Because it counters the stress cycle, “meditation is the most transformative thing you can do for your health,” says Woodson Merrell, M.D., chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
And there’s no need to overcomplicate things,: “Just pick a single point of focus – like your breath, an image, or a mantra – and keep your mind trained on it as you sit erect,” advises Merrell.
A million thoughts will come. That’s okay. Just let them go and come back to your focal point. Fifteen minutes first thing in the morning will transform your day, he promises, and over time, your entire life. Don’t worry if some days you can only do a few minutes. The key is daily practice.