajean Rudman For those of us who work in office settings, spending eight or more hours a day sitting still in front of a screen can leave us out of balance, overstimulated, and disconnected from the rhythms of nature. But don’t worry, there’s hope! Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to […]
Bringing ease into our lives requires specific tools—something more than just telling ourselves to “let it go.” When we worry about the future or rehash the past, the body may feel that tension as if it was happening in the present moment. Thus, the most effective methods work from the inside out, relaxing the body […]
I’ve been interviewing healers and spiritual teachers for a while now, and when I ask them how to live a healthier and happier life, many offer the same answer: meditate.
I hate that answer. When I was 19, I attended a 10-day meditation retreat that necessitated giving up my worldly possessions for the length of the stay, not talking, not making eye contact with anyone, and sitting in silence from 6:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night, with short breaks for meals and meditation lectures. By day two, I was like a prisoner of war planning the Great Escape. One morning after breakfast, when no one was looking, I fled the retreat in a frenzy; I just couldn’t sit in silence for 10 days and do nothing. OK, so maybe “fled” is somewhat of an exaggeration, but the bottom line is I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m just not a fan of meditation. An admirer, yes, but not a fan.
But according to Panache Desai, the spiritual teacher and inspirational visionary who chatted with me during our Kripalu Perspectives podcast, you don’t need to meditate to live a healthier and more joyful life—you just need to incorporate one of the essential elements of meditation into your day.
“Watch your breath,” says Desai, “the inhalation and the exhalation.”