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The Wandering Mind vs. the Here & Now

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Studies have proven that "a wandering mind is an unhappy mind." (1) Harvard Psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert found in their studies that 46.9% of the time, our minds are somewhere else. They concluded that "a human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost." Being present helps you: Maintain full attention Make better decisions Communicate better Perform your job better (1) Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert. "A Wandering Mind is an...
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Breath Counting

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Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. When you inhale, keep your mind at ease. When you exhale, say a number in your mind. One, two, three…up to ten. Breathe at an even, comfortable pace. Make each count as long or short as your exhale naturally lasts. It is not necessary to extend your exhalation in order to extend the count. (For step 4, you can simply make a mental note of each...
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