Our new standard is overstimulation. From the news feeds on the internet, social media, and television, to the endless barrage of outside forces reaching for your attention, you deserve to take a few moments and pause. Are you too busy to take a break? This mind-set is sending the masses off on a non-stop flight right into overwhelm. There is no doubt in my mind this is a reason behind the diversity of pharmaceuticals treating the varieties of mental / emotional disorders. Hence the popularity of meditation.

The well deserved recognition in mainstream media is building traction and helping our society find balance and equanimity during these times of overwhelm and tension. There is an old Zen saying that goes like this, “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes each day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour”.

We all need to take a pause each day at least once, although I suggest taking as many as you need to stay balanced and present. What this does is more than the intellect can comprehend and I like to compare it to defragmenting a computer. When you take a few minutes and calm the nervous system, you can rearrange your thoughts and access a heartfelt response from a place of clarity, rather than a place of constant reactivity. Treating yourself to a meditative practice such as this is not only a well deserved gift to yourself, but a needed gift from you to those in your world.

This meditation is designed to recalibrate your senses, opening up your capacity to receive the day, experiencing the fullness of each moment and what it has to offer. Cultivate your inner resilience with a daily meditation practice and see how your world begins to shift.


Do not listen to this recording while driving or operation anything at all.


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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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