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Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

By Leo Babauta The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way. Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. So … I highly recommend this habit. These tips aren’t aimed at helping you to become an expert … they should help you get started and keep going. Sit for just two minutes. Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful. If you’d like help with mindfulness, check out my new Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness short ebook.

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