Saturday, March 08, 2008

Meditation tip: imagine you've been buried alive

Meditation is a great way to unwind after a rough day. But a lot of folks have trouble getting started — they find it hard to relax, or hard to focus on their breathing, for instance.

Well, a construction worker in China went through a horrifying episode, and his survival tactic provides the rest of us with a scenario to visualize in our minds. It seems an effective scenario for forcing yourself to relax your muscles, slow your breathing, and calm your mind.

The scenario is this: You've just been buried alive in a cave in. Your only air is the air in the helmet that just happened to be pressed around your face by the earth covering you.

To survive, you've got to stay calm, relax, and slow your breathing. Panic, and you'll run out of air before your coworkers can dig you out.

Now that's powerful motivation to destress.

Meditation can save your life in more ways than one.

—Mellow Monk

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