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How to meditate when you can’t sit still

By A.C. Shilton

17 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this article as it may just give you that small push towards meditation that you have been looking for. Dive in for some tips on how to approach the practice.

Eyes gently closed, breaths slow and steady: Meditation, at least when other people are doing it, always looks so peaceful.

But in our chronically distracted, phone-addicted world, sitting still for 10 or 20 minutes is tough and often causes your brain to pinball between errant thoughts. Meditation teachers say that you should recognize those impulses and then come back to your breath or whatever you are focused on.

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