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Meditation: Lifestyle Practice

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10 Minutes of Meditation Every Day

Simple Instructions:

  • Find a quiet place to sit, free of outside distractions
  • You may use any form of silent contemplation you are comfortable with. Some options:
    • A meditation practice you already have
    • Prayer or silent contemplation
    • Sitting quietly and observing your thoughts without judgment and/or simply observing your breathing
  • Sit and simply engage with the practice you have chosen for 10 minutes

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Why Is This Practice Important?

When you are constantly worrying about the future or fretting about the past — things that we have no power to change — it’s easy to miss out on the present. We spend a lot of our mental energy on worry, but it’s a habit we can change.

A daily practice of bringing your attention to the present can bring clarity, happiness, and power. When you are focused on the present moment, you are focused on things you can actually do something about.

It’s natural and OK to get distracted or even frustrated when you first start meditating. There may be lots of internal noise. Don’t worry about that at all. Your objective is not to make your mind be silent, but to allow thoughts to happen (and not be hooked in by them).

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.