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Friday, October 3, 2014
MEDITATION TECHNIQUES FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE MEDITATION
DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR PATIENCE FOR DEVOTING 20 MINUTES A DAY TO SITTING STILL? YOU CAN STILL MEDITATE WITH SMALL MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS.
When actor and comedian Wali Collins was in first grade, his teacher, Miss Dunn, would lead the class in a group meditation--except that none of the 6-year-olds realized that’s what she was doing. Having everyone close their eyes, Miss Dunn would ask the class to tell her what they heard.
“Someone might say ‘I hear birds,’ and Miss Dunn would ask, ‘Can everyone hear the birds?’” says Collins. “The class would answer, ‘yes.’”
Other children would add what they heard, such as “the leaves in the trees moving from the wind,” and Collins says someone would always say, “I hear myself breathe.” Once everyone agreed that they could hear their own individual breath, she would have the class open their eyes and she would begin teaching.
“This woman was a genius; she made a game out of meditating,” says Collins. “She took a group of highly energized 6-year-olds to a relaxed place so that our minds were clear from distractions and we could soak up all that she wanted to teach us.”
Collins, who is a regular on Late Show With David Letterman, uses these techniques today before he performs: “I can still hear the calming words of Miss Dunn,” he says. “If you’re feeling crazed, this is the easiest way to relax and clear your mind from stress or unnecessary distractions.” (MORE)