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August 4, 2014

Do You Meditate?

seaside Like yoga, I have tried—and failed—to meditate consistently over the years. I have read books, listened to CDs and taken a class or two. I love meditation in theory but practicing is a different story. My mind wanders or darts about incessantly (did I pay that bill, what should I wear to the party, I wonder how many calories were in that taco). Or, I fall asleep. For awhile I was getting tripped up because I didn’t have a proper mantra—whatever that is. Then I met a friend/energy healer/hairstyle (ummm, how cool is she?) who encouraged me to just breathe. And I began focusing on my breath. Whenever I get distracted, I come back to my breath. I’ve been meditating after or before work for about a week now and feel really energized. The dog usually joins me and we breath together, which I think is healthy for her too, not to mention adorable. The benefits of meditation have been widely documented and read like a laundry list of everything I need more of in my life: peace, mental acuteness, centeredness, lower anxiety, calmness, mindfulness. . . . I’m also hoping meditation becomes a place where I can tune out the noise and get clarity about what is important in life, and what truly contributes to my joy and sense of well-being. If you meditate, what has been your experience? How has meditation made a positive difference in your life?


  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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