The Basics. Gelles starts with a basic definition: “Mindfulness is about increasing our
a. Sit in a chair, or on a cushion, or lie down.
b. Take slow, deep breaths, concentrating on each breath.
c. When your mind wanders, notice it and bring it back to the breath.
d. Break from your busy, hectic life twice a day for time to meditate (2-20 minutes)—and quiet down the mind.
awareness of what’s happening in our minds, throughout our bodies and in the world around us.” The best way to keep our thoughts focused on the present—neither ruminating about the past nor getting anxious about the future—is meditation. Here’s how you do it.