The following guided meditation will help you come home to yourself in this moment, through breath, body and sound. The practice of mindfulness is about making friends with the present moment, which is all we ever have. As Emily Dickinson wrote, “Forever is composed of nows.” Our mind is conditioned to time-travel to the past or future, but life happens in the present. The anchors of breath, body and sound can help to ground us in this moment. In mindfulness meditation, we connect with our sense of inner wisdom—and touch into the vast reservoir of peace that’s always available inside us, if we know how to find it.
This is a ten-minute practice suitable for all meditators, including those who are new to meditation.
As you prepare, find a sitting posture that’s both relaxed and dignified. You can sit in a more traditional way, with legs folded, or you can sit in a chair. Support your body in whatever ways you need. And, most importantly, set the intention to be kind and patient with yourself as you move through the practice. See if you can set aside judgment and bring a sense of curiosity and compassion to your experience.