This 2 Minute Video Is a Basic Guide to Meditation.

Meditation is a simple exercise that brings all kinds of productivity and health benefits . If you’ve never done it before, this video covers the basics perfectly.

The video is narrated by Dan Harris, journalist and author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reducing Stress Without Losing Your Dignity, and Self-Help That Really Works. Harris begins by debunking some of the common stereotypes about meditation and pointing out the practical benefits. Of course, it also lists the simple steps you need to take to get started. Most of us already know that meditation involves sitting and breathing, but Harris addresses the most important purpose of meditation:

Your brain will just go crazy, and that’s okay. The whole game is to notice where you got lost and then start over. Then start over. And again. And again. Every time you do this, your brain seems to squeeze the biceps … Meditation is like everything you do in your life. In fact, failure is success.

Check out the video above (animated by Katie Davis for Happify ). Then follow the links below for more information on how to get started with meditation.

Meditation 101: A Beginner’s Guide | YouTube via Brain Pickings

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