“Going nowhere...isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.”
(Pico Iyer)

When I suggest meditation to clients, more often than not, they will say they have no time to meditate. When I asked Deepak Chopra what I should say to such people, he said “if one does not have time to meditate once a day, one should meditate twice a day”.

In my opinion Meditation is the most important ‘time’ one can give oneself. Everything else falls into place when we start our day with a meditation practice. Ideally it should be done first thing in the morning before turning on the news or checking emails or media.

For more than twenty years I have practiced meditation and mindfulness techniques with various teachers including The Dalai Lama.

The other teachers I have studied with are:

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Pema Chodron

Thich Nhat Hanh

I have also studied Transcendental Meditation - there are several TM centers in NYC.

All methods have a similar approach to getting to the “still point of the turning world”. Some just focus on the breath, some repeat a mantra and some use visualization. The “still point” is where clarity kicks in and we become a witness to how we are in the world.

Meditation is like pressing the refresh button. It simultaneously calms and energizes the mind while empowering us to take a step back and choose the best response to a given situation. It also increases our powers of concentration.  YouTube The Dalai Lama at MIT discussing the five (5) Stages of Meditation.

I meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each time. One can start by taking just one minute twice a day. Use whichever method works best for you.