8-Minute Video Meditation to Becoming More Mindful

Differentiate between being purposeful and being busy for busy's sake

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Getting Started

  • Find a quiet place to sit comfortably upright—at the edge of your bed, on the floor, or in a chair

  • Close your eyes and tune into the breath or another point of focus to be fully present

  • Relax your body—loosen your shoulders, unclench your jaw, and soften your brows

Busyness has been deemed by society as a good thing; it signals business is booming, productivity is high, and we're steady on the grind. And while staying focused and getting things done helps us move through life, there's healthy busy, and there's crazy busy. When we run through our days on autopilot, we can get caught up in the add-ons or the stories we tell ourselves rather than experiencing each moment for what it is. We spiral down a rabbit hole of thoughts and ever-shifting emotions that numb us to the here and now.

Take a moment to notice those add-ons the next time you go about your morning routine. How can we separate them from our experiences in the moment? Can we walk to catch our train, knowing we're walking to catch the train? Can we take a sip of coffee and notice that we're sipping our coffee? This meditation will help us practice noticing what's happening around us and seeing things for what they actually are.


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